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Focus

Daily Focus Through Goal Setting

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As a creative multi-disciplined generalist, having laser like focus is an impossible pipe dream. If I focus on one thing for more than 3 days I get incredibly bored on whatever I’m doing.  Worst yet, it starts to feel like work, which stifles creativity.  I’ve been putting a lot of thought and practice into productivity lately and this is what I’ve found… Read More

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3 Ways To Make Money In Games

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Sure, making games is fun and all, but is it possible to make a living at it? When I told my parents in 1986 that I wanted to make video games for a living, they laughed at me and told me to think of something more realistic to do with my life. Their reasoning was simple, how many people are actually employed in the games industry circa 1986? At that time, just three years after the famous Video Game Crash of 1983, only Nintendo seemed to be thriving. How many people worked for Nintendo at that time? Maybe 100? What chance did I have to interview with a Japanese company and land a job in this amazing field? I may as well have told my parents I plan on being a professional lottery player… Read More

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Set Yourself Up For Indie Success

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It’s also the first rule of Indie Game Development: keep your overhead LOW. The lower the overhead, the better. There’s a simple reason for this: if you have a high overhead you will be limited to what you can work on in your business.

I’m not suggesting that you live in a hut in the middle of the desert (although this would be nice and quiet) but I am suggesting to think of indie game development as a lifestyle. For example, most people load themselves up with monthly payment obligations in all areas of their life: mortgage/rent, car payments, utilities, credit cards, etc. The “ideal” employment budgeting usually goes like this; if I make “X” per week we’ll be able to afford “Y” in monthly payments. Then they go and fill that amount “Y” to the absolute maximum allowed budget, or in many cases going over, which essentially forces them to completely depend on their employer. They are now in a position where their lively hood depends on their job, the office politics become extended episodes of “Survivor” and they must do whatever the job requires of them or risk losing everything… Read More