I am a stay-at-home game developer. I am considering purchasing a home in Kansas City, Kansas to take part in Google's new Google Fiber Gigabit Internet community. The real estate is very cheap out there and because geography *shouldn't* be an issue with game dev, I am seriously considering purchasing a house out there and putting up whomever wants to devote their life to game dev and all things geeky/techy.
Think of it like a school. At this school you would have the internet and your fellow housemates as instructors/fellow students. It would be ideally suited to very bright, self-started, young and eager game developers who don't want to worry about financial concerns, but want to focus all their time on game-dev.
I don't know how big that demographic is so I'm putting this post up as a ping to see if anybody would be interested. I would only ask that you pay for your own food expenses (and perhaps split the electricity, depending on the bill that all the kick ass hardware in the house would generate).
As a personal aside, if I decide that this investment is not worthwhile in the long run, I will be moving to San Francisco to be as immersed in the game dev community as possible. The upside of this as I see it is a built in community. I can't imagine another place with as many eager game devs in as geographically limited a space as SF. However, the game devs and other tech people in SF may all be 30's plus, and may all be firmly ensconced in a corporate environment, with no desire to "get more indy."
What do you indies out there think? Would building a home for the indie, devoted to the indie, and free for the indie, be something that you would take advantage of? How long would you like to stay there? How would you use it to kickstart your ideas and generally enjoy your life to a fuller extent?
If anyone has any thoughts or comments, please leave them here. I am very serious about this opportunity, and if it sounds like something you would also be interested in, please let me know. Feel free to also PM me or contact me at my number one email address:
I look forward to hearing from you.