This time A Conversation with… tracked down Kyle Jensen who is working at United Front Games, Kyle was also from our 9th graduating class.
Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry
I am currently a Game Designer at United Front Games in Vancouver. I’ve worked on Sleeping Dogs, Sleeping Dogs DLC, and currently working on an unannounced title with Nexon. On the Sleeping Dogs projects, I was mainly a combat designer where I helped design and implement combat gameplay. More recently, I’ve had my hand in level design and ability design. Overall, I am much more of a technical designer these days, where I am able to rapidly prototype features to help get my designs across to the rest of the team.
It’s Week 5 of Term 1, and we thought it was about time for us to sit down and have a chat – “we” being Janel Jolly and Anna Prein, from VFS Game Design‘s Class 33. Being both recipients of the Women in Games Scholarship, we wanted to learn more about each other, and what we thought of the program. So, let’s start!
Janel Jolly : Hey Anna! I’ll go ahead and start with the first question. What attracted you to the Game Design program at the Vancouver Film School?
Anna Prein : I’ve been living in Vancouver for about 5 years now, and a former roommate actually applied for the same Women in Games Scholarship a few years back. Once I had finished having my existential crisis about doing an unrelated undergraduate degree and then committed to pursuing game design, VFS was the first school I thought of.
In the past year, I started actively going to events in the community here, like Full Indie, and I kept meeting VFS Game Design graduates who were all intensely positive about their experience and who urged me to apply. I think that was definitely the biggest push! What about you?
On Thursday, January 31, 2013, VFS Game Design hosted it’s industry night event Pitch and Play, giving their 26th graduating class the chance to show off months of hard work, and industry professionals the opportunity to check out some great talent. The event saw another terrific turnout, with representatives from studios such as Next Level Games, United Front Games, and Jet Pack Interactive making an appearance.
The presentation also provided the backdrop for the official announcement of Game Design’s community blog and games site Arcade, with Dave Warfield calling for contributors to help make the site a showcase hub for student achievements.
2012 was a year not to be forgotten by developers of video games. A plethora of fantastic AAA titles were released, some of them, the sequels to incredible games from years past. To pluck each of these games and arrange them in a list was a daunting task, but these 10 are undoubtedly the best of the best in 2012.
Number 10 – Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars is a franchise that always knows the direction it’s going in and maintains it to the end. The first game in the series focused on a unique class structure, and intense player vs. player action. Guild Wars 2 has carried this on, and become a solid contender in the massive multiplayer online genre. The game has a vast open world, populated with tons of missions to keep players on their toes, all while allowing them to simply hop in and out of instant level 80 PvP. With a perfect subscription fee of zero dollars, how could this stunner not be among this list? Read More