Boring Classes Hurting Video Game Industry, Official Says

February 8, 2010

UK (ChattahBox) – A top figure in the video game industry has accused university courses in computer science for the drop in talent within the industry.

Game developer David Braben said in the recent Westminster eForum in London that the double problem of dull classes and dumbed down coursework has hit the industry hard.

“The number of people studying computer science in the UK has fallen dramatically. That has had a huge effect on universities, which have tried to dumb-down courses to attract more people,” he said.

“We’ve got a problem finding people who are skilled and motivated.”

He is not the only person who has made these accusations.

Several people within the video game design world have called universities out on their habit of cutting the requirements needed in order to bring in more students, while the industry ends up with unqualified applicants.

“We have to invest more in higher education, and incentivise people to study mathematics and computer science,” Tiga chief executive Dr Richard Wilson said.

“It’s time to stop simply revving the car. We’ve got to put it in gear and take action. We need to rebalance the economy. Creative industries need the chance to flourish and grow. A tax break could create an extra 3,500 jobs, and generate an additional £400 million for the Treasury over five years.”



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