Tuesday, 16 November 2010

gaming......who plays games?!?!?!

Games have been around for a long time, the origin of gaming came from early cathode ray tube based missile defence systems in the late 1940s, though the 1950s-1960s games where beginning to be developed more Mostly on Mainframe computers but gradually became more and more sophisticated and new advanced platforms where arriving such as Arcade, game consoles, personal computers and later on in the late 1980s hand held games. The golden age I personal think is today's generation, online gaming, multi player, interactive gaming (wee , PS3 move , Xbox kenect) with platforms that blow my mind when I think about it, But none of this would have been here if The NES was not released! The NES or Nintendo entertainment system was sold to the public around 1983 using an 8bit platform Super Mario brothers was born, the NES was a success and dominated the market until the next generation of consoles in the 1990s this generation was the biggest leap for consoles, seeing the arrival of the Sega master system, play station 1, Nintendo 64, the game boy and also advancement into Computer gaming. There are so many games that have been made for all these platforms and a lot of the famous ones like the Zelda series , Dragon quest, final fantasy the birth of RPGs or Role playing games. From here New genres where being introduced such as stealth gaming with the first of the metal gear solid series then came survival horror with the release of sweet home. The 1990s was the home to 3D gaming with the creation of First person shooters real time strategy and Hand held consoles. Thus generation saw the arrival of grate games such as Wolfenstein 3D , starglider2 or alpha waves, later in the 90s came MMORPGs also know as Mass muti online role playing games, Ultima online and Everquest where created which would soon open the release of runescape.
Once this platform was now available games and consoles became more and more powerfull as the Playstation1 ,2 then later in the 2000s playstation3, the Nintendo series ( now at Xbox 360 ) and computers OS like alien wear and Dell XPS opening new gates for games.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Guest lecture, Blitz gaming

One of my first Guest lectures ever in the history of my life, The lecture itself was very informing, both Blitz team members went into grate detail about what types of work is created within the industry and how my course will give me the skills to progress to a level where I can work for a gaming company. I had no idea that Blitz is one the top tier Independent company's in Europe and has been around since 1990 back when conceals such as Play Station 1, Gameboy and the Nintendo 64.
I was Impressed by the fact the company works on many platforms and don't specialise I one area, for example the team consists of Character artists, landscape artists, 3D artists, animators , technical artists, And There are more areas but I can't quite remember them all ! Regardless one area really took my fancy as I was not 100% sure what area I wanted to specialise in, I now know what I want to become......A character artiest. After looking into what makes a good character artist I began looking at possible jobs within the industry I looked at a range of company's: Blitz, Codemasters, Lion head, Blizzard entertainment and Epic games. The ones that stood out the most are Lion head,Codemasters and Blitz just because of the Diversity The company's have and the training they offer you if your part of the team. So I am going to Rap this post up to be honest, but most important I have walked away from the lecture with a clear knowing of what I want to become...A character artist !!!!!!

This is my first 2D charactar Very prodictable!