Fayzal Badat trying out the new Wii U console, which is not due on sale until Christmas, while visiting the global industry exhibition E3 in Los Angeles.Students previewed the next generation of computer games and consoles months ahead of release at the gaming industry’s leading international event.The HND in Computing and Games Development group visited the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)

Fayzal_Badat_IMG_8380Fayzal Badat trying out the new Wii U console, which is not due on sale until Christmas, while visiting the global industry exhibition E3 in Los Angeles.Students previewed the next generation of computer games and consoles months ahead of release at the gaming industry’s leading international event.

The HND in Computing and Games Development group visited the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) exhibition in Los Angeles where they had a taste of games including Gears of War 4, Halo 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops 2, which are still under development. They also tried out the Nintendo Wii U which is not due out until Christmas.

The exhibition, which is only open to industry-level delegates such as games developers, distributors and suppliers, is where all the latest technologies from the industry are unveiled. The games industry is estimated to be worth £74bn internationally and is bigger than the movie sector.

As well as the students trying out the games and benefiting from networking and educational opportunities, they also made videos featuring some of the industry’s best known gamers which have attracted thousands of views.

A film by Vishal Sharma featuring the hi-profile professional gamers Swifty and Athene has attracted more than 12,000 views already. Swifty’s popularity is reflected in the number of hits his gameplay and commentary videos get – his video for the game Mists of Pandaria Shamans has attracted 250,000 views from gamers wanting to pick up tips.

Uxbridge College gaming lecturer Zulf Choudhry, who set up the trip, said: “It was the ultimate opportunity for our students to network in the games industry because E3 is its biggest international event –it is only open to professionals and students working at industry level, and attracted around 45,000 delegates.

“One student was invited to apply for a job by one of the exhibitors but unfortunately had to turn down the offer because he wants to finish his course first.

“By talking to delegates about what they were doing on their HND at Uxbridge College, our HND students got confirmation they are learning the skills the industry wants, for instance they are using the top-level games development tool CryENGINE.

“They have come back with some fantastic links to industry professionals, are really motivated and several of them are now talking about moving to LA once they qualify.

”The students also got a chance to try out games peripherals such as guns and seats, and visited the show’s gaming museum. This collection of technologies dating back to the 1980s included classics such as the arcade video game space invaders and Atari creations.

They also visited Universal Studios to look at special effects which have a lot of technological crossover with gaming development.

For more videos from Uxbridge College students search uxbridgegamesdev on YouTube.

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