Guildford Games Fest

Covid-19 may have forced us all to move online but for our Games Development course at Godalming College the Guildford Games Fest provided some exciting opportunities.

The term was still young when the developers started work on a 'Request to Pitch' supplied by SuperMassive Games of Guildford.  Given the brief of producing a Puzzle Game for the casual gamer market the students produced some extremely exciting and innovative ideas.  Each student was then given the chance to pitch their game idea – a scary experience for some, but hugely rewarding and confidence boosting in other ways.

Our students were also privileged to be invited to the Industry Day for the 2nd Annual Guildford Games Festival.  The event was held over 2 days – 13-14 November.  Last year a group of students attended and really enjoyed the event and so we were looking forward to this year, which inevitably became a virtual!  The festival, as highlighted on BBC News attracted over 2.7 million views.  It provided our students (and many others) with the chance to hear from the people at the very heart of Guildford ‘Hollywood of Games’ industry.  One could hear from the big giants such as EA Games, some smaller independents including Salix Games founded by Jessica Saunders a former Godalming College student.  The festival coincided with our students designing their first game, so came just at the right time for our students to hear from designers, developers, to see newly released games and even (on the Saturday) attend master classes in games design.

Throughout this term the computer games developers here at College have also had the opportunity to take part in UKie Games Jam and GMC Jam 39.  One lucky student has been offered the chance to enter the Into Games Young Journalist 2020.  They have been selected to work alongside a professional to create their own article to be published on the Into Games and Critics’ Club websites.  

Another couple of lucky students are looking forward to 2021 and their chance to have work experience with Guildford Games companies.  The Spring Term looks exciting for all our Games Developers as they plan to enter their games and/or game concepts to the BAFTA Young Gamer of the Year Awards 2021.

All in all a very busy first term and an exciting year ahead.

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