I am Jacob “Telekinetic Criminal” Deming and I am an independent game developer. That’s right, I am following the career path of champions and attempting to create something enjoyable from the ground up. Cause, you know, that always ends well.
Anyway! My background was not originally in game development at all. In fact, I was a Journalism and Media Studies major back in college. I studied the gaming industry, the psychology of virtual spaces, and sociological impact of video games during my schooling but knew next to nothing about how to actually develop a game. After graduation, however, I realized that I wanted to try and make games for a living and thus tried to break into the production side of the industry.
It did not work out well.
So I decided to sit down and spend some actual time learning how to code. I joined a coding boot camp. I purchased and worked my way through many a game development course online. I became a contractor in the web development industry. I read book after book after book on C#, C++, Unity, Unreal, and RPG Maker. And I did all of this in order to make myself a more desirable candidate in my dream industry.
How did round two of the gaming job search go?
Eeeeeehhhhhhhh… I need more experience.
From what interviews I have faced thus far, it seems that most studios want you to have about two to three years of development work under your belt before they’ll think about hiring you. Problem with getting that development experience, however, is that you need someplace to start and there are far fewer entry-level game development jobs than you might originally think. This means having to get creative and improvise.
The way in which I have been doing this is by taking on both web and game development contracts whenever I can. I’m not able to talk about them in all that great of detail thanks to the numerous NDAs that I have signed, but I am still getting experience nonetheless.
I do want to be able to show SOMETHING off, however, so thus we come full-circle back to my decision to become an independent game developer.
I shall make my own experience!
Soon I will be joining the IGDA, making a small game every month, and also throwing my hat into a few different game jams whilst continuing my contract work. I’ve also already begun working on a Sidescroller/RPG by the working title of “Generation IV” which I plan to develop into an issue-based series. It may not look like much right now – most likely due to my lack of drawing talent – but the code and mechanics are coming together quite nicely I think.
So… What can you expect from me?
- At least one post per week on current developments in my quest to become a game developer and/or my current projects
- A small game every month. Sadly I cannot promise they will all be high-quality but I will certainly try my very best.
- Regular updates on the Generation IV game that I working making
- Development streams and possibly even tutorial/development videos
- My announcement that I am now a full-time member of a game development team
That final point is our end-goal, folks. There is nothing I want more in this world than to become a game developer and there is nothing that is going to stop me from accomplishing that dream. More than anything else, I can promise you that.