First Game JamI Discuss my First Game Jam Experience

Participated in my first game jam
I'm disappointed to announce that last week was a wash for me. Shortly after I announced I was going to be participating in the Brackey's Game Jam, I got knocked off my feet and spent four days in bed sick with a seasonal cold. I was really excited with my idea at the start of the weekend, but when I was finally able to get out of bed on the last day of the Game Jam, I had only that, an idea. My week long game jam turned into a few hours. 

Although I am not a quitter and embarrassed by my inability to create, I took what I had and with the few hours I had left, I added a score system, title and game over screen, and even included a disclaimer explaining why the game was so unfinished. You can play my entry in a browser, here.

The struggles of being indie
Being an indie -- anything, has its benefits, but it also has it's issues and struggles. Last week I really felt those struggles. As an independent, your business, your career are all put on hold when you are incapable of doing your job. For me that also includes my financial situations. If I'm not able to work, I can't pay my bills. There is no one there to finish your job for you if you are unable.

It's important to LOVE what you do. If you are doing it for the money, notoriety or just because you think it'd be fun, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. If you can't weather the struggle, you'll never make it and you'll NEVER weather the struggle if it isn't something that you love doing. In Gary Vee's latest video he talks about how he works 15-16 hour days, but when he was in school, he couldn't last a few hours. The difference now is that he loves what he does. And that love and passion will weather any struggle.

Specific to game development, my pick of the week Donut County, encountered a different struggle. Pouring your blood, sweat and tears into a game for years, just to be knocked off by a game conglomerate weeks before you're able to bring it to market. You can do everything right and still feel the struggle. Don't let those days destroy you. Just keep creating and LOVE what you do.

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