Before I started programming, my goal to get into game development was to be a producer. I wasn’t all that good in programming, I could draw, but I wasn’t the best all around. I know practice makes perfect, but I wasn’t all that busy with it. With that mindset, and my will to get my grip into the games industry I figured that either designing or producer was my best bet. Although I had plenty of ideas for games and could decently design in basic principles, it wasn’t purely my thing to do. I made my choice, I wanted to be a producer and decided to dig into all the information I could find to become that. The more I read about it, the more I liked the idea of becoming a producer, but also that it would be rather difficult for me to start off as a producer without any proper knowledge of.. well, anything related to making games! This could be a problem.. Wanting to get into the games industry, but I have nothing that might get me into there! Well, as you might have guessed, I started programming, got into a college that is focused on game programming and in here, I finally started to realize that I wanted to set up my own studio. Go from the ground up and do the things I think is best!
I will not go into much detail on how I started up, if you are interested you can check out this blog where I plan (and already do) to take you into the details on how we did things, pitfalls and things that went well, as much as possible!
But to get back on track! During the period from where the first idea emerged to well.. now, it occurred to me that this might have been the thing I always wanted to do is to manage. I want to manage my own company, I want to manage my own team, I want to be able to do what I think is right! This might sound a bit like a lot of “me, me, me!” but it’s actually “we, we, we!”. I know I can’t do this entirely on my own, obviously, but with like-minded persons it can go a long way! Next to wanting this, it also a thing I actually like to do, according to others, I am good at managing. This might also explain why people generally ask me to be project lead or whatever lead.. Anyway! I like it, I am good at it, so why not do it? So I did!
Together with 2 others, we recently started our own studio: Grinding Minds. We took our first steps on a long road with a lot of difficulties. Will we manage? We don’t know. Will we ever create a game? We don’t know! We took our first steps and although we are optimistic, we are also realistic! We take this step by step and you can follow everything on our blog. All we can hope for is to keep standing, grow and achieve our goal!
Until next post!