Knowing she couldn’t embark on a career she wouldn’t love and unsure how to make a living from her talent as an artist, it took game designer Alex a while to work out what to do. Though she’d always loved games, at school they seemed to be for boys, not girls. It was three years after finishing school that she discovered the vast range of disciplines involved in making a game and could see a place for herself in the industry. Studying Computer Arts at Abertay University she learnt how to create realistic game environments and saw the possibilities to create diverse experiences in gaming, a subject she feels passionately about. Before she even graduated, Alex landed a role at The Chinese Room as an environment artist on BAFTA-winning game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
For Alex, her passions outside of work are fuel to take back to her art; playing in a roller derby league is a chance to be surrounded by women in an alternative, empowering environment. As a gay woman working in an impactful role, Alex wants to show other people who may feel marginalised that there is room for them in games. “Stress suppresses creativity” she says, “so give yourself time to find what you enjoy.”