Biographies

Biographies

Name: David Nunn
Age: 35
First experience with video games: I used to play the Commodore Sinclair and Atari with great confusion, until the NES came out and it was my prized possession, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being my first real adventure from start to finish.
Favourite game: Half-Life 2
Favourite game studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Future Ambitions: To create some immersive and emotional experiences, that stay with the gamer for a very long time. It is important that good narratives stay in gaming and that not everything is based around killing and being the most talented killer. I believe in games for the gamer and not for profiteering.

Name: Thomas Herbert
Age: 20
First experience with gaming: My first experience with gaming that I can remember was playing Mario 64 on my uncles Nintendo 64 Console. I remember getting excited when me and my parents would go and visit my grandparents as I knew that I could go and play a few more levels of Mario. Even though I wasn’t very good at it I still enjoyed playing it. The first console that I owned myself was the original Xbox with lots of different types of games. From Open world games like Red Dead Revolver and The Simpsons Hit and Run, to racing games like Need For Speed Most Wanted. After that I got a PS2 and since then I have stuck with PlayStation consoles with the exception of the Nintendo DS.
Favourite Game: At the moment my favourite game is the PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us. Its my favourite because it has one of the best narratives in a video game that I’ve ever seen with a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with constant twists and an enjoyable multiplayer that requires good teamwork and communication to succeed.
Favourite Game Studio: y favourite game studio at the moment is Rockstar mainly because of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2, two massive open world games that have amazing storylines and enough side content to keep you busy for hours after the main story is complete.
Future Ambitions: I am currently in a foundations year in university that will lead on to video games development next year. After I have graduated I am unsure whether I would want to get a job in a bigger games development company or whether I would like to try and start my own indie company and create games that I have designed myself.

Name: Dylan Hawthorne-Williams
Age: 19
First Experience With Computer Games: Kingdom Hearts
Favourite Game: Kingdom Hearts
Favourite Game Studio: Treyarch
Future Ambition: I look forward to getting through university, and getting out into the world. I want to go elsewhere and make games for a living, but a dream of mine is to own my own company and games of my own with a team I feel would be suitable for the task.

Name: Benjamin Halford
Age: 18
First experience with video games: The first memory I have of video gaming was the 1996 release of tomb raider on the PlayStation 1. After that console was stolen however, I switched to playing Halo: Combat Evolved on the original xbox
Favourite game: Dark Souls 1 or 3 (Just not 2), Or Ur-Quan Masters (1992) by Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III.
Favourite game studio: My favorite studio is either FromSoftware or 4A, FromSoftware made the DarkSouls franchise however never release good PC ports, 4A not only release good PC ports, but also port to linux (My OS of choice), however their recent dealings with EpicStore prohibiting them from releasing on Linux for a year, has made me like them a lot less.
Future Ambitions: While I see game development as a worthwhile hobbie, I am more interested in the technical aspects of computing. Such as Software and Web development. As such, I would likely focus on those areas. I do however have a Fondness for programming OpenGL and learning to program Vulkan & DirectX, so if I were to land a job in games development, I’d enjoy one that focuses on optimizing game engines.