Ralph Ferneyhough

Senior Lecturer

Ralph graduated from the University of Keele in 1992, and, following two years of postgraduate studies, embarked on a career in games development which has spanned 20 years. Most notably, he has worked to develop the critically acclaimed LEGO series of games, and joined the University of Chester in 2015 as the programme leader for the Games Development BSc course.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Keele.

Currently studying a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Overview

After graduating with his BSc (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Keele in 1992, Ralph followed that with two years of postgraduate studies in Computational Physics working with both University College London and the University of Keele.

In 1994, he started on a career in computer games development, working first with Sony on the then upcoming PlayStation, then Datel and Studio 33, before spending 14 years at Traveller’s Tales. It is here he was part of the original design team for LEGO Star Wars, the first game in what has gone on to be one of the most successful games franchises of all time.

During this 20 year games development career, he has seen credits on 32 published games (17 of them from the LEGO franchise) which have gone on to sell approximately 120 million copies between them. After being part of the team which has won four BAFTA awards, he was welcomed into the academy as a full member in 2012.

Joining the University of Chester in 2015, Ralph is now programme leader for the Games Development BSc course, and maintains an active connection to the industry, working with initiatives run by BAFTA / BAFTA Cymru and Games Wales, the latter of which he co-founded the North Wales branch of in 2013 to promote the games industry across the region.

Teaching

Ralph has presented on topics in the games industry, both to the press and to the public, throughout his career. Since 2013, having co-founded Games Wales North, he has been involved in industry events working with Glyndŵr and Bangor Universities, presenting to the students there.

He has also been invited to talk at BAFTA Cymru events, including at the Wales Games Development Show, and has started the InitGame(); series of events, designed to help students into the games industry.

At the University of Chester, Ralph teaches undergraduates in all aspects of games development, including games design, programming, asset creation and the integration of those skills through collaborative games creation and project work.

Research

Although interested all aspects of games development, Ralph particularly follows the recent developments within Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality gaming. He is also interested in the application of gaming within education, and studies of the business of developing games.

Published work

Ferneyhough R, Fincham D, Price GD, Gillan MJ. (1994). The Melting of MgO Studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulation. Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 2:1101-1110.

Psygnosis. (1997). Sentient [PlayStation and PC game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Studio 33. (1998). Newman/Haas Racing [PlayStation and PC game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Studio 33. (1999). Formula One 99 [PlayStation and PC game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Studio 33. (2000). Destruction Derby Raw [PlayStation game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Studio 33. (2000). Formula One 2000 [PlayStation game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Traveller’s Tales. (2001). Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex [PlayStation 2 and Xbox game]. Los Angeles, CA: Vivendi Universal Games.

Traveller’s Tales. (2002). Haven: Call of the King [PlayStation 2 game]. Chicago, IL: Midway Games.

Traveller’s Tales. (2003). Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo [PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube game]. Agoura Hills, CA: THQ.

Traveller’s Tales. (2005). LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game [PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube game]. UK: Eidos Interactive.

Traveller’s Tales. (2005). F1 Grand Prix [PSP game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Traveller’s Tales. (2005). WRC: FIA World Rally Championship [PSP game]. UK: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Traveller’s Tales. (2005). The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and PC game]. Glendale, CA: Buena Vista Games.

Traveller’s Tales Oxford. (2006). Super Monkey Ball Adventure [PlayStation 2, GameCube and PSP game]. Japan: Sega.

Traveller’s Tales. (2006). LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy [PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, PC and PSP game]. San Francisco, CA: LucasArts.

Traveller’s Tales. (2006). Bionicle Heroes [PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, GameCube and PC game]. UK: Eidos Interactive.

Traveller’s Tales. (2007). Transformers: The Game [PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC and PSP game]. Santa Monica, CA: Activision.

Traveller’s Tales. (2007). LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC game]. San Francisco, CA: LucasArts.

Traveller’s Tales. (2008). The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC game]. Glendale, CA: Disney Interactive Studios.

Traveller’s Tales. (2008). LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures [PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and PC game]. San Francisco, CA: LucasArts.

Traveller’s Tales. (2008). LEGO Batman: The Videogame [PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Traveller’s Tales. (2009). LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and PC game]. San Francisco, CA: LucasArts.

Traveller’s Tales. (2010). LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Traveller’s Tales. (2011). LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and PC game]. San Francisco, CA: LucasArts.

Traveller’s Tales. (2011). LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and PC game]. Glendale, CA: Disney Interactive Studios.

Traveller’s Tales. (2011). LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, PS Vita and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Traveller’s Tales. (2012). LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PS Vita and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Traveller’s Tales. (2012). LEGO The Lord of the Rings [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS Vita and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

TT Fusion. (2013). LEGO City Undercover [Wii U game]. Japan: Nintendo.

Traveller’s Tales. (2013). LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

TT Fusion / TT Games. (2014). The LEGO Movie Videogame [PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Traveller’s Tales. (2014). LEGO The Hobbit [PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita and PC game]. Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Traveller’s Tales. (2014). LEGO Fusion [Android and iOS game]. Denmark: LEGO.