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TU prepares students for gaming careers

Senior Will Smith remembers learning the basic graphics and functions of gaming while playing old video games such as Flight Simulator 4 and Metroid as a child. Game development was always on his radar as a possible career option, but in recent years it’s become front and center of his life.

Will Smith“I was always playing games and looking for ways to make games better,” he said. “I enjoy the creative process combined with problem solving.”

After graduating from a Denver-area high school, Smith enrolled in TU’s reputable computer science program to earn a degree that would prepare him for the gaming world. Over the past four years, he’s completed courses in game programming, engine design and computer graphics. In his final semester, he’s diving deeper into gaming art and content creation with courses involving the Adobe Creative Suite software.

Smith expects to graduate in May 2016 and launch his gaming career in high-end PC games or AAA titles. Once he’s established himself within the field, he hopes to shift to more independent, smaller games. California, Europe — there are no limitations to his job search, but Smith said staying local is appealing.

“I see a lot of potential in Tulsa,” he said. “The cost of living is low, and there’s a lot of great talent from TU working here in the city. The video game industry is definitely on the up, and there’s a lot of money to be made.”

Smith’s interests lie in programming games, but he’s considering the other areas of gaming careers. After a lifetime of practice, he’s ready to make his own mark on the simulation and gaming world.

“It has a reputation for a lot of overtime and long hours, but I’m ready to begin my career and give 100 percent,” he said.