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Videogames violence

I’ve seen in the news this week that Scottish MP Joe Fitzpatrick has been defending Dundee’s videogames industry after the Scottish Parliament was urged to recognise the fact violent games are easily obtainable for children.

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Fri 29 Jan 2010: 10:33am

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Escape this Spring

For those of you considering working in this thriving, dynamic industry, we’re offering a taster into the world of computer graphics with a range of three-day short courses. They’re a great opportunity to get a better understanding of the career opportunities out there while gaining valuable insight into the industry.

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Thu 21 Jan 2010: 12:06pm

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Game Course - images

Here's a selection of what our game course students have created. As I mentioned before, I'm really proud of what the guys have come up with, and I would love to show you every single students work, were it not for amount of space it would take up on the blog. So here, as a compromise, is a selection:

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Thu 21 Jan 2010: 11:05am

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Turtle now supports Autodesk Maya 2010!

The new Turtle™ 5.1 version for Autodesk Maya 2010 has been released!  Illuminate labs have made improvements to their rendering and baking plug-in for Autodesk Maya, to make it better for lighting and content creation in next-gen game development.

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Tue 19 Jan 2010: 9:00pm

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Good times for Games

I have just finished teaching our most intense 12-week games course yet and will soon post some examples of the work done by the students during the course.  I am really proud of the work they created.

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Fri 15 Jan 2010: 12:01pm

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Videogames more popular than films?

As I’m sure some of you would have seen, last week figures were released showing that revenues from UK videogames hit £1.73 billion last year – a whopping 44% higher than what was generated from UK films during the same time. If you consider some of the huge cinema releases we saw last year, it’s no mean feat that it was only UK television that made more money than the video games industry. Impressive stuff, but is it really a surprise? I’ve said before that playing videogames is becoming a family past time – games consoles are now found in the family living room rather than banished to a “geeky” teenager’s bedroom. Gaming has a far reaching appeal, and I doubt that the growth of the gaming industry will cease any time soon. Interest in our games course, particularly since Sony veteran Simon Fenton came on board, has continued to grow. It’s great to see this exciting industry gaining rightful recognition – not just in terms of increased sales, but in the demand for creative talent which boosts the development of video gaming in the UK. Would you rather spend two hours playing Modern Warfare 2 or watching Blackhawk Down?

1 Comments Lee Danskin

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Wed 13 Jan 2010: 12:36pm

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Escapee wins BAFTA for Flock! game

Our very own Escapee, Chris Bradwell, has won a BAFTA for his fantastic work on the game Flock! just five years after graduating.

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Wed 16 Dec 2009: 6:10pm

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Good times for anyone training to be a games artist

Very recently there has been a release of two games engines that you can use at home.

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Thu 12 Nov 2009: 8:29am

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The coolest video games of all time

Don’t know if any of you read the Guardian Games blog this morning, but there was an entertaining post about the coolest video games of all time.

1 Comments Lee Danskin

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Mon 12 Oct 2009: 10:21am

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Give us a break

I’ve been reading a lot about tax breaks in the past couple of months. First there was the anticipation and ultimate disappointment of Digital Britain, when we hoped that the games industry might get the tax breaks it needed. A missed opportunity, many said.

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Fri 11 Sep 2009: 1:16pm

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The reality of being a Games Artist

I have just finished teaching the summer games course, an intense 3 days that serves as an introduction to games art production and the many tools that games artists use.

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Mon 24 Aug 2009: 9:05am

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SIGGRAPH 2009 Round up

The games industry hogged the spotlight at this year’s SIGGRAPH. For the first time ever, two social games ran throughout the conference and SIGGRAPH’s annual CG showcase was spiced up with live games art and animation demos.

0 Comments Lee Danskin

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Tue 18 Aug 2009: 8:30am

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The Artistic Hair Shirt

The artistic Hair shirt

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Tue 11 Aug 2009: 10:33am

Games Magazine talks training with Escape Studios

When Edge magazine came along to talk to founder of Escape Studios, Dominic Davenport, Recruitment Director Paul Wilkes and Games tutor Simon Fenton, what one thing did they all agree on? That, becoming a games artist has never been trickier without the right training. You can read the full article in the June issue of Edge magazine...

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Fri 19 Jun 2009: 9:24am

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Fenton's essential GC and Games websites

I have just started teaching the new Escape Studios' Games Course and thought I would share some book links and internet links that I give to my students at the start of the course. Here we go then...

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Tue 12 May 2009: 11:48am

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