Industry skills message hits mainstream news

GamesIndustry.Biz writes: "The issue of the perceived skills gap between what games degrees are providing and what developers need for employment moved forward a step today, with mainstream news reporting on the issue for the first time.

"95 per cent of videogaming degrees are simply not fit for purpose," said Frontier Developments boss David Braben to the BBC, echoing comments he made to eight months ago.

"Without some sort of common standard, like Skillset accreditation, these degrees are a waste of time for all concerned. We are facing a serious decline in the quality of graduates looking to enter the industry - the death [sic] of maths, physics and computer science graduates is hitting us hard", he added."

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Pornlord3832d ago

Haha, you are correct fishy. On topic, I know a few people that have gaming degrees, useless. They are in the process of making their own game in a different way, that's apparently more important to game companies. Showing them a small game that you made yourself speaks volumes apparently.

Fishy Fingers3832d ago

Worked for Media Molecule, Rag doll Kung fu was their first "big" title, then pitched LBP to Sony....

And well, the rest is history.

NO_PUDding3832d ago (Edited 3832d ago )

Yer, but they had been with Lionhead before, so they had not only experience, but through Lionhead a recommendation.

It's not like they just sprang from nothing to indy to Sony.

I have tons of ideas for games, to redefine games, but who doesn't? I am going to try to get into the industry throguh journalism or Art and modelling. But I know how unlikely it is anyway.

ThatArtGuy3832d ago

Don't show this article to the advertisers on N4G.

okcomputer3832d ago

Well you had to figure the diplomas from all those "video game design" classes being offered by toilets like devry weren't worth the paper they were printed on. Just common sense.

Isaac3832d ago

It is not just the lack of science bachelors, it is the fact that everyone wants to be the next Miyamoto, david jaffe, or whatever and they study art thinking they are cool when all the assets they produce are garbage at best. When developers tell you "Study a bit about everything", they aren't telling you "You can do it, just do this and that", they are telling you "you're probably gonna fail, but for those that won't, this might help".

BrotherNick3832d ago

I think there's too many people gaming and not enough programmers. We've all had an idea before, we just need to get off our asses.

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