I just graduated from a web development bootcamp a few weeks ago and it was pretty cool, but I don't enjoy web development that much. I decided to try my hand at game development; it's been a passion of mine for some time now and it's one of the reasons I continue to code. I just want to voice some frustrations about they way people respond when I tell them I want to be a game developer.
Every time I tell someone I want to be a Game Developer the outcome is usually predictable. I usually get one of two typical outcomes.
People who garner this response usually claim to be friends with or know a game developer and claim it sucks and they don't like it for X reason, whether it's pay or a toxic work environment or some other third thing.
People who garner this response usually try to discourage me from being a game developer by claiming that everyone wants to be a game developer and make some commentary about the competitive nature of the game development market.
I'm not saying that people's opinions and criticisms about the games industry aren't valid, I'm just saying maybe show some encouragement instead of immediately putting me down for following my dreams - regradless of however many people and their grandmothers have the same dream.
When I was in school for web development almost everyone was encouraging - constantly offering tips and advice or recommending resources for learning and sharing things. It was great to have some encouragement, but with game development, I almost don't want to tell people that I want to be a game developer because I'm afriad they'll just respond the same way most people do.
I was recently at a design conference and some designers told me to just give up and do something boring and make games as a hobby because I'll never make it as a game developer and if I do, I'll hate it. That was the last straw for me. Let's just all chill and maybe come up with some positive things to say or maybe provide some actionable steps to help me along my way the way people do with web development or just don't help me at all. Thank you for listening.