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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:29 am 
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Games itself motivates me to make games. I just feel that games are like an ungraded version of story books. Right now I am in DigiPen Singapore studying Science in Game Design. It's though but fun and satisfactory to get your game done up and running. I mean.. Most gamers don't know the code behind the game they are playing. I get to know how stuff works behind. It's just feels like magic.


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:57 pm 
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Archendrus wrote:
I'm a recovering slacker, and I had a real bad time a couple years ago.


That ought to be a title of a game. "I'm a recovering slacker". Awesome.

Well done by the way! Programming is a hard thing to get into, but once your deep down that rabbit hole it becomes a natural routine to keep going. Something you dont need to force.

My motivation comes from exactly that. Being so far into it I can now just enjoy myself. Game programming is especially hard. Apart from learning how to program which is difficult enough, you also need to learn design patterns for game programming. Update/draw loop, actor management systems, cameras, coordinate systems, etc...


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:28 pm 
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Sevn wrote:
Archendrus wrote:
I'm a recovering slacker, and I had a real bad time a couple years ago.


That ought to be a title of a game. "I'm a recovering slacker". Awesome.

Well done by the way! Programming is a hard thing to get into, but once your deep down that rabbit hole it becomes a natural routine to keep going. Something you dont need to force.

My motivation comes from exactly that. Being so far into it I can now just enjoy myself. Game programming is especially hard. Apart from learning how to program which is difficult enough, you also need to learn design patterns for game programming. Update/draw loop, actor management systems, cameras, coordinate systems, etc...



Haha! It's the best way I've found to describe myself.

I hear ya. I'm comfortable enough with programming in now so that I'm not constantly trying to wrap my head around things and I can just enjoy it. Though, there's always something new to learn. That's another part of the fun =)

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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:01 am 
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Archendrus wrote:
That's another part of the fun =)


Too right!


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:04 pm 
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Good motivators for me:

1. Seeing others finish their game: Seeing the final box art, seeing how happy they are to release their game, hearing them as they talk about their sales, whether good or bad. Hearing them put a game under their belt, taking pictures of the team after the game is done. Seeing them release a music soundtrack as well. All of this is encouraging, because it somehow cuts through alot of churn in my projects, and it just tells me, get it done. Dont worry about secrets epic storylines, or new genre bending mechanics, dont worry about perfection, just get it done.

2. Taking a Break: Taking a break actually helps me when I am exhausted from working on the game. After coming back with fresh eyes, I realize how much work I put into the game, and I continue working.


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:27 am 
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Well when I was a kid I would spend all day playing video games on pc mostly. My half brother was at the time in uni doing some programming course and when he was home i would watch him do nothing but type a paragraph or so into his pc and play some amazing animation. So a mixture of a love of most things computers and the fascination of what a couple of words could do is why i was first motivated to program (And of course love of games turned that into games development).


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:38 pm 
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I've always been motivated by seeing what I could do with computers, especially if it was flashy graphics or maths, or attempting to evoke emotion through immersive level design... I don't think there's ever been anything like the interactive experiences we can build today and I'm excited because honestly, we've only just begun :). I love programming in general because it's the closest thing we've ever had to pure magic - modern computers are capable of universal computing, so they can literally do or simulate anything that the laws of physics allow (within memory and realtime speed limits, of course ;)). I think I've always had a sense that to be able to code is to be able to make ideas real in ways that've never been possible before.

I work professionally in games, but I don't think I'd stay long if I wasn't working on things that weren't new or that I wasn't personally invested in. I love seeing the faces of people who play games I've had a hand in, I love it when people are excited by new ideas and are able to try them out and iterate on them, I love cooperative experiences and being able to travel to new worlds and do things I'd never otherwise have been able to do, even if via a keyboard and mouse and screen. I also love being able to play games as a team and one of my passions is bringing people together to do that via the things I create. I love being inside fixed, linear stories with strong characters and I love big open sandboxes to play in. I love being able to pretend that I'm a warrior princess, or a starship captain, or whatever I fancy on any given day!

I want to complete more indie projects because I feel I'm able to express myself better by myself or as part of a small team, but I've never felt like just a cog in the machine in industry - I'm aware that's not necessarily a general experience, but it does end up being a lot more specialised work. When a team really works together they do produce something that's more than just the sum of its parts and even in the most derivative of works, I think a lot of people take pride in what they do in industry, more so than a lot of others. Having said that, I do think it's stagnated somewhat recently at the wider end of the market and I'd love to see more innovation there because it really drives me :D.

Finally, I'm greatly motivated by seeing people learning and collaborating and finding things out for the first time - there's more to learn than anyone can ever know, so this is a constant experience. I love finding out new things and new ways of doing things I thought I'd got completely figured out. I love it when I can help someone over a mental block or show them something awesome :D.

(Hmm, it seems I'm in a good mood today!)


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
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KittyCata wrote:
I've always been motivated by seeing what I could do with computers, especially if it was flashy graphics or maths, or attempting to evoke emotion through immersive level design... I don't think there's ever been anything like the interactive experiences we can build today and I'm excited because honestly, we've only just begun :). I love programming in general because it's the closest thing we've ever had to pure magic - modern computers are capable of universal computing, so they can literally do or simulate anything that the laws of physics allow (within memory and realtime speed limits, of course ;)). I think I've always had a sense that to be able to code is to be able to make ideas real in ways that've never been possible before.

I work professionally in games, but I don't think I'd stay long if I wasn't working on things that weren't new or that I wasn't personally invested in. I love seeing the faces of people who play games I've had a hand in, I love it when people are excited by new ideas and are able to try them out and iterate on them, I love cooperative experiences and being able to travel to new worlds and do things I'd never otherwise have been able to do, even if via a keyboard and mouse and screen. I also love being able to play games as a team and one of my passions is bringing people together to do that via the things I create. I love being inside fixed, linear stories with strong characters and I love big open sandboxes to play in. I love being able to pretend that I'm a warrior princess, or a starship captain, or whatever I fancy on any given day!

I want to complete more indie projects because I feel I'm able to express myself better by myself or as part of a small team, but I've never felt like just a cog in the machine in industry - I'm aware that's not necessarily a general experience, but it does end up being a lot more specialised work. When a team really works together they do produce something that's more than just the sum of its parts and even in the most derivative of works, I think a lot of people take pride in what they do in industry, more so than a lot of others. Having said that, I do think it's stagnated somewhat recently at the wider end of the market and I'd love to see more innovation there because it really drives me :D.

Finally, I'm greatly motivated by seeing people learning and collaborating and finding things out for the first time - there's more to learn than anyone can ever know, so this is a constant experience. I love finding out new things and new ways of doing things I thought I'd got completely figured out. I love it when I can help someone over a mental block or show them something awesome :D.

(Hmm, it seems I'm in a good mood today!)


I like this =D The motivation you experience from having someone enjoy a game you created, is the kind of motivation I'd like to experience. I'm still pluggin' away on my first original game, so the motivation I experience is completely internal. Still, I get psyched when I see my game elements come together and start to resemble the games I played as a kid, which back then, were complete "black boxes" to me.

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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
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Hehe, when I first started coding years and years ago I made this little pong game which I zipped up and sent to some friends, that was amazing, not least because one of them decided to name it for me and did a little intro image I could splash up on it :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: What motivates you?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Playing games for much of my life, it became a favorite hobby. One day I had thought to myself that I wanted to share that kind of experience to people all over the world, and that's how I got started coding at the age of 12! :P

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