Kathy Hurst is in the second year of BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development
“My interest in gaming started from when I got my first console the Sega Megadrive when I was 5 on which I played my first game, Sonic the Hedgehog. I grew up playing games all the time with my older brother on his consoles. It was him who got me into gaming and we still play games together now. As I got older I got more consoles and more games which further developed my interest and when I decided to pursue it as a career.
I love studying what I’ve always dreamt of doing. People do ask if I just play games for my degree which is true but there is more too it than that! There’s a lot of work behind the scenes and a lot of long hours, which come with the industry.
I’m one of the only girls on the course which I quite enjoy. It always sparks a conversation with people because it’s quite uncommon! The guys on the course are all really nice though and I don’t feel any different to them.
One of my favourite modules of the course so far has been Games Development Fundamentals. We were given the task to develop a game from scratch using ‘Gamer Maker’ which is one of the more basic game engines. Our groups developed a game called ‘Zombie Penguins’ which was a top down arcade style shooter, in the same kind of style as ‘Smash TV’ and ‘Dead Ops Arcade’. Group working is a really enjoyable part of the course – everyone has their opinions but we all worked together to create a really great game.
I’d love to work for Bungie who make Halo and Destiny – they are the kind of games I want to be involved in from a programming side in the future.”