I'm an Unreal Technology Consultant currently located in Newcastle, UK. I studied Computer Games Programming at the University of Derby and Computer Games Development at the University of Central Lancashire. I have an avid interest in game design from a technical perspective and visual effects. In my spare time I enjoy my local live music scene, and a good pint of ale (or six). I currently work for Pitbull on Epic Games' projects, recently worked at Lionhead Studios, shipping Fable: The Journey and co-authored the third volume of the UE3 Mastering Unreal Technologies books.
If you want to mod Unreal but have little expertise, then you may find yourself working alone for a very long time before having a valid skill. Have basic programming skills? Shee Labs might have something for you...
Posted by ambershee on Feb 7th, 2008
Shee Labs Game Development is always cooking a nefarious scheme or two. In fact, at present our talented team is working behind the scenes on an exciting new total conversion project for Unreal Tournament 3. We're sure you'd love to help out, but then you haven't got the skills, right?
This is where our new 'Mutator Week' and Framework schemes come in.
Besides working on a very impressive, complex project, Shee Labs are knocking up a few other toys - in fact we're specifically working on a few frameworks that we intend to open source and distribute to other mod developers. We hope that by sharing technology, everybody can benefit from learnt skills instead of a special few.
However, if you have a little bit of programming behind you, then after reading up on a few Unreal tutorials, you may find you have nowhere else to turn but yourself to assist your learning.
This is what Mutator Weeks are for - members of the Shee Labs development team will regularily participate in a small in-house competition aimed at helping rookie developers and experienced developers do something a bit different. By recieving a bi-weekly theme, programmers are challenged to be creative and produce a short snippet of code, and then compare it with everyone elses. Get really stuck with something that should be so simple? Well that's not a problem - there are other minds ready and willing to tap directly into.
So, if you've got a bit of programming in you, and you've read through some tutorials, why not get in touch, send us a message and we'll see if you fit in.
'Till next time
(Official Shee Labs Mad Mod Boffin)