The Struggles of Gaming – Game Development
Struggle is a word that people don’t often associate with video games. After all most people only, associate video games as something that people sit around and play. What people often fail to see or realize is that there are struggles that go on behind the scenes. While as gamers we get to enjoy a finished product, often it can be a struggle for the developers to deliver those same titles.
Game development the struggle is indeed real
Game development is often a long and stressful process, even under the most ideal circumstances. Despite having vast resources and many design teams, even developers from large studios struggle with budget concerns, time constraints, and oversight from management, most of which have probably never worked in game development.
The struggle for indie developers is much more of an uphill battle. Indie devs don’t have the vast resources at their disposal that the large studios do. While this can often be a hindrance there are also benefits to this as well. For instance, they often don’t have to deal with the oversight of management that’s probably never developed a game before.
Of course, while not having the oversight of anxious management is sometimes a good thing, the lack of other resources only serves to complicate an already difficult struggle. If game development is a struggle for devs at large studios with their vast resources, then imagine how difficult it must be for indie devs. Many of which are paying for the game’s development out of their own pocket.
Many indie devs work on their games while holding down regular nine to five jobs. This just adds to the daily struggles that they must deal with during the development process. This struggle takes on a different perspective when you factor in how difficult it is for indie games to find success once they’re released. In fact, being successful is often an outlier for indie games instead of the norm. That struggle for success is only going to increase as more and more titles get released.
While the entry to game development has decreased thanks to the availability of tools such as Unity, developers still face a lot of the same old problems. Asset development and marketing being chief among them, while digital distribution has been a boon for the indie market, it’s still a challenge to get eyes on a title that’s release via a platform like Steam.
Truth is many people don’t consider the struggle that developers face daily, many times without so much as a thank you when their work is complete. Even after all the work that devs put into a game, some are forced to watch as their title fails to pick up steam with players. Despite what some may think the struggle in game development is real. Because I don’t think that it gets said enough, thank you. Thank you, to all the devs that work tirelessly to bring us great games.
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