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This Week @ Into Games - May #1

Hello everyone 👋

Welcome to July! We’ve had some busy, busy weeks recently at Into Games, but we’re excited to be back in your mailboxes with some exciting content!

Highlights 

 

🎪 Missed out on our Careers Festival? No worries! We’re working on getting these uploaded to our YouTube in the future! In the meantime, why not check out the content from last year’s event!

 

🏆 Our IG50 winners have been announced, check out the winners on our IG50 website, or learn more about what IG50 is in our newest blog post


🤩 Atomhawk Art Competition! - Atomhawk has announced their new art competition with winners being awarded prizes such as an Xbox Series X, Wacom Cintiq, and a mentorship session! Submissions open July 7th, and close August 7th so go check out the brief and get involved!

Events


🏖️ Develop: Brighton Conference 2022
12 - 14 July 2022,  Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton BN1 2FU
 

Develop: Brighton is a conference, expo, and networking event for absolutely everyone involved in developing games. Some of the team members of Into Games will be attending Develop, so make sure to stop by and say hi! 

 

🏳️‍⚧️ OMG @ Trans Pride Brighton Tickets
16th July, 11:00 - 16:00PM BST, Jubilee Square, Brighton. 

Out Making Games are attending Trans Pride Brighton & Hove to celebrate and support their trans community. They'd love you to come and join, and maybe make some friends along the way!

 

🤝 Cambridge Game Makers Monthly Meetup!
The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk Street. Cambridge, CB1 2LF

Are you local to Cambridge? Why not pop along to this Casual monthly meetup for local game developers? They meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Blue Moon pub.

“This is a diverse group of makers of all sorts, from AAA video games to indie board games. Never made a game before, but want to get started? That's cool! Come say hi!” 



 

 

👋 Snappy Gurus - Careers Week
18th-24th July 2022, 9am-10pm. 

Snappy Guru’s are hosting an entirely virtual careers event on their discord server! They plan to have over 50 talks, interviews, portfolio review sessions, and Q&A with people from both the film and games industries. A timetable will be released on July 10th, so be sure to join to stay up to date. 

 

💼 W.A.S.D Careers
17 Nov– 18 Nov 2022, 10:00 - 18:00 GMT

W.A.S.D Careers is for anyone interested in a career in the games industry! A chance to showcase your work and chat to games companies.

The show floor will include:

  • Students showcase - students show their playable work

  • Developer stands - developers meet talented students

  • Recruitment area - recruiter booths to talk to candidates

  • Technology focus - tech providers show off their capability on the event floor

  • Educators - educators meet the candidates of the future, employers and government

  • Meeting/chat/networking - a free meeting system to match developers and students

  • Esports and publishing - how to get into the business

  • Charity - make something that makes a difference and meet the people involved

Job Listings


Junior Community Manager 
Two Point Studios // Farnham, UK

Junior Social Media Manager
Gamurs Group // Remote

Brand Marketing Coordinator
Splash Damage // London, UK

Trainee Animator
Creative Assembly // Horsham, UK

UK English Speaking Game Tester
Keywords Studios // Dublin, Ireland. 

French Speaking Game Tester
Keywords Studios // Remote (Dublin, Ireland) 

Game Guides Writer 
Age of Publishing // Remote

Graduate VFX Artist
Frontier Developments // Cambridge, UK

Esports Centre Assistant
Esports Centre, University of Warwick // Warwick, UK

Key Resources Of The Week 

 

🖼️ Creating a Realistic Portrait of Jinx in ZBrush, Maya & Substance 3D - Character Artist Joshua Gouw/Wu shared a detailed breakdown of the Jinx project, explained how her face and outfit were sculpted, and discussed the texturing and lighting processes.

 

🦋 Life is Strange with Katy Bentz - In this episode of ‘Safe Space: The Video Games Mental Health Podcast’ Rosie and Mikayla (Safe In Our World Patron) talk to Katy Bentz, aka the voice of Steph Gingrich from Life is Strange! 

They discuss the impact of characters like Steph for the LGBTQIA+ community, and Katy's experiences playing a character that is so adored within the LIS fandom. Katy recalls some of her favourite moments from recording True Colors, as well as her favourite interactions with the LIS community. 

 

📘 Game Writers and Narrative Designers - The evolving role of storytelling professionals in game development! - If you’re interested in learning more about what game writers and narrative designers do try your luck and enter the raffle to win a copy of Chride Lassheikki’s MA thesis book! 

