Someone once told me, “When your hobby becomes your work, it’s time to find a new hobby.” This couldn’t be more right. And I couldn’t have been more wrong to ignore it.
I encounter many people who want to develop games but have not yet made the plunge for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they ask, “What is it like?” Usually, they ask for advice on how they can get started. Out of everything I could say, the concept of how making games fundamentally change someone’s enjoyment of themis the most difficult to express. It’s also the most difficult for them to hear – and the most important. The reason I am writing about this now is because I just had a fresh reminder playing Destiny, which launched worldwide this week.
This issue is not limited just to game developers. Game journalists, critics, and others face it as well. Here is the core question:
“Do you love games so much you are willing to sacrifice your enjoyment of them on the altar of Career?”
However, before I continue, I first need to define what a hobby actually is and why hobbies are so incredibly important to everyday life.