Why games?

The question that I sometimes find hard to answer is what makes creating a game so much fun that I want to spend the rest of my life in the industry? So many people burn-out after a couple of games. I often think what if this happens to me.

So I would like to hear from you, why are you so interested in the gaming industry? How long will you keep on making games?

Another entertainment industry that I’m really interested in is movies. Making a film compared to a game is so much easier and quicker.

Today I went in for a casting call (extras) for the upcoming Transformers movie. I must say that it was a pretty good experience. Waiting in line for 2 hours to fill out a piece of paper and have my picture taken. If I do get the “part” of being one of the many high school students maybe I’ll finally be able to draw the line.

Of course the good thing is that maybe there is no need for me to draw a line at all. If I can embrace both film and games I think I’ll be happy with my job.

Variety Is Good

As the saying goes, never put all of your eggs in one basket. When I began developing my first game I thought that in a couple of years the game would be completed. As development went on I realized that the game would take many years to create at the rate that we were making it. I then joined a fan-game The 7th Guest III. Later I saw a post on a forum asking for help on a space-fight game and I decided to join that project. 

I had fun working on all of these projects and no I didn’t feel overwhelmed with all of the tasks at hand. The thing is that my original project collapsed because it was too large for an indie-team to create. Also I left the 7th Guest because I disliked the way that the head of the project was leading the team. 

The amazing thing is that it’s the last project that I joined that is actually working and seems like it will be completed. If I had not joined this project I wouldn’t be hear today. I would have thrown years of my life at projects that failed. The likelihood is that if you have multiple projects at least one of them should succeed. Time will tell if The Divine does. It would be great if I could tell though…

User Feedback

Always listen to your users! They are the ones who will support your company from birth till death. Without them your company is worthless. Make sure that you support your community and thank them for their comments.

 Already the users who have commented on my posts have ensured me that this blog is worthwhile. I thank you all for the support!

Sure some feedback can basically be seen as spam but it’s likely that the majority will be very useful in tailoring your game to their liking. After all it makes better business sense to appease the masses rather than yourself.

Producers DON’T have to Play Games

Yes it’s true, the role of a Producer is really to make sure the production of the game is on track while assisting in Quality Assurance. Bottom line is that having a Producer who is not a hardcore gamer, improves upon the chance that the game will be playable by casual gamers. If the casual Producer does his/her job the game should be much easier to play and accessible to all then if a hardcore Producer oversaw the project. This inreturn means the game can reach more market share AKA more money.

Progammers OWN the Gaming Industry

Obviously without programmers there would be no games. No one would be able to write the interactive side of the game and without that you’re left with a bunch of art assets. Sure you could make a great CGI movie but that’s not a game.

That’s why the most successful developers are ones started by programmers. It’s key that if you’re starting a game project, you must have a programmer attached whom knows what they’re doing. While money can be put on art, it can’t be put on code.

Programmers are invaluable.

Find Your Inner-Child

To Designers,

If you want to be the next Will Wright or Shigeru Miyamoto you must remember that games are GAMES! They should be new experiences that bring excitement and fun!

The best way to get inspirations for games is to constantly look at life in a new light. If you can view life as you did growing up, designing that AAA title will be easy; making it is a whole different problem.