My name is John Dunlop and I am a lifelong gamer geek who has decided to turn my obsession into a career in the games industry.

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I literally cannot remember a time in my life where games haven’t been a part of it – from playing Manic Miner with my Dad on our ZX Spectrum, through to the wonders of owning my first console (the humble NES), 90′s PC gaming and the rise to power of modern gaming as we know it. I’ve been there every step of the way and will continue to do so as I go old, grey and (even more than I already am) bald.

I grew up in a small seaside town in North Devon called Ilfracombe, where I worked in electronics before deciding the quiet life wasn’t for me and that I didn’t want to work in a job that I would end up hating in 20 years time! So I made the move to London to study a BSc in Computer Games Development at University of Westminster. During my studies I worked on many individual and collaborative projects, some of which can be seen on this website. I also took part in a couple of games competitions, made loads of friends in and outside the industry, and learnt much about how the industry works and how studios operate. I also got my first games job with Headstrong Games during both of my summer breaks working as a QA tester.

I left university with a first, but the learning doesn’t stop there! I’m constantly trying to push my knowledge of modern games development by creating my own games or studying something that will help me drive my career forward. Besides, creating games is brilliant fun! I’m currently in the process of teaching myself how to use Unity and playing around with UDK and trying to further my base knowledge of the engine.

After leaving university I joined an educational startup, ‘If You Can’, founded by industry veteran Trip Hawkins. It was here where I honed my skills in QA, as well as learning more about development in Unity 3D as I regularly helped out within the design team by helping scripting the game flow on the live iOS game.

I continue to live in London and love city life and all the opportunities it brings. I am currently seeking a position here working in QA or as a junior designer. Take a look around the site, check out my articles and portfolio and download my CV if that’s your bag. You never know, you might like it. Feel free to get in touch!