I thought I already had this, but turns out I just have ‘Game Dev Story’
Hey guys. I’ve been away, and now I’m back.
And look at you guys go! New logo, new forum skin, new intro to the 'cast, new game, new kickstarter (RIP). I am very proud of you, as should you be, as well as your loved ones, fiends, family and guys you knew in college who you suspect may be doing much better than you but in reality you know they’re just the hollowed-out shell of their former selves existing solely to perpetuate the myth of their ability to climb the endless ladder that is their career.
I’ve been busy at work. I changed from commuting by bus for one hour (yay! lostcast time!), to buying a motorbike (yay! fun!). I’ve now realised that I can listen to you guys while I work so happy days!!
Carry on :)
This reminds me of the old aphorism of ‘you are what you do’ which I just made up - basically if you want to be a great pianist you are only going to accomplish that by sitting your arse down and playing the piano.
If you spend all your time playing WoW then that is time that you are not improving at the piano.
But, more complexly, if you treat yourself as a character in an RPG, then you want a bit of balance in your levelling. One of my favourite lunchtime games, My Pet Protector illustrates this perfectly - you can spend all your time earning money as a stable-hand and build up your strength to a great degree, but by the end of the game your renown is zero and no-one knows who you are.
SO, going back to the piano example, if you spend some of your time going to concerts, and write reviews for a magazine as well as teach people how to play and organising gigs for yourself, then you are boosting your ability, not at the actual key-hitting part of piano playing, but at the part which allows you to have more opportunities to play the piano in front of people, due to people knowing that you actually exist and that you play the piano.
Now go back and re-read this post but substitute the words ‘make games’ for ‘play piano’, and there you go!