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Search for a Star finalists highlight key UK universities

150 entrants whittled down to five students

The finalists for this year's Search for a Star competition have been announced and are due to be judged this Friday, June 22.

The annual competition, organised by Aardvark Swift, highlights the UK's brightest programming talent and gives them the platform to advance their careers in the video game business.

This year's final five are Daniel Collinson from the University of Central Lancashire, Ashley Gwinnell from Bournemouth University, Pantelis Lekakis from the University of East Anglia, Glen Pepper of the University of Essex and Craig Hamilton of the University of West Scotland.

For those students not in their final year of their degree, the Rising Star award will go to one of the two entrants who stood out among the entrants, with the award this year going to either Alex Furnell of De Montfort University or Adam Yaxley studying at the University of Warwick.

The finalists are due to be judged by Lizi Attwood, senior programmer at Relentless, technical director of Headstrong Games Greg Booker and Bryan Reynolds, HR manager for Rockstar Leeds, with the winner announced early next week.

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Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer 4 years ago
There is a piece of wisdom from the IChing which goes like this:

The inferior prince is not to be sent to the colonies.

What it means is this: there is a temptation to send unqualified people to the fringes, to the new territories. However, that temptation should be ignored. You actually need to send your best and brightest to the new territories.

If games are a new territory, you don't send students to go pioneer it. You send veteran people, people with talent. Those are your stars.

If you send students, you're basically saying you don't believe it's that important, and pretty much anybody with the minimum amount of training can do it.

If you were building actual buildings, you wouldn't be sending students now would you. So why would you do that with games?

Sorry... You have to pay your dues.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tim Carter on 21st June 2012 5:26pm

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