Train2Game student Paul Cullum from Merthyr Tydfil – AKA Superfurry on the Train2Game forum – is on the Train2Game Game Developer course. In an interview with Train2Game Radio, he tells us why he chose to study with Train2Game, how he fits it around his life as a musician and what he hopes to achieve in the games industry.
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OK Paul, what first got you into video games?
Probably my father. I’ve been playing computer games since about 5 on the Spectrum, that’s where I started. Manic Miner, that was the game that got me into it.
What made you decide you wanted to forge a career in the games industry?
Well I’ve always been into games as I said and I used to programme on the Spectrum and on the Amiga. I’ve had pretty much every console that’s come out.
So what got you into programming?
I just had the brain for it I suppose. I used to love programming little things on the Spectrum, little games from magazines, putting in thousands of code and then…it didn’t work! And then finding the problem. But I’ve never really programmed any games because I didn’t know how to really.
And is this why you decided to join the Train2Game Game Developer course?
It is, yeah.
What does your partner think about being on a Train2Game course?
She’s OK with it, she thinks it’s good. I mean she’s seen some of the programmes I’ve written. Her sister works for Nintendo advertising the games, the new Zelda game I think she was advertising that.
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you do?
I’m a musician, I play in pubs and bars, and I’ve played in Europe: Denmark, Sweden, places like that.
How do you find fitting the Train2Game course around the rest of your life then?
I’ve been ill for the last couple of months, in hospital, so I haven’t had much of a chance to get into it lately.
What’s been your favourite part of the Train2Game course so far?
I’ve not been able to get stuck into it that much, but just making little games from the first book, just making the little platform games, which I enjoyed doing because I love platform games. That’s my favourite part so far. And I’ve got a bit of knowledge of C++ and other languages already so I’m sure I’ll get to a point where it’ll fry my brain, but it’s going alright so far.
And what do you want to achieve with Train2Game this year?
I want to put together a portfolio, learn more C++, incorporate that with other languages and learn databases and things like that and how to put them in games. Just to get a head start to get me into the industry.
How useful have you found the Train2Game forum so far?
I’ve met a couple of people actually. I met up with a few people in Cardiff a few months ago, and they want to work on a game with me when we’ve got further into the course.
How do you see yourself entering the games industry, would you like to get a role at an established developer, or do you want to form your own studio with other Train2Game students?
An indie done would be perfect because I’ve got some ideas once I get my head round stuff, and the two lads I met, they’ve got some good ideas for games so hopefully we’ll get to a point where we can develop it more. It’s just ideas at the moment.
Can you see your music career and games career joining together at all?
Possibly, yeah. I use a lot of software to record stuff at home so it’s pretty easy to knock up a little background music for a game.
What would your ideal job in the industry be?
Just being a part of a team really, learning new things and getting better.
Thanks for your time Paul.
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