Today we had a talk with Andrew Deegan. Andrew Deegan is an irish man currently working in ireland who currently is the Game Designer at Sugra Games. Here is what the site depicts him has
‘As a producer, game designer and CEO, Andrew is the driving force behind the company. He writes game design docs, maintains the project tasks and takes care of business affairs like some kind of multitasking ninja.’
The company is best known for its game ‘Toy Rescue Story’.
Below is the information i learned from the talk with him…
Andrew started at the lego company as an intern and invented toys, however he didn’t like the danish culture so he quit and went back home to Ireland.
At his time there and when he left he was working on a toy/action figure that moved on screen/computer as you moved the physical doll around. He had no idea how to do it in the beginning and thus learned a lot of programming in the process of this invention.
This was successful in the respect that he was took seriously in the gaming industry, he was funded my Hasbro and Disney were interested. However, it was unsuccessful in that it was just too expensive to make and no one was committed to investing in it, thus the game/toy failed.
From this he quickly got a job though, he was put on as he described ‘ a pretty horrible’ game called ‘Playboy Party’ which is exactly what you think it is. It was a game for facebook.
He then went on from that to create something called ‘Suburbia’ which was ‘Desperate Housewives’ meets ‘Sims’. This did very well on facebook.
He then eventually got to do the very successful ‘Toy Rescue Story’. and is currently working on a game called Dangermine which actually looks a lot of fun.
His advice on the industry was if we want to work in games we will more than likely need to move country. The majority of companies are fluent in english , even in places like Germany.
Most of the facebook games were made using Flash, his newest company works with Unity. They were given £150,000 for one games with a group of 5 people working. The group consists of
- a junior animator
- senior animator
- game designer
He discussed the game industry withen Ireland and told us there are 90+ companies wich are mostly all startups. At the moment 80% is still working in 2d and the only 20% in 3d but that is quickly changing.
He said although we are being taught as generalists we should considering specialist subjects as places will want someone who is really good at one thing and not only average in many. In order to do this you need to understand the whole pipeline of the industry.
He told us that when in interview to make sure we show our passion, have a great portfolio and great technical skills.