Q&A with Stephen
Describe what you currently do, and tell us the best part about your position.
I am a Graphics Programmer at Blind Squirrel Games. We mostly partner with other studios and usually do remasters, so I get exposed to many different game engines. Getting to see how different teams and engines have built their games is great for learning and very fun as a programmer.
How did you first become interested in a career in gaming?
In high school I started to think about what I wanted to do for a career. I was a gamer and liked computers, so becoming a game programmer seemed like a great fit.
Why did you choose to go to the Guildhall?
Choosing to go back to school to learn to make games was a big decision. I wanted to give it 100% and go to the best school there is - and that is Guildhall.
Describe your experience at Guildhall.
I will never forget my time at Guildhall. It was exhilarating, challenging, stressful, and super fun all at the same time. I built friendships that will last a lifetime and loved the sense of camaraderie our cohort had as we went through the curriculum together. We were competing against each other but also helping each other. The teachers were world class and willing to help us in any way they could.
How did the Guildhall prepare you for your career in gaming?
Guildhall simulated what working in the industry is like with a high degree of accuracy. I learned the fundamentals of game programming, teamwork, planning, and made full games with the other students. Transitioning from Guildhall to an industry job was easy. Getting through Guildhall was tough.
What advice would you offer current Guildhall students?
Give it 100%. Make friends. Talk to your professors. Push yourself. Your time at Guildhall is unique, so take full advantage of it while you can.