This is dedicated to game developers. I don’t care if you’re a full, professional company like Bethesda, or a tiny indie team like Bread Vision Studios, this is for all of you.
No matter where you are, game development is like suddenly finding yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean. And if you’re new to it, it’s even worse because you don’t know how to swim.
If you don’t ever learn how to swim, you’ll drown before you can even get the chance to live. If you finally learn how to swim, or if you already know how, then you need to start heading somewhere, anywhere. But be careful! If you push yourself too hard, you’ll easily burn out and you could quickly drown.
That’s the least of your worries, also. You’re still faced with choppy seas and rough weather, in the form of other developers and life events of all sizes. There are also sharks out there, so be careful. Sometimes, the waves and storms will push you around and almost drown you, preventing you from ever reaching your goal. Other times, they might unknowingly help you towards your goal, whatever that might be.
Sometimes, you’ll see a bit of land in the distance. You swim towards it, your goal is in sight! But the winds and waves might push you away, make you lose sight of that goal, and it’s lost forever. Other times you’ll be swept even further out to sea, and would have to start something else, start a new path.
But sometimes, you’ll reach that land. Sometimes, you’ll reach that goal. And once you do, you’ll finally have some firm ground to stand on. You’ll finally have that rush of joy, knowing that YOU did this. YOU got yourself to this point. This is YOUR island, YOUR project, YOUR achievement.
And once you get to that land, who knows where you’ll go from there? Perhaps you’ll use the resources of that island to build a raft, to find another island. It’ll definitely make things a lot easier next time, if you decide to venture out again.
Either way, no matter where you are, don’t give up. There’s always hope, just remember to take a break every now and then. Get your bearings, and then keep going. You can do this. I believe in you.