When a mysterious item called Job Hunting 101 with Eastside games appeared on our schedules, most of us students did not really know what to expect or what to make of this invitation. Yet the Design Theater was packed to the brim on Friday, May 3rd for this event, which was the first in a series and featured Josh Nilson of Eastside Games, as well as two VFS Game Design alumni currently working there, who talked about the hiring process and the development landscape here in Vancouver.
The talk was moderated by Josh Nilson, founder of Eastside Games, who brought to the table a lot of experience and talked himself into different jobs and made a few mistakes that caused a lot of amusement amongst the audience.
With him were Game Design alumni, Kay Chan and Josh Wood, who are now both valuable members of the Eastside Games team.
When asked about her experience as a student of VFS, Kay Chan describes it as, “Intensely fun!” Kay Chan was part of the 22nd graduating class of VFS Game Design and is currently working as an Associate Producer at East Side Games, Vancouver, Canada.
Originating from Sydney, Australia, Kay was working in marketing and web development when she realised, “Hey! Someone has to make games.” She decided the switch to video games and looked at game design schools all over the world. She felt that VFS had a pretty good resume and portfolio of student games. “In a way, it was a really quick program: a 1-year intensive, as opposed to a 2-year master’s program,” she said. Talking to other students helped her make her decision to join VFS Game Design.
Two VFS Game Design student teams are finalists for 2012 Unity Awards under the category “Best Student Project” — and their games are getting a fair amount of buzz too, with articles written in both Eurogamer and VG247 about the nominations! The games nominated are Pulse and The Mask of Qi.