A guest post by Joanna Moylan
For as long as I can remember, video games have always been a part of my childhood. My family and I used to gather around the PC, scratching our heads over a tricky adventure game puzzle, or we would battle it out at Tekken on the Playstation. I have always loved video games.
I suppose my main motivation for pursuing a career in the video game industry was around the time that I noticed a decline in the quality of AAA games. While graphics and physics engines were improving, gameplay was going downhill. Games were becoming shorter, more expensive and less satisfying to play. It was as if developers had forgotten that games were supposed to be fun. I wanted to fix that.
Lots of options for those who study gaming
Games designer and author Jane McGonigal thinks games can change the world. In this TED Talk, she reveals how teams of gamers can work together to solve problems – and still have fun!
Are you a games designer? Win a placement at Microsoft in the Smart Futures competition.
Read about career opportunities in gaming in Ireland.
Historian George Dyson takes a look at the struggles of early computer scientists and engineers in this TED Talk recorded in 2008. From arguments over who got most sugar in their tea, to what to do when a mouse invaded, this talk shows that ingenuity and perseverance were both in demand.
Want to follow in the footsteps of the computing pioneers? Join the Smart Futures competition and Online Careers Fair.