Although he was working full-time for Ubisoft
Reflections in Newcastle, Ben Sharples was keen to develop a wider
understanding of the video games industry. "My CV was missing an undergraduate
degree, and I felt that getting one would make me more employable in the long
run and help me to perform better in the short term," he explains.
of video games
Ben's requirements when it came to study
were quite specific, however. "I didn't want to study general media theory or
computing science," he says. "I wanted a course that really focused on the
production of videogames, so LSBU's BA (Hons) Game Cultures really appealed to
Unusually for a video games degree, our
course allows you to concentrate entirely on video games production – for three
years, our students live and breathe video games, something that clearly
appealed to Ben.
"I was also really keen to study in London
as well," says Ben. "So the location was absolutely ideal too – right in the
middle, with lots happening on and off campus."
The facilities at LSBU were just
fantastic as well. The games studio and the library were particularly
invaluable tools for me, but it was the way that LSBU taught me HOW to work
that has really helped me in my career since.
During his summer breaks, Ben returned to
Ubisoft Reflections to supplement his income and gain extra experience, and
found the practical nature of his studies to be extremely useful – factors that
have continued to help him now in full-time employment after graduating.
now work as a Designer for Foundry 42 in Wilmslow, part of Cloud Imperium
Games," says Ben. "I aim to succeed there and progress my career as a Games
Designer, as well as creating and publishing games in my own time. I'd like to
expand my area of expertise into film, television and music as well, and think
that LSBU taught me a method of working that still serves me well today."