I’m sitting at the airport waiting on my flight and I all i can think about is PAX East.
Last year was the first time I attended one of the bigger conventions. I decided to go at the last minute and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. I launched a website and a podcast. I got a few interviews and film of all the new games coming out. Things didn’t pan out like I wanted and I focused on my day job.
I heard about Dan Amrich’s new book, Critical Path: How to Write About Video Games For a Living. I bought it right away and really enjoyed the book. His stories and advice stick with you. One of the points that stuck with me, is that to write you have to write. The point also hits me in the fact that I’m a developer, and I want to make games. I know the free tools are there, so I’ve started working on making a game as well.
We all want to just come home and relax. But it’s very easy to relax on that plateau. It’s easy being lazy. Bruce Lee once said, “There are no limits. There are plateaus, and you must not stay there; you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.” That is my new mantra. I’m done being lazy, I want to work towards the things I want.
Dan, Thank you for your book. It was very enlightening and motivating. I think it funny that your book highlights the negatives of the job, trying to make people aware of what they are getting into. It does seem like some people have some rosy glasses but my eyes are open.