Summer is ending (insert sad face here) and so is the development of the Savvy Bear app. We are hoping to submit the app this coming Monday providing all goes well.
Developing this app has been a great experience and has only fueled my desire to develop games. Being able to develop this app as a full time job has been a dream come true and finally all the hard work put in over the last few years is starting to really pay off.
My advice to anyone who is trying to get into the games industry and is currently studying in any type of course that relates to game dev like computer science or even SFX and wants a job is to get yourself out there immediately. I was given this advice and that's what I done. Show your work to everyone, ask anyone in the industry that you meet "is there any internships going". Even if you are just sitting and watchin in an internship you will learn so much. More than you could ever learn on college.
You must engrose yourself in the work, show passion and dedication and these companies will take a liking to you and see you are a good prospect. When I did my internship in the summer of 2012 I was delighted how it went and sad when it ended. I worked hard. I went in on days when no other development staff where in and worked just to show how much I wanted it. 6 months later I got a call saying the company where hiring and there i was with a full time job in game development while studying game development part time.
Also throughout the summer I have been developing Nee and the Thaw for the chrome browser. this was a completely different experience as we had free reign over the design. I found it difficult to balance the two with deadlines. I would definitely be a fan of working on my own for side projects rather than under a deadline with a team. Sometimes you just want to sleep when work has to be done.
The team I worked with, Darren Murphy and Colin Kirwan were great. Colin is a great artist and Darren knows a lot about level design. He is the one to blame for how hard Nee is. Overall the project went really well and I'm happy with how it turned out.
That brings me back to now. As I said the Savvy Bear app is nearly done and the team are very excited to see it released. A big marketing push and hopefully you will see the Savvy brand everywhere.
Over and out peeps. Follow me on twitter @JamieGameDev