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Games students helping test new title ahead of UK release

Feb 19, 2019

Games students helping test new title ahead of UK release

Nescot students are helping to test a new computer game ahead of its launch in the UK.

Games, Animation and VFX students have been doing work experience at Reef Entertainment, a Croydon-based video games publisher and distributor which is developing its own titles.

Students have been working in pairs to test the game, telling their developers what they liked and sharing any ideas for improvement.

The students have signed non-disclosure agreements, which means they can’t give any information about the game they’re testing, but they described the experience as ‘brilliant’.

Summer, who went to Cheam High School for Girls, is aiming to become an animator for Disney, and said she’d learnt a lot from her work experience at Reef Entertainment.

“The developers were really focussed on the user experience, so I learnt to take my time and look hard at every little detail to see where improvements could be made,” she added.

“I’ve learnt so much in my first term at Nescot, and the work experience showed me that there are so many jobs in so many different areas of the industry.”

David, whose favourite games include Red Dead Redemption and the 2016 reboot of Doom, said he was hoping to do more work experience at Reef Entertainment.

“It was a brilliant experience, because we got to see what it’s actually like working in the industry and what we would be doing day-to-day,” he said.

“The best thing about the course at Nescot is the variety. You work on everything from animation to modelling, texturing and programming, so it gives you a really good foundation.

“You learn about what’s involved in each area, and from there you can work out what you’re best at and where you could specialise in the future.”

Louise Gaskin, Head of Games, Animation and VFX at Nescot, thanked Reef Entertainment for hosting the students on work experience.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for them to work on a real game before anyone else, and to see the development processes first-hand,” she added.

“Work experience is a unique chance for the students to ‘test’ a job, and often they come back to college really excited about a career path they hadn’t previously considered.”

Nescot offers the NEXTGEN Games, Animation and VFX Skills at Level 3, as well as a range of courses in Media, Music, Digital Design and Content Production.

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