pretension ahead …!
There’s this term I learned while watching stupid cooking shows – mise en place – which means “putting in place” which isn’t a perfect translation but basically it means everything is where you need it and you’re ready to just cook.
It means you have your recipe, your vegetables are sliced, your meat is marinated, your spices are mixed and ready, you have adequate cookware and utensils – you’re ready to just cook and not worry about setup or preparation.
In the 4+ years I’ve been making games fulltime, I’ve pretty much never had this feeling with regards to game making. There’s always some blockade or hurdle, either the tech or my own know-how is failing me, and rather than tapping into my creative juices I’m constantly doubling down on the technology and creativity takes a back seat.
Our game engine (and my knowledge of it) is very close to getting there, it just needs some gaps closed. Once those gaps are gone I want to see about reaching that mise en place feeling and what I’m able to do with it. I love the technology part of making games and could talk about it all day, but more and more I want to get beyond it and see the other side.