House pretty much cleaned, year 2011 can come now

Cleaning is good for the soul.

I managed to clean some important things, two most radical being:

  • Twitter
  • Email

I no longer have fast/good access (read: Tweetdeck) to my Twitter feed. Unfortunately there’s the web-based twitter but luckily I don’t like that as much as Tweetdeck so hopefully I stay away. I’ll only check twitter through iPod touch.

Same with email.

I don’t know how well this works, but we’ll see. Hopefully for the best. I can always revert back if I think this won’t work. The main point is to set my working environment (aka, my main computer) in such shape that it does what I need: game project stuff.

Other (gaming related or otherwise) I can check from sofa with ease, when I have happen to have time to sit around for a few minutes. It’s in my hopes to make room and have better focus for game development.

No more “maybe some day” in email
One important point about email is that currently I have actually just 2 folders: inbox, trash. I most likely need “archive” too, but that’s it then. No other folders are needed. Inbox I focus on keeping on zero, and act on posts that need action. Trash is the place where most of the stuff goes and potentially archiving something. (4th folder would be “need action” type of folder)

It’s very drastic move, and I might regret/change it later, but I start with big change now. I change this to something else if needed.

Other things I’ve cleaned:

  • WordPress blog
  • Old hanging (non game) projects

I also cleaned this blog a bit and tested to see if tumbrl would provide more hassle free updates and such. Since I want to have my own personal touch on the appearance, and since there’s pretty good iphone app coming (2.6.4 should come out next week according to WordPress iOS blog) I’ll stick to this. I also wouldn’t have known what to do with the old blog posts and such… so I just decided to stick with this blog platform. I also updated the wordpress to newest version (rumour has it there’s flaw in 3.0.3 so better upgrade it) and changed the layout to more simplistic one. More personal too.

I also made the decision to drop many old projects (or projects in idea level). Like for example I thought about writing ebook on something (like using material from this blog), but I thought it’s just distraction. Indiexmas.com was nice last year, but it took quite a bit of time. I’m letting the domain expire. And some other stuff… that I just decide that they will not be “hanging” there. They are frozen, put to box and thrown to outer space.

Other things coming most likely/possibly:

  • Insiders membership closing down for new members
  • New company name

I decided that soon there won’t be any more new members accepted to the Insiders. Promoting & replying questions takes bit of time, and I feel that I wanna solely focus on doing game and selling it. I don’t want to sell to indies, I want to sell to players.

Last but not least I’ve considered changing my company name to something else, but coming up with new name and filling papers feels like work. Mentally this “relaunch” might be good, so might do that. Dunno yet.

Oh, and I do have a plan about game project too
It’s really simple:

  • Make game and watch it selling tooons of amount of copies

More on that and other things at some point.

It’s so interesting: so far I’ve done nothing new but just got rid of old clutter. I already feel much more energetic on getting stuff done. Feels good.

Dear Santa, please make people stop bitching in year 2011

On my last week’s Xmas trip I read a story about one African villagers. There women spend few hours each day carrying water from some well to their village. They worked like 16 hours a day, and then slept.

Let’s stop right there.

Each day.

Water.

From far away well.

The trip alone took few hours.

I hear people bitching and whining how some web page takes 1 second to load instead of 0,5 seconds. I hear people whining how some user interface is crap since the button is not located in logical place (I do this quite a bit on my own). I hear people whining that there’s too cold outdoors.

Would be nice to put things into perspective for a while.

And stop bitching about small things.

(Villagers were more than happy after they finished constructing a pipes system that brought water several kilometers right to their village. So, a happy end there though.)

New breed of customers

I just bought 2 games. Creed Corp (PC) and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (PS3).

When I was a kid, I bought games based on careful thinking and consideration. And then we (me and my brother) played the games over and over. We spend tons of time playing the game.

I’m quite certain that I won’t play Creed Crop much, but there’s other reasons why I bought the game:

  • I read about the gameplay mechanism and want to see how it works in action. Maybe I learn a bit of new game design or get some ideas.
  • I wanted to support the developers a bit.

Then Undead Nightmare:

  • Again I read good things about this and while I already own GTA 4, I want to see how they are doing the Sandbox type of playmode in this game. Heard that the game is pretty good at giving surprises. (And zombies are always an added bonus, right).
  • I honestly doubt I will have much time to play that game.

Time is my most precious asset, and I do think it’s beneficial to try different games, but I hardly buy games for the sake of “getting to play”.

I have 10 or 20 games I’ve bought and haven’t touched yet. Sure, found these from virtual bargain bin (xmas sales and others). I probably won’t touch those games to be honest.

Weird how the world changes. I thought people purchased games to play them, but nowadays people just purchase them.

I guess that’s good news for the industry.

Deleting Programs: Email, Twitter…

One thing, I’ve been really focusing is getting rid of stuff, and here’s a short list of things what I’ve removed my computer:

  • Tons of old emails (pardon me something important went there, but I just had too much stuff there – now it’s all “archived”). I’m also cleaning my inbox and arraging it differently. Most of the stuff I get goes right to the archive/trash pile from now on.
  • I’m also removing more email stuff, in fact, I’m checking out if I could remove email from my computer – and move it solely to gmail & use it only from iPod Touch (Maybe in some emergency case I could have it on computer too). (More on this below)
  • I removed Twitter access (Tweetdeck program) from my computer. It’s now only in my iPod Touch. My work computer cannot handle it anymore.
  • I’m still pondering if I should switch this blog to a new platform to help publishing, although WordPress has done an app which should be able handle many things. I check this out. I’m considering switching to tumblr.com – it seems to be easy platform to publish stuff.
  • I’m also thinking what I will do with the Insiders system. Answering emails about the service takes some extra time, and while it’s not so much about time, but also about focus. We have nice 100ish members community and place to discuss things & ask for help. I could just focus on “being member” instead of thinking of getting new members in.

Why remove email and twitter programs?
Email is very close to necessity, and twitter is good tool for various stuff (networking, keeping in touch with the industry etc.) but when these programs are on my main computer, they are also a distraction. It’s so easy to “check email” or “check twitter” in case “there’s something”. I’ve removed Tweetdeck and have it only on my ipod. Now checking if I can do the same for my email and see how it goes.

Since iPod touch isn’t fast to type, it also forces me to send short & to the point messages.

Dunno if this works, but the good thing about trying stuff is that you can always switch back.

It’s in my interest to minimize distractions/projects/stuff… to have even more room to focus.