How Important Is Game Production to You?

How important is game production for you? What do you want to accomplish in game production – or in life? Sometimes it’s difficult to know what’s important and what’s something that you just habitually finish. But how do you measure how important game production is to you? How do you know if you are working on what you should?

It’s quite easy to think taking small steps every day, but I believe it’s good to clarify where you are actually heading.

Here’s an efficient way to find out how important something is. Simply ask yourself: What if you had only 2 years to live? What would you do? Would you finish your game? Would you start a new MMO game? Would you create a totally new concept? Would you do game programming at all? Would you get rid of some parts in game production, and concentrate the really juicy elements?

The answer to this simple question will tell you a lot what you really want – and will determine how important game production is to you.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. I think I would finish my game, it would be something to leave behind – legacy if you will. Its scope is limited enough to actually be finished in 2 years (hopefully less, as I’m working on it now)

    The only difference would be that I’d open source it on my death.

  2. I don’t think you can imagine yourself in that situation. Whatever you think you will do is purely speculation because it cannot be the same to imagine your are going to die and actually knowing that you are really going to die.

    However, sadly I think I will do as much game development as I could.

  3. tricky one this because if you had two years to live, presumably (unless you had the right insurance) you’d have to carry on working to support yourself and your family. If I didn’t have to work, I wouldn’t program (maybe as a hobby) but if I did have to work then I’d stick with the same career. I’d spend more time with family of course, + playing music, reading, travelling etc but it would all depend on budget, you wouldn’t want to leave a debt behind you for someone else to deal with.

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