Looking around my YouTube subscriptions during my mid-morning coffee break, came across a wicked interview done by web friend and fellow geek Aaron Philpott, interviewing Mike Bithell, a UK indie game producer of “Thomas Was Alone” fame. The conversation is about getting into the Gaming Industry and the work he’s doing with BAFTA and their Young Games Designers scheme. There is also some discussion about the current situation in UK ITC / Computing education in schools, and their concerns about the possible lack of young people getting in to game design / coding.
Thomas Was Alone is an indie puzzle platformer video game created by Mike Bithell, originally released as a Flash-based browser game in October 2010. The game was expanded and released to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X systems in July 2012. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions with new content were released in April 2013, while a Linux version was released as part of the game’s inclusion in a Humble Bundle in May 2013. The game was released for iPad devices in May 2014, and for other iOS devices and Android devices in July 2014.
Find out more about BAFTA Young Games Designers here: http://ygd.bafta.org/