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It seems like only yesterday I picked up an adventure game creator when I was 8 years old and started trying to make my own games, there was always that passion and drive to do it.
Many years later throughout high school I attempted, but never fully commited to the idea of making them, but it was still there.
Fast forward to my mid 20’s, a University course where I met like minded people, a couple of events (Including PAX Prime!) the passion was fully alive.
The thing is with passion, is that many things can contribute to it’s downfall. For me it was the need to earn money, and the failure of projects I was working on in teams.
Let’s fast forward a little. In 2021 I decided that I was going to FINISH a game, no matter what it took. Like many other independant developers I spent my nights after work planning, coding, putting all the pieces together and working on the road to release.
I did it. I actually did it. I released 7th Chance on Steam where it’s sitting with a healthy “mostly positive” rating. Although it’s a major accomplishment to release something and have people play it, there are obvious things I needed to focus on for my future development. Things like optimisation, deeper story and, ultimately, increasing game length… but that’s a topic for another day. A decent short game doesn’t become amazing by length, that’s just padding and can end up making it worse.
We’re now in 2022 and to be honest, I’ve realised that I am trying to do far too much. I work full time, spend a few nights streaming, a few nights writing, a few nights working on games… I think that’s about 9 nights per week, it just doesn’t add it. So, what’s the solution?
Well, I’m proud to announce that I am no longer “drewidgames” and in a few weeks I will also no longer be working at my current full time job. Instead, I’m taking the plunge as a full time indie developer, forming “Stasis Booth Games” and working on the first official Stasis Booth title: We Are Not Alone.
I know I can do it, and can’t wait to bring others along for the ride.
See you around,