Honours Blog Round Off

Showreel

My last post concluded with me posting a short video of my game to be considered for the Abertay showreel compilation.  When I posted it I was having massive problems with format types and size limitations, which led to a below average the video quality.  Because of this I was pretty convinced my submission would be completely rejected.  However I was surprised and flattered to see that my clip was one of the first to be shown in the video.


Sketchbook

Term 2 Sketchbook


Final Game

I am still unsure as to whether or not I wish to continue working on Last Solus in the future, but for the time being this will be the final playthrough video.  While it's far from being a great game, I feel for a solo student project I did not too bad. 


Dissertation

If I'm being honest I don't feel I pushed myself the way I should of for the dissertation.  I was so caught up with my project my dissertation was often neglected. I do believe it sometimes manages to accurately explore atmosphere in horror games in interesting ways, but for the most part it falls flat, which is a shame.  Anyway, I will let you be the judge. A PDF of my dissertation can be found here.


Posters

or the showcase I had to create several posters to convey the theme, tone and purpose of my game.  Despite some issues with the file format and printing I'm happy with how they turned out.


Abertay Showcase

After hand-ins where finished I had the task of showcasing my game for four days at the Hannah Maclure Centre.  This was my first experience presenting my work to the public and at first I found the whole experience quite overwhelming but I quickly managed to adjust and ended up really enjoying it.


Prize for Commercial Potential

On the first day of the showcase I was awarded the Design in Action Prize for Commercial Potential.  The prize is awarded to a student "who produces a well thought-through project from a commercial viewpoint in terms of polish, direction and brand".  I wasn't expecting any sort of award so this came to a massive surprised and I was truly honoured.


Design Summit

After receiving the award, Design in Action invited me to showcase my project at their Design Summit event in Edinburgh.  I was pretty ill at the time so didn't manage to make the most of the showcase but it was great to meet and talk to some of the other exhibitors and previous Commercial Potential Award winners.


Graduation

Finally graduation!  It's been a long and occasionally tough year but I can honestly say I had a fantastic time throughout.  My time at Abertay has led to some the most interesting and rewarding years of my life. From lecturers, to friends, to flatmates, I’ve met some amazing people and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who took the time to check out this blog over the past year or so, seeing the view count go up often kept me motivated to keep working when I was otherwise burnt out.   If you have any questions about my work or course feel free to message me and I’ll be sure to get back to you. 

Bye for now,

Jamie