A K Peters/CRC Press
This book offers a perspective into a phenomenon becoming more and more common: AAA developers ‘going indie’. Written through the personal story of the author finding his way into the AAA games space, only to retreat back to indie games and consulting work and finding a new-old life making games for himself, and finding fulfillment in doing so. It is both a word of warning to creatives seeking a corporation and a call for disillusioned developers to break free and do something wild, creative, and unexpected. It is critical of common industry issues such as structural crunch, health issues, work life balance, and more, but is also a personal story of mismatched needs in doing creative work.
Introduction. Making Video Games. The Startup Phase -or- What the Hell Am I Doing?. Struggling with Legitimacy. The Big Leagues. My First Little Indie Game. Breaking Out to Break In. How Do I Do It?