Neil Finlay
Programmer of various bits and bobs
About Me

Stuff I've Done

Some interesting things I've been a part of. (And some less interesting ones too)

Grand Theft Auto 5

Rockstar North


Midland Valley

About Me

And how I got where I am.

  • 1998 - 2004

    School and Pre-University

    I graduated from Carluke High School in 1998 with 4 SQA Highers for Maths, Physics, Music and Computing, and one SQA Advanced Higher, also in Computing.

    I left school with a desire to work and earn money, and had a job as a call centre agent and later as a chef, before returning to my calling as a programmer.

  • September 2010 - May 2013


    University of the West of Scotland

    I gained direct entry to 2nd year of a 4 year course in Computer Games Technology, a skillset and BCS accredited programming course specialising in games.

    I won an award for academic excellence in that year, and I graduated in April/May of 2013 with honours (BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology).

  • February 2012 - March 2012


    During my time at university, I applied to work for SCET on a short term contract to develop a prototype application for viewing 3D models of human bone breaks and fractures, for use in medical training.

    The application was implemented in Objective-C and C++, and used OpenGLES 2.0 with GLSL for the bespoke graphics engine.

  • June 2013 - October 2013

    Graduate Software Engineer

    Midland Valley

    Towards the end of my last year of university I applied to many (many) agencies and game developers to try to find work, and it was very disheartening to find that more than a few of the companies I applied to completely ignored me. I managed to find Midland Valley through my own means and at the interview used my honours project as the subject of a small presentation. Which resulted in my employment.

    The job was very graphics oriented and involved fixing bugs and implementing new features in C++, utilising both Qt and OpenGL.

  • November 2013 - Now

    Junior Tools Programmer

    Rockstar North

    I joined Rockstar North in November of 2013. I left Midland Valley with a small degree of regret, as they had taken a chance on me that had planned to repay them for. However my heart wanted to work in the games industry, and I just couldn't pass up the chance to work with one of the most well known and most successful games companies in the world.

    The job requires strong C++ and C# and scripting skills which I continue to develop and improve to this day.

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