Jamie MacDonald speaks out against games degrees once more

Jamie MacDonald speaks out against games degrees once more
Michael French

By Michael French

August 26th 2008 at 10:22AM

"I canâ??t remember the last time I employed someone from them," says Sony exec

The Games Up lobbying group continues to put pressure on games degrees, this time telling the mainstream press that they 'lack vital computing, maths or art and animation skills'.

In a new report in the Daily Mail, SCE Worldwide Studios VP Jamie MacDonald: "I can’t remember the last time I employed someone from them."

MacDonald had previously spoken out against degree courses in June, when he called for the government to found centres of excellence for key skills.

The message from pressure group Games Up, co-founded by studios including Sony, remains much the same two months later - although the number of games degrees has doubled in recent years to over 80, just four of them have been given Skillset accreditation, the group says.

The new report also quotes Frontier's David Braben as saying he was "shocked and surprised" at 'how little some graduates knew'.