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There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who oftentimes lived in a bucket.
He used to make games,
But then he found dames,
And now he simply says "aww fuck it".



Life's too short to be spending every spare minute of your life sitting in a dark basement, staring at a computer screen, making computer games.
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There once was a dev who said "screw it"
he said this cause he couldn't do it.
when asked "why not try?" he said with a sigh,
"I would much rather quit than go through it."

Life's to short to not try and leave your mark on the world.

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There once was a man from Berlin
Who spent all his time on his engine
It was a quite the shame
That he never finished his game
And eventually dragged it to the trash bin


Basement? I'm at the top of a second floor loft with a view of the densely-wooded horse-trail-crisscrossed corps of engineers forest that surrounds lake Grapevine.

(the picture's a bit off. If you look above and to the right of the thumbtack, you'll see a bright silver roof that appears to have no access to the main road. That's my hobbit-hole.)

I've been writing games independently for over ten years. I've sold around a million copies. I made enough money to set my wife up with a consulting engineering business and a down-payment on our little Hobbit-hole. I get emails every week from people who enjoyed my games. I get to go to game conferences and get free toys to share with my three year-old.

Short of being a Mississippi riverboat captain or a pirate, being a game developer is the best life there is.

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Life's to short to not try and leave your mark on the world.



You know I've written three books, right?



Trust me, leaving a "mark" on the world isn't going to make you feel good about your life. I used to try to convince myself that it did, but it's not true happiness. Not at all.

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Short of being a Mississippi riverboat captain or a pirate, being a game developer is the best life there is.


You missed my point, I believe.


At the end of the day, what makes you happier? Realising that you can write and sell computer games, or realising that you have a wonderful family and a child who will grow up to make you proud one day?

Thought so.


I may program computer games again as a hobby someday far in the future, but as for right now, getting my social and family life in order is far more important to me.

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Trust me,


Trust you? According a recent post you just moved out of your parent's house for the second time, which is a clear indication of instability.

You don't sound like a person I should be taking advice from [grin]

So if you don't want to make games anymore then why don't you go?

Go on, go, leave the gamedev.net community, it would be better than listening to you saying that people who develop games instead of chasing women and having kids are losers.

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Realising that you can write and sell computer games, or realising that you have a wonderful family and a child who will grow up to make you proud one day?


Realising that I can write and sell computer games of course. For one, I hate kids, and also, I think having a project that will grow into something I'm proud of will be rewarding as well.

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Mithrandir. Family is worth a lot more than anything on this planet and it may also be deemed that a devoted parent/husband would gladly give their life for to protect. I commend you for taking care of what is important in your life and goodluck with anything you plan on doing. Game programming is -not- for everybody and it is expecially not for the non-ambitious with a lack of motivation to keep driving foreward to that next level. Individuals that can maintain a steady career while maintaining a steady relationship are out there. But, some people do it and some people dont.

Everybody has their purpose in life, and this just is not where you are meant to be. Again. Goodluck and take care.

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At the end of the day, what makes you happier? Realising that you can write and sell computer games, or realising that you have a wonderful family and a child who will grow up to make you proud one day?


Ick... Well. It's not for everybody. :) I -hate- kids, but I love my girlfriend enough to give my life for. But, you have got to be kidding to be saying that you would not be proud in this scenerio.....

"Why bother? Looking at this description of the computer game industry is making that boring job at American General Life Insurance look pretty good. There are plenty of good things, but there's one that beats them all: After all the hard work, lost weekends, and screaming matches with producers and testers, your game finally appears on the retail shelves somewhere. A few weeks after it ships, you start looking. You make excuses to go to Wal-Mart, Circuit City, and Best Buy and wander the software section. Eventually you see it. Your game. In a box. On the shelf. Shrink-wrapped!