 

🕹️ What is Player Experience in Game Dev? - Game Dev London’s Stuart and Chris talk about player experience, what is it, how do we create it, what makes for a good experience?

 

🐟 A deep dive into Boids using Niagara and Unreal Engine - An amazing walkthrough of how freelance environment artist Ghislain Girardot created a school of swimming fish using Boids. 


💡 I packed 50 BLENDER TIPS into one video! - This tutorial contains 50 tips and tricks to learn Blender 3D. Tips for modeling, sculpting, texturing, animating and more. Secret blender tools to speed your workflow and improve your digital art.

Courses 

 

It's time to apply for the PROTOGÉ x INFINITY27 Summer Camp...

Please find the Summer Camp application form here: Summer Camp 2022 Application Form - Google Forms

If you feel you need help with or have any questions on the application process, please reach out to: help@protoge.uk 


Here are some words from the organisers

Who, When & Where?

The camp will run in person over two weeks between 8th and 19th August at PROTO, Gateshead, and will consist of hands-on activities. The camp will be for ages 16+ with anybody under the age of 18 requiring parent/guardian permission form to be signed.

What?

There will be three types of hands-on activities - covering art, design and development - for people who are seeking a career in games, immersive and real-time 3D with Unreal Engine.


Why?

The North East, in particular Gateshead, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, has become a hotspot for emerging technology businesses and home to many large and small development companies that are seriously needing new talent (experienced and newbies) to fill a variety of roles. PROTOGÉ and INFINITY27 have been working to bridge the skills and experience gap for these companies by providing placement opportunities in the region. We are the best positioned to give you the advice, guidance and experience that may help you get that career role you've been trying to get.

 

Remember, that we are not another training provider, we are an active design studio. This is not another course or bootcamp. We are focusing on giving you live, real world, practical experience as part of a team to help you get what you need to make it in the games, immersive and real-time 3D industries.

 

We will be making a professional development plan with you and helping you to present your work and experience in the best light to help you get where you want to be. Therefore, you will have to be seriously wanting to get yourself into the games, immersive or real-time 3D industry if you wish to be successful in applying and making the most of the opportunity. 

Prerequisites

There are only a few things we require from you if you wish to apply. 

Step 1: Complete the Your First Hour In Unreal Engine 5 video tutorial series (1-2 hours) - LINK


Step 2: Attempt each of the three QuickStart Guides... (2-3 hours total)

  • Art (20-45 mins) - LINK

  • Design (20-45 mins) - LINK

  • Programming (20-45 mins) - LINK

 

Step 3: Apply for a micro-placement using the Summer Camp 2022 Application Form

 

Next Steps

After you have applied for and been accepted onto a micro-placement you’ll have a brief induction interview via Google Meet. This is so we can find out more about you and set some objectives with you to make the most of your time with us in a meaningful and productive way.

We aim to respond to all applicants by the end of July, even if you’ve been unsuccessful.

If you feel you need help with or have any questions on the application process, please reach out to: help@protoge.uk

 

Career Advice

🤔 Should I disclose my mental health in an interview? Take a look at the excerpt from our panel ‘Safe in the Workplace’ from the Into Games Careers Festival 2022.

Design Workouts

 

 

Make sure to join our Discord NOW to take part in the current design workout: 
 

🧜‍♀️ Underwater Kingdom 🧜‍♀️
 

Prepare your snorkels and air tanks; we’ll be diving into the depths of the ocean. This brief is open to all disciplines, and will be running for three whole weeks, giving you plenty of time to get SUNK in! 

 

For inspiration, take a look at the game dev inspiration thread we put together!

Or check out the winners of our previous design workout: 

 

🔥 Renegade Recruitment 🔥

From The Community 

 

During our Careers Festival we put together a virtual exhibition to show off the amazing work of our community! We plan to get this up on our YouTube ASAP, but in the meantime, why not take a look at a few of the pieces that were featured inside it? 



Megan Gatt - Nim’s World



 

🎵 In the mood for an epic music score? Listen to Aroan by lesserknown to get pumped up! 


📚 Read the full piece by Max Tittle


Kyle Wisbey - Lego Ford Anglia


 

Highlighted Post ⭐ 

 
▶️ Take a look at this great short video displaying different methods for adding edge loops to Blender models!

That’s all from us, see you in a fortnight! 👋

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