The last 12 months have been excellent. I was lucky enough to be asked to join the wonderfully talented guys at PLA Studios, who offered me an opportunity to not only develop games, but have a massive say in what those games were. I got to continue teaching at South Bank university, building on from the work and fun that I had with the second year group that I taught the year before.
Most of the students had decided to use Unity as their engine of choice for their third year project, having used it in our 3D Level Design module. Being involved in the first major individual project for most of the students is a special experience, and I hope that I’ve been of some help to them along the way, not only with the Unity side of things, but also in terms of bashing out design theory, documentation and general professional practice.I’m really looking forward to the end of year show, I’ll be very proud of them all.
The last 12 months have also seen the conception and growth of the London Unity User Group (LUUG), which I co-organise with Jasper Stocker.We’ve had very pleasing attendance figures, and we’ve been lucky enough to secure inspiring Unity developers to not only show off their amazing projects, but discuss their own personal experiences using Unity. It’s a real community feeling, and there’s often a few sore heads the morning after.
All of this has played a pivotal role in allowing me the opportunity to join a company, and more importantly, the individuals who have provided me with a platform that I’ve tried so hard to launch my career from.
Unity was a catalyst to allowing a self-proclaimed game designer the opportunity to learn the intricacies of game development in a manner that was accessible and intuitive. I had a blast during the first few weeks of developing Starlings, and that kept me learning new things every day.
I’m going to be joining Unity Technologies as a Product Evangelist, so essentially my job will be to grow and communicate with the community, and with such an amazing community, and one that has played a huge part in allowing me to be in this situation, how could I not be excited?
As I write this I’m on the plane over to GDC, gearing up for my first week of work, and my first experience of the USA.
I’m incredibly excited.
See you soon.