Can we be more encouraging towards aspiring game developers?

Joseph Whittington on January 08, 2019

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 t... [Read Full]
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This is a really great point!

I think this advice comes from the right place, but it's absolutely based in cynicism, and frankly stereotypes.

The game dev industry is full of horror stories, but I think these are definitely generalizations and it's not like other areas of development aren't laden with the endless death marches you hear about in game dev.

I have one IRL friend who does game dev and by all accounts he really enjoys it. I remember having coffee once with another game dev who was stereotypically burnt out, but he also was generally having a good time despite the pressure.

I think this observation is very astute. I don't meet a lot of aspiring game devs so I'm not sure I've given this advice myself per se, but I could see myself having given this similar advice without thinking it through much.

Furthermore, with the rise of AR/VR likely in the next decade, it seems like a great time to break into this space.

Good luck Joseph!


There's definitely a lot of negativity around game development. All the reasons are valid, though I'm sure you've heard them all so I won't repeat them.

I will say that it is nearly impossible to know how much you'll love game development unless you try it. Yes the costs you pay are high, but the personal benefit you get from being in the industry may be higher. That's different for everyone and there's only one way to find out.

I left game development because I didn't like the games we were making, BUT it was still the most fun I ever had in a job despite making less money and working more hours than other jobs. I kind of regret leaving even though my reasons for doing so were sound. If I had a chance to work on a game I'd enjoy playing, I'd probably take it.

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