There's nothing like it. As you hold it in your hands someone walks up to you and says, "Hey, I was thinking of buying that game. Is it any good?" You smile and hand him the box, "Yeah, It's damn good."
[excerpt taken from Game Coding Complete, Second Edition by Mike McShaffry]

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Trust you? According a recent post you just moved out of your parent's house for the second time, which is a clear indication of instability.

You don't sound like a person I should be taking advice from


Then don't. It's up to you; I couldn't care less. You don't know any of the specifics of my situation, and you ASSumed I'm an instable person, simply because I moved back home to take care of my family since my dad became disabled due to multiple sclerosis? Oh well, your loss. Not mine.


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So if you don't want to make games anymore then why don't you go?


Why, exactly, do I have to leave the community, simply because I don't make games anymore? There are tons of people here in the same situation. I happen to have many friends in this community, and you want me to leave it simply because I don't program games anymore... I don't get it. That's like telling someone to stay away from a political message board simply because they aren't a politician. Riiiight...

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Go on, go, leave the gamedev.net community, it would be better than listening to you saying that people who develop games instead of chasing women and having kids are losers.


Those are your words, not mine. I never once said you or anyone else on this site is a loser for making games. If that's how you see yourself, then that's your issue, to deal with on your own, but whatever. I'm a little sick of pissants such as yourself continuously complaining that I never talk about programming games. Since when did I sign a contract that obliged myself to posting only gamedev-related shit? Are you going to start posting crap in Daves or Kevin's journals because they don't post about game development? Of course not... what hypocrissy. I told you before that I don't focus on game development and it's your perogative to read or ignore this journal. You obviously didn't take it very seriously, because instead of ignoring it, you're once again posting in it, "offended" by what I wrote, imagining that I called you a loser.

I've scanned your journal, and I find it dreadfully boring. You made a good looking game, but so what? I don't find it interesting at all. Now, what's the difference between you and I? I don't go into your journal and constantly point out how boring it is with every post. I respect your dedication to your project and leave you alone to do your thing without crapping up your threads.


Ergo, if you have a problem with the content of this journal, don't read it. It's a free internet, after all.

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... if you have a problem with the content of this journal, don't read it. It's a free internet, after all.


Amen to that. :)

This is a great community and even though I dont post crap about game development in my journal, I use this as a networking hub and to just simply -track- my adventures within game development. Not to mention... There isn't anything that says I must. :)

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Mithrandir:
...long post about why I am wrong...


It's okay Ron, you don't need to justify yourself to me =)



'now on journal description'
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"WARNING: This journal almost NEVER talks about game development. Eesh."


Ahh the wheels of change =D

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I date women, and I rock out in a dark basement writing computer games. I am the ubermensch. Pay tribute to me.

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Yea...who said you can't make games and get 'tang at the same time??

It's possible ;-)

I actually use it to my advantage at bars and such, I explain to the ladies why I'm not in college anymore, 'cause I got this game I need to do...and I explain the situation to them. It shows I'm a well rounded person....you should use it to your advantage :-)

- Dan

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There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who oftentimes lived in a bucket.
He used to make games,
But then he found dames,
And now he simply says "aww fuck it".


How come I can have a girlfriend AND write code AND write my book AND do other things but you can't?

Scheduling is the key.

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It really does sound as if your using social scenario's as a reason for not pursuing the course of gamedev. As previously stated, balance is key. It sounds to me that you are being an extremist here. On the one hand you have give up life and family to make games. This isn't necessary, although at times I wish my family weren't around ( You know I love you guys, heh) you can still have an active family life and make games. You can have a great social life as well. Chicks really do dig guys that do things independently. I used to get a lot of tail when I was freelance writing, now I just get one tail, but that's all I need and want.

Secondly you have give up games and go for the social life. Not necessary once again, time mangment is key, and it sounds like maybe you are having some personal issues such as figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your life. THis makes since as is the path of every twenty something year old, some of us just figure it out sooner. Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do, and remember that extremes usually generate a response, but often you'll find it's probably not the one that you initially intended.

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