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The Doom creator says if you want to start making games, there is no better time to start doing it than right now.
"Lots of people want to make indie games, and they are usually waiting for permission to do it," he told the GDC audience during his "Back To The Garage: The Return of Indie Development" discussion panel with Tim Sweeney (Gears of War), Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia), Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft), and Adam Saltsman (Canabalt). Some people are waiting to get a degree, and others are waiting for a job offer, but Romero says the best way to go about making it your career is to jump in head first. "All the information is right there. Just find some people and make a game."
Romero, who is best known for his work with id Software, is currently making social games for Loot Drop alongside former id colleague Tom Hall and Brenda Brathwaite.
During the enlightening talk, which covered topics like finding funding, building relationships with the press, good development platforms for beginners, and the empowerment of digital distribution, moderator Jane Pinckard also brought up the touchy subject of idea theft. Epic Games' Tim Sweeney admitted that even his company openly discussed this possibility when entertaining the thought of moving into the mobile space, and ultimately they decided that Epic needed to leverage their studio's considerable artistic talent to build more complex games so companies like Zynga couldn't rapidly clone their work. If your team isn't big enough to do that, he suggested putting as much work into doing PR for your game as you do making it to take ownership of the idea publicly.
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Im glad we get feedback from people like this. Big shots that come down to their indie beggings realy is motivating.
I'm just in the mood to read this :D
Its stories and discussions like this from people who have started small and mad it big that motivates and empowers aspiring creators.
My friend and I have been working on a game. Hoping to get it done before Summer.
Now about that "finding funding" thing, anybody know where I can look up that part of the discussion. Would be a big help to me!
I'll make the next Daikatana!!!
Thanks for supporting my cause. I'm currently working on an indie project with three of my friends.
glad to hear that the big time is pulling for small time developers
No, what are you waiting for?
Hahah I can't help but laugh at the guy's picture. He looks like the singer from the Foo Fighters band. But anyway the article is really cool.