Who am I?


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Hey, I’m Alex Tandy or as I’m now formally known Alex.theDev. I’m an independent games developer and I’m going to talk about and reflect on my entire learning journey. I will then conclude with what I plan on doing with everything I’ve learned.


Pre-University?


This was me getting my foot in the door, learning how things work and how the games industry is broken down. I really enjoyed most of the assignments and as such finished with the second highest mark. This is when I knew games development is definitely something I want to work with.


Year 1


Game Programming


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  • My favourite & coolest project from the first year
  • Thrown into the deep end with code
  • Undeniably helped me get to where I am today with programming
  • Learned a lot about scope (aimed for the skies)
  • Missed out on polish due to the large idea

Art Asset Creation


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  • Art isn’t my strongest suit but some good things came out of this
  • Discovered style guides
  • Practiced 2D animation
  • Over 100 engine ready assets
  • Tested in previous employability presentation

Game Design & WIC


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  • 2 modules connected – Design & pitch then create throughout the year
  • Improved knowledge on game design
  • Further experience using Unity & C#
  • Fairly large scale project, incomplete but polish included
  • Quirky, unique game with interesting mechanics

Game Tech


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  • My thoughts on this project have changed alot over time
  • Valuable engine & code experience
  • Tried pushing more into art & animation
  • If refined it could make a nice little game

Employability


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  • Introduction into networking
  • Better understanding of the industry & structure
  • Presentation made in Unity & made use of art assets

last years

My main goal in the presentation was to create a mobile game throughout summer. This was achieved and I got to experience working collaboratively.


Year 2


User Interface


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  • Insight into the depth & detail of UI design
  • Match 3 a horrible yet perfect example to use
  • Great introduction into mobile UI
  • Clean space themed UI – Visuals & code improved
  • Minor problems/hurdles – learned to test

Game Tech 2


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  • Opportunity to work in a larger team
  • Worked very well with the team and worked on the main systems
  • An array of mini-game ideas, 5 prototypes, 3 polished levels
  • Mini-games had to get cut, disappointing but helpful
  • Missed some key milestones due to poor team performance

WIC 2


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  • Most enjoyed module over the 2 years
  • Difficulty with business documentation at start
  • Completely dedicated to the project & team from the beginning
  • Mountains of work, new systems or bugs each week
  • Worked with UE4 & Unity
  • Created all core systems, excellent portfolio piece
  • First released polished product through university

Cross Platform


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  • Previous experience with Android aided this assignment
  • Understanding of test plans and the uses of one
  • Discovered new bug tracking software
  • Discovered the amount of detail that can go into reporting a single bug
  • Much better knowledge on mobile publishing platforms

Marketing


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  • Experienced brand creation – May have spent too much time here
  • Elegant site, blog, cards & logo alongside brand
  • Understanding of what a marketing plan is & how it works
  • More professional social presence
  • Tight schedule defined, caused a few issues during employability

Employability 2


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  • Learning contract, alternate learning experience
  • Learned about the basics of C++
  • Further networking experience
  • Experience with UE4 & basic console applications
  • Slow start, eventually picked up what I was doing
  • Ran into a few problems, especially with the build

The Future…


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  • A short break
  • Work on Finger Ninja 
  • Work on a few other projects
  • Apply for Jobs

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