I’ve always had a keen interest in the world of computing
and all of the aspects within it. This has lead me to apply for games design
and development course for this year. While I am mainly interested in the
development of videogames, I also have a variety of other interests such as the
programming aspect of development and 3d modeling/animation. What I want to
gain from my chosen university course is a deeper understanding in these
fields, and hopefully the ability to move on to the gaming industry as either
an independent developer or a member of a larger company. This has lead me to
study computing throughout my life.

This study has given me a good understanding in a wide
variety of IT subjects, such as image manipulation, animation, programming, and
simple game development and design.  I
have used a suite of programs such as Photoshop for image manipulation and the
creation of concept art, and game maker to give me the basics of design and basic
programming development.  Outside of my
education however I have been developing my knowledge in both programming
languages and game development concepts, such as player engagement and the idea
of ludonarrative dissonance. I would like to use knowledge that I have gained
in this way to make games that allow the player to experience emotions through
gameplay, engaging them in the worlds that I would like to create.  This personal study in combination with my
academic learning has given me a good understanding of both game development
and design, while also giving me the foundation on which I can realize these
concepts and show what I have to bring to the industry.

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I have been developing skills that would be useful in the
games design and development world through my education and my work alike.
Where I am currently employed I am learning a variety of skills that could be
applied to the environment of my chosen courses. These include the ability to
communicate effectively in a team, as I work in a restaurant bar and need to
communicate with managers and bar staff to get the job done as best as I can. I
have also developed good people skills as I have to interact with customers on
a daily basis in my work, which has allowed me to be able to communicate with
people I have no experience talking to beforehand. The most important skill I
believe that I have developed is individual consistency. My job there entails
serving and making drinks for many customers on many tables, which requires a
good degree of memorization and precision to ensure that all of the drinks are
of a good quality. I have developed this skill to the point where I can do a
job consistently and can handle multiple tasks quite easily at once. Outside of
work, in my school life, I have also developed people and team skills, as I
often had to work in or lead a group of people to complete objectives such as
creating a concept for a site in a team. I believe however that I am a much
better worker individually than in a team, as I am able to complete work quickly
at an above average level, as seen in my essay writing during college.

My personal hobbies also relate to the courses which I want
to apply for, as I am an avid gamer, and I don’t just play videogames; I am
involved and post regularly in forums for game development and discussion of
released games. I have good knowledge in design techniques and like to debate
people in whether or not certain games or game concepts are completing intended
goals. I have also discussed with people unethical practices in the industry
and whether or not micro transactions are gambling in the eyes of a consumer. I
am also an avid book reader and occasionally write short stories. This may be
useful as I am well versed in English and can articulate Ideas I have well both
while speaking and in a written format.

More than anything I would like to be able to create
something new in the industry, and allow people to experience something that’s
never been done before.