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Need some motivation

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Hello everyone,

 

I'm planning to pursue game development/design as a career goal, being a senior student in computer engineering. However, I have a problem.

 

There are periods of time when I'm so motivated in learning new stuff, practicing them, trying to make use of them, reading more and more, coming up with ideas and even enhancing them. These are the times when I feel like I really want to be inside the game industry. I want to be a part of a game that influences people, makes them extend their imaginary world and so on.

 

But there are also times when I just don't wanna do anything, not even play any games or study. Not because I'm relaxed and think that I'll sort it out later some time, I just simply don't want to do anything. I keep on procrastinating and doing nothing until I run into something (an inspirational talk, movie, story, game) motivational. I feel like this takes a lot from my precious time thinking the fact that in a year or so I will be graduating.

 

I really want to know how I can constantly keep myself motivated. How do I do it? How do you guys do it?

 

Thank you all in advance.

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Youre perfectly normal..... those moments of feeling unmotivated to code will go away once someone starts paying you to do it :) Just think of all those times in school when you're using your brain so much you just get tired and un motivated.... well programming uses your brain quite alot. you're going to get exhausted and unmotivated darn near everytime. It might not be noticable all the time but that's just what happens when you make your brain work hard.

 

Now back to my hole to code some more..... P.S. take breaks, its common place to have 10 minute internet breaks every hour to get your sanity (motivation) back.

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Motivation and morale go hand in hand. If you find yourself unmotivated, take a break and step away. As has been said before, you can't be motivated 24/7. It's really just not possible.

 

If your trying to power through and get a project done, I find it's best not to focus on the project as a whole but as each part unto itself. It stops the mountain of unfinished work from getting to you. Reading motivational articles can help, but if you're simply to fried to read, set it aside and go do something else for a little bit. It's easier to step away then it is to wait until you're not to fried to work.

 

http://makegames.tumblr.com/post/1136623767/finishing-a-game 

 

I like this blog in particular, and I have this specific post bookmarked for when I'm going through a lax period. I've found if I can't do, reading some production blogs can sometimes give me the motivation to continue learning(even if I don't learn anything). Some of them are quite funny, and you can usually glean at least a little useful information, even if you've been working on bitswitching until your eyes have bled.

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As willpowered says, watching other gamedevs is sometimes enough to do the trick. What works for me is listening to a programming podcast or reading a book about game development (or just programming in general).

 

Current recommendations in podcasts: TechZing, Walled Garden Weekly;

Books: David Kushner's Master of Doom, Randall Stross's The Launch Pad.

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Wow guys, thank you all for your great advices. I've already bookmarked the podcasts, books and whatever you guys have suggested.

 

I immediately watched Indie Game: The Movie, and I can say that; there is my god damn motivation. Thank you all.

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Sometimes the best thing to do is to just play a game you love. I find it really inspiring and motivating seeing another developers work that I admire, often after playing a game I enjoy it makes me want to create my own even more.

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