A mixed group of year 13 and year 12 I.T. students at The Leigh UTC recently presented their game design ideas to industry experts.

Stephen Hood, Creative Director/Executive Producer and Jason Darby, Lead Technical Designer of Dovetail Games ( visited the academy to critique ideas which were for a varied range of games types. Five students gave individual presentations to their guests as well as their peers. In assessing students work, Stephen commented “Games are about giving people choice”. Post event, he further commented “We all remember starting out and are therefore only too happy to try and impart some useful knowledge.”

Students commented:

“The presentation was useful as it helped me to gain an insight to what presenting is like in the real world. It was also enjoyable as the Dovetail guys were friendly and gave a lot of useful tips for the further development of our ideas”  – Alex

“After presenting my game I came away with a lot of constructive feedback and positivity. Originally I went up, nervous and very scared but at the end I came away with a bit more confidence in myself and my abilities. It was a great opportunity to be able to present as it will prepare me for what future presentations will be like and what to expect. Not just that, but game design is where I would like a career in and the feedback I received has proven and will be great for me to reflect on and to adapt myself to.”  – Gus

“It was a great opportunity to improve my presentation skills in a realistic situation. It was inspiring to receive feedback from real employees within the industry”  – James

I found the presentation of my work to Dovetail Games extremely helpful as they gave me great feedback on my game design and also on my presentation skills. All the feedback they gave me was good for further development of my game and my coursework. Both people gave individual feedback which provided me with two new opinions of what I can do to improve my work and what was good about it already. Thank you. “ – George

Paul Blake, Teacher of I.T. at The Leigh UTC commented:

“Having industry professionals give developmental feedback to our students is priceless. It gives a real context to the learning they do and gives them the opportunity to learn the tips and tricks of the trade. Simply being able to talk-the-technical-talk and present at the level of an employee gives real meaning to everything they learn. The excitement that events like this generate is vital for getting the most out of a vocational subject. Thank you, DOVETAIL GAMES ! “