Simoroshka & games

Dec
09

Level up yourself already

If you want to get somewhere in life, if you want to reach your dreams, chances are you need to break out of your comfort zone. Again and again, making it wider as you grow above your fears. You need to try new things, you need to learn, you need to do something you have never even thought is possible for you.

I accidentally met current students of Intro to Game Programming at IGDA gathering. I can see my old self in them – they want to make games, they want one day to work in a gaming company, but they have no idea how they can start. Or they have a vague idea, but it is far from reality of life. The truth I learned is that you don’t need anything special to start making games. You can learn tons of things on your own. You don’t need to wait for a Game Project Course to be organized in your university where you will be on your own anyway, apart from the strict deadline for delivering your project (maybe that’s what most people need. I love deadlines too). But for many people it is just outside of their comfort zone. Making games is hard. I don’t know how. I am not experienced in programming. I am not enough just yet. That’s what the fears say.

Get out and do what you want to do. Don’t wait till you know it all. It will never happen if you stay where you are, if you don’t learn new and maybe scary things.
No idea how Unity works? Open a tutorial and follow through, then try to change things around and experiment.
No programming experience? Pick up a course or something.
Would like to design great games but have no idea where to start? How about a book?
Never had a team experience? Go to a game jam.
There is nothing to be afraid of. It’s fun.

P.S. Ludum Dare is in 2 days! I literally can’t wait!
P.P.S. Also I started re-learning C++. It’s been a long time.

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