Games, Games Design

The Enthusiasm of Games Writers

Over the years I have met many game writers and other creative designers. At times it has been sad, when I have met people who have produced great work, that was successful. – And yet those people were either ripped off, or not paid. Times like that can make you disillusioned, or cynical.

Some of the people I have met have still carried on despite being treated so badly. Why is that? Well because they love what they do, and even though they are not rewarded they cannot stop.

Last night I attended a meeting of independent games developers. It was good to spend time with people who were so enthusiastic about what they were doing. It was refreshing, and it was fun. It’s an art-form creating games, and it’s a fun art-form to be in. I know business well, but what I believe is:-

The business should serve the art, not the art serving the business

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2 thoughts on “The Enthusiasm of Games Writers

  1. So true Kevin! : ). You have to expect some setbacks and sucker punches if you’re going to pursue what you love. Money’s not enough of a motivation for someone creative in the long run.

    This is the quote from our About page: “It seems counterintuitive, but for imagination-based companies to succeed in the long run, making money can’t be the focus.”
    – Pixar’s Brad Bird

  2. No money is not the motivation. It is reward, recognition, and maybe a tool to getting creative freedom. The driver is creating, and creating something good, or preferably, great!

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