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How to stay motivated?

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blueshogun96    2264

I'm curious on how you all stay motivated to work on your games and such.  This used to be an easy thing for me.  Now, not so much...

I'm not trying to give you all a sob story (I've had worse; been homeless before) but The past months since late October have been really depressing and a real downer.  Been out of steady work for 8 months (seattle's available job pool is dwindling and nobody wants to hire full time  so I might leave), and now here I am working in a white collar sweatshop 8.5 hours a day, commuting 3+ hours a day, and very little time to myself.  The pay isn't even the are minimum to get out of debt due to not having a job, and I literally have no money to myself.  Everything goes to rent so I don't end up homeless again.  When I do get home, I'm mentally exhausted and feel as if every brain cell in my head is busted.  When that happens I can't seem to carry a thought in a bucket so I just go to  bed.  Cycle repeats.

So how do you all stay motivated?  For me it's a constant struggle not to get depressed and start drinking again.  I have a game that's almost ready to be released but I have no money to do so.  It's already cross platform with lots of great pier reviews too.  I even had a Sony publisher take interest in it, plus I got id@xbox approval too, but my financial situation sucks.  I spin my gears at max speed but I feel like I'm getting nowhere fast.

Once again, I'm not asking for you to pity me or for sympathy because I'm done crying over it.  Life sucks and that isn't going to change for everyone.

What I AM asking is how to stay motivated even when everything looks hopeless and there's no way out?  How do you all handle it?

Thanks,

Shogun

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ApochPiQ    22999

I'm guessing that (thanks to the lovely state of political climate regarding healthcare) you don't have access to an actual medical professional that would, you know, be remotely qualified to tackle issues like this.

So I'll stick with the standard disclaimers: trying to find mental health advice on the internet is dangerous at best, nobody here is (likely) able to actually solve your problem, and relying on support from fickle anonymous strangers can become literally deadly if you take it too far without seeking professional help.

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Ovicior    1564

If your game is nearly done, maybe you should try and get a publisher to sponsor your project? Or maybe just sell the game itself? A bit of extra cash could really help you out. 

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grumpyOldDude    2739

Maybe the boundary between the forum and the discord chat is getting blurred to Chubu

Shogun- I don't think there is an easy answer. Anything said here is easier said than done. Life sucks indeed

Maybe you should not work solo on your game project but join forces/team up with some like-minded people. If you can do that, it would ease the burden. But finding such people might not be easy, so like I said no easy solution, but watch some motivational youtube videos and stay focused 

[ I myself haven't watched the whole of this video though, i have only watched the first 20 mins or so ]

 

Edited by grumpyOldDude

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polyfrag    2502

I think if you want to do it, there's a reason to be doing it deep down. I think in my own experiences making games is the development of the means, the building of bridges lets say, for more useful things. I find that if someone is stuck with an artists block or some kind of obstacle, finding interest in another field may be fruitful and may alleviate the blockage as well as to bring a fresh perspective to another field. Eg music or art. I think the end purpose of games like other arts is to be just be a distraction or something that people sink their free time into, to get a little bit of the whole while they take a break. I was recently watching DJs on YouTube and how they mix and a DJ bag review and it made me want to make music a lot. I think something I get happy thoughts out of and that alleviates my desire for being more motivated without actually making me motivated is that there is no point to human progress or actually doing anything, and that taking a dump or scratching oneself may be more important at a galactic scale than having finished a project, because deep down my subconscious decided I should do that instead. Also try out other arts because maybe you will become a "complete person". It would be awesome to have somebody that can wield all these arts in their head, especially to use them all on a game. That's what I recently thought about doing in my free time. Though I think games are useless and you have to find something useful to do and that may give you material and essence to put into your games. What is your game anyway? It takes a long time to perfect a craft and to get the most meaning or score the most points in the presentation. Score the most points as in, get the best ratio of memes to work or time spent or something, of memes is something you're aiming for. My early projects we're low meme yield. Actually my early projects had some good atmosphere and points scoring but not complete games. Then I went to over-engineering and learning the craft, until now, which is the point of simplification and making use of my accumulated code base and knowledge and recovering that youthful character and brilliance. So maybe keep doing what you're doing because you need to exhaust all possibilities or because you're contributing to the pool of stuff people can do in their free time and you enjoy attention. [deleted by moderator - warning issued to poster] [Edit] Or just quit your job if that's causing you depression and do games full time.

 

[Edit] Motivating videos: search "dj set" on YouTube

 

 

 

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