Exploring Games Development

The Gaming Industry is relatively new to Ireland but it is definitely building a reputation with companies such as big players like EA Bioware, Zynga, Riot and Digit setting up offices here. The creative environment has attracted talent back to the country. Computer Games Technology is innovative and exciting from a technological and creative perspective, providing career opportunities for logical students.

Griffith College offers a Certificate in Computer Games Technology and also the opportunity to specialise in Games Development in the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computing Science.

Brenda Romero, the internationally renowned gaming designer notes that Ireland has a lot to offer the Gaming Industry. In 2015, Romero won the coveted Ambassador’s Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. In 2014, she received a Fulbright award to study Ireland’s game industry, academic and government policies. In 2013, she was named one of the top 10 game developers by Gamasutra.com. She also co-owns Romero Games that’s based in Galway. This woman is not one to be underestimated!

Romero is excited by the potential the games market has to offer Ireland:

“The natural creative and technical talent that Ireland is renowned for in software, animation, music and literature is a resource that is key to developing world-class games.”

Griffith College recently held its annual Games Development Workshop with twenty students across 4th, 5th and 6th year attending. The workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of Computer Science through the creation of their own game. The Games Development Workshop, broken into a morning and afternoon session, gave students an insight into key areas of interest in the technology sector as well as an understanding of topics covered in the Computing Science degree. Griffith College lecturer, Tim Dawson held the workshop in the state-of-the-art Mac labs with each student having the chance to interact with him while developing their individual games.

Dr. Waseem Akhtar, the Head of the Computing Faculty, gave a presentation to the students in the afternoon. Continuing from the skills learned in the morning, Dr. Akhtar talked to the students about the history and importance of computing science, as well as sharing insights into both personal career development and that within the I.T. industry, remarking that, "In every academic programme, there are usually modules and assignments where students learn about themselves, evaluate their own skills."

Here, you can watch Brenda Romero describe how games design and development should be seen as a form of art. 

So Ireland what does this imply?? When it comes to the gaming industry, we need to watch the space!

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Ellie Tallon
Ellie Tallon

Ellie brings her post-college wisdom, endless pop culture references and Mindy Kaling fan-girling to the Griffith Blog. Her calling is digital and content marketing but she still dreams of a job where she gets paid to eat, travel, take photos and quote Firefly.

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