TGS Scholarship Experience Report 09: Alicia Stott (NewYork University)

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to be a recipient of one of the IGDA Japan scholarships to go to Tokyo Game Show this year.  As a graduate student seeking to become a localization producer, it was important that I take in and learn more about the Japanese game industry directly. While the language barrier was higher than I had expected, another important takeaway of this experience, I still feel like I learned a great deal and that this was a worthwhile trip.

While the overall show was underwhelming compared to what I had been told to expect from peers, Tokyo Game Show was inspiring to me as a student in two specific ways. One of the most impactful parts of the show was definitely the Sense of Wonder Night program. Seeing what indie developers all over the world are creating and designing was inspiring for my own work. It gave me a good sense of what was currently possible in the world of game development and how I could possibly push the envelope as a designer myself. The party that followed was also helpful as I could speak with these incredible developers and learn more about their design habits and experiences.

On the other side of the trip were the tours of the Japanese developersoffices. Here I was able to learn more seriously what I need to focus on in my education to become a localizer and what to expect from that kind of career. I was happy to find that what I learned about this career only made me want to pursue it even more. While I need to focus most on my Japanese language skill, this is something that excites me and I dont find discouraging.

All an all, Im very glad and grateful that I was able to take this trip. I learned more than I could have hoped for. I will definitely be passing on word of this opportunity to my fellow students for next year. Thank you again.