PSHE KS2 / KS3: A career as a games artist

Ronnie Ochero turned his childhood obsession of playing video games into a career, by making them.

For Ronnie, it was a natural process to go from playing games to inventing them.

Today he has the satisfaction of seeing his own creations featured in real games.

We follow Ronnie as he seeks inspiration by taking photos of the things around him and watch as he plays with images on the computer, merging live action with animation.

He discusses his laid-back attitude to an unexpected and successful career.

Teacher Notes

The children could discuss what Ronnie means when he says it is easy to be the person who plays games, not designs them.

This could be an opportunity to challenge stereotypes - Ronnie talks about computer games designers being 'geeky white nerds'.

An activity could be for the children to discuss what aspects of Ronnie's personality really suit his chosen profession (his laid-back nature suits the need to be patient and get 'every pixel perfect').

From this, they can then look at other professions and decide what would be the best personality traits.

This is a story about not giving up a dream when faced with obstacles.

Ronnie says "you get there if you keep putting the work in".

The pupils could write a list of things you could do to build up a skillset that could be useful to get into this industry and industries they are interested in working in.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Modern Studies and Art and Design at KS2 and KS3 in England and Wales, and 2nd level in Scotland.