Anyone recognize this curve? I bet! XD
Game developing has lead me to
play less put games aside A LOT. I think it happened way before I got into the business, though. After I was 12-13ish I gradually put creation and production before play. Because I simply thought those were more rewarding.
Of course, it’s all about how you prioritize. :) Once in a while I play games! But I have to put creativity/productivity aside for that, which feels like a sickness when I do. But I don’t mind taking my time playing games! It took me 2-3 years to finish Phantom Hourglass. And I still haven’t finished Spirit Tracks since I bought it. I got myself Orange Box 2 years ago and still haven’t played Portal… at the office some of my friends shake their heads when I tell them this. “Portal only takes a few hours, you can waste a few hours on a master piece, right?” BUT, I don’t think it’ll take a few hours for me… I am really a slow gamer these days! And besides. A few hours equals hours I can ink 1 comic page, make break downs or write a couple of pages. Something I really seldomly have the time to do since game development truly is a life style, not a 9-5 job - with the overtime, constantly eagering to work on new solutions, the freelancing to become a better artist etc.
A good game developer should play games and study them. It’s true! But my “noobish” brain have indeed been a great value at times in game developing. Esp. when developing casual games. And as soon as I need inspiration from a game I tend to watch “Let’s Play!” videos. Really effective!
So, yes, my only poor excuse is that on my spare time I really just want to be creative and healthy. 100% creative freedom. Draw, write, work on my personal projects, work out, stay healthy and spend time with Robe. One day I will catch up on gaming, when I feel like it. :3 And replay those games I grew up with. Right now creative freedom is like a fuel for me - if I can’t have it once in a while I’ll explode. It can only be achieved on my sparse spare time, no matter how much I love my job and think my tasks are challenging. Work is always work~
So… what’s your excuse? :D