Conservative plans could lead to more gaming degrees30 October 2009 17:37:31
Degrees in video gaming could become bigger in the future.
That is according to Jody O'Brien, recruitment and marketing manager for the School of Computing, Information and Media and the University of Bradford.
Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo in Leeds, Ms O'Brien said: "Some of our students recently have gone on to work for the likes of Team17 and Rockstar – some really big companies, going on to credible jobs after that.
"What I'm hearing from the industry is all about programming being the most required, as opposed to the design side."
She added that recent comments by shadow culture minister Ed Vaizey regarding government assistance to the gaming industry would help "increase undergraduate applications" to gaming courses.
Rockstar has produced some of the best-known games in the world, including the famous Grand Theft Auto series.
It recently released additional games to the catalogue, including Episodes from Liberty City and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Wolverine director praises Blu-ray DVDs30 October 2009 17:37:18
Blu-ray DVDs are being backed by a Hollywood director.
According to ITN News, Wolverine director Gavin Hood has claimed the technology helps the quality of films be conveyed well.
He told the news provider: "You spend a huge amount of time when making a film, trying to make it as good as you can.
"In the old days, when you watched it at home, the quality was nowhere near when it was in the cinema. So I think with Blu-ray we're getting very close to the cinema experience at home."
As well as new films coming on the market being released as a Blu-ray DVD, some old movies are also being remastered.
Among those with plans to see a Blu-ray release are Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet.
According to ITN, European Blu-ray disc sales have tripled in the last year, with 150 players and 1,500 titles available.
TIGA urges government to listen to gaming industry30 October 2009 17:36:52
Government and policy makers may be missing the threat facing the UK gaming sector.
That is the opinion of Richard Wilson, chief executive of games industry representatives TIGA.
Mr Wilson aired his views after Liberal Democrat culture, media and sport secretary Don Foster claimed that the government does not measure the effect of the recession on the UK games industry.
"Data on traditional manufacturing businesses is abundant, data for traditional financial services is substantial, but data for knowledge based industries like the video games sector is sparse," he said.
Research by TIGA has found that the number of companies involved in the UK gaming sector fell by 15 per cent between July 2008 and July 2009.
The group also found that jobs in the sector have fallen by four per cent.
Mr Wilson added: "It is because TIGA has undertaken quality research with professional organisations such as Games Investor Consultancy that we are able to record the impact of the recession on the UK games industry."