“Hey Allison:, Just going through the resumes for the summer internship. Could you tell me your top five favourite video games and what game(s) are you currently playing? Thanks”
When I first read this email, I couldn’t believe it. A company was actually asking me what video games I play? Excited, I ended up responding as fast as I could with very good results that led me being accepted as an intern.
Currently, my role as an intern is to test play their new video game, MEG 9, which will be released next March. In the mornings, another SHAD and I play-through the map, record any bugs or glitches we find, and report them later in the afternoon. When we aren’t testing, we’re designing new scenarios using a game engine called Unreal Engine 4.
I’ve had no idea how to even use Unreal Engine, so I began to tinker around the program: fooling around with camera angles, experimenting with different sculpting tools, and finally creating something that somewhat resembles a mountain. For the first week, I’ve been sticking primarily with landscape design, but now I’m trying to learn how to make blueprints for interactive objects; for instance, I’ve created workable elevator lifts and doors. It amazes me how much goes into making such simple objects we don’t really think about in games.
So far, it’s been a wonderful learning experience for me and I can’t wait what other opportunities await!