Don’t judge a game by it’s cover

Unlike other industries, in the game world games can go from crappy to spectacular. As long as you have the time and money you can make your game as good as you want. During the crunch period time games can evolve to become masterpieces. At this point in time developers needlessly exhaust themselves as they try to wrap up the game. Why do developers wait till the last minute to make sure everything is good to go? Some blame could go to poor planning but most developers go through this phase so what exactly is the problem here? Is there a solution?  

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If you can’t take risks you don’t belong here

This industry is all about risk taking. Whether it be designing a new form of gameplay or hiring team members. Take the dive and hope for the best. At the indie level it’s all about trial and error. As long as you have the patience to last through the many hardships you’ll face, you maybe able to complete your game.

Good luck! 😉

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.