Press Start Leadership Podcast

Mastering the Long Game: Persistence and Consistency in Video Game Development

November 13, 2023 Press Start Leadership Season 1 Episode 120
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Mastering the Long Game: Persistence and Consistency in Video Game Development
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Are you ready to challenge the myths of immediate success and explore the untold virtues of persistence and consistency in the demanding world of video game development? Strap in as we debunk the illusion of instant triumphs and shine a light on the true essence of enduring excellence. We delve into captivating narratives of unyielding creators, such as the developers of Among Us, who braved through obscurity and challenges with unwavering faith in their creation. We delve not only into the power of resilience, but also the art of delayed gratification that shapes the intricate world of game development.

As we journey deeper, we equip you with practical tips and strategies designed for both budding and seasoned developers. From setting long-term goals to celebrating minor victories and fostering a culture of lifelong learning, we tackle it all. We emphasize the significance of building a supportive network and maintaining a healthy balance between personal well-being and professional demands. In a realm filled with emotional roller coasters and financial risks, we remind you that it's not just about creating exceptional games, but also carving out your niche in the annals of gaming history. Join us as we unfold the secrets to mastering the long game in the dynamic universe of video game development.

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Speaker 1:

Hey there, press starters and welcome to the press start leadership podcast, the podcast about game changing leadership, teaching you how to get the most out of your product and development team and become the leader you were meant to be leadership coaching and training for the international game industry professional. Now let me introduce you to your host, the man, the myth, the legend, christopher Mifsud.

Speaker 2:

Hey there, press starters and welcome back to another awesome edition of the press start leadership podcast. In today's episode, we're exploring a crucial aspect, often overshadowed by the allure of instant success the power of persistence and consistency in crafting legendary games. Let's unravel why mastering the long game is essential in the world of video gaming, where shortcuts are merely an illusion. In our current era, where viral sensations and instant gratification often steal the spotlight, it's easy to overlook the timeless virtues of persistence and consistency. However, in the ever-evolving and demanding realm of video game development, these virtues are more than just beneficial they are essential. Contrary to the glamorous highlight reels that flood our social media feeds, the true path to achievement in game development is rarely a straightforward journey of uninterrupted successes. More often, it's a winding path filled with setbacks and valuable learnings, and a steadfast determination. Today, we're delving deep in the why. In the world of video games, there truly are no shortcuts to long lasting success. Let's talk about persistence. It's that unwavering commitment to a goal or vision, the kind of grit that keeps you moving forward when others might choose to step back. It's about embracing failure not as a dreaded outcome but as a stepping stone, a teacher that offers insights, refined strategies and builds resilience. Think about the creators of Among Us. Before their game skyrocketed to fame, they faced years of obscurity, refining and believing in their creation. And then there's the power of delayed gratification. Remember the Stanford Marshmallow test from the 60s? It showed us the link between delaying gratification and subsequent success. In the game industry, this is a daily reality where long development cycles test the patients and resolve the developers at every step. Moving on to consistency, the unsung hero, it's that disciplined regularity of actions, regardless of how motivated you feel. It's about showing up day after day, even when the initial excitement has faded. Consistency is foundational in habit formation and, for game developers, translates into daily efforts in coding, designing and testing, leading to mastery and eventual success. Author Darren Hardy talks about the compound effect, the principle of reaping significant rewards from a series of small, smart choices In game development. It's those consistent everyday efforts that cumulatively create a polished and successful game. Now let's address the elephant in the room the video game industry's demanding nature. Projects span years, requiring synchronized effort from large teams. That final 10% of game development, often as time consuming as the initial 90%, is all about polishing and refining, demanding the highest levels of persistence and consistency. The industry is also rapidly evolving, which means developers must continually adapt and upscale. Shortcuts here can render a developer or even a game obsolete in the blink of an eye. And in today's credit marketplace, standing out requires more than just a unique idea. It demands the persistence to perfect it and the consistency to mark it and update it effectively. But what does this mean to aspiring game developers and industry veterans? Here are some actionable strategies 1. Sit clear long term goals. Knowing your direction is crucial for staying motivated, especially during challenging times. 2. Celebrate small wins. Acknowledging milestones fuels the journey, any motivation and a sense of progress. 3. Embrace lifelong learning. The gaming landscape is always changing and staying ahead means dedicating time to continuous learning and skill building. 4. Build a support network. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, share learnings and provide diverse perspectives. The gaming industry is a realm of emotional roller coasters, financial risks and infamous crunch times. It's not just about the technical challenges, but also about managing emotional investments, maintaining persistence during tough times and balancing consistent effort with personal well-being. Leading a team in this industry goes beyond managing timelines and budgets. It's about embodying the values of persistence and consistency and inspiring the same in your team. It's setting the right expectations, fostering a culture of consistency and being the anchor during tumultuous times. The rewards, however, are manifold Building a legacy, experiencing immense personal growth and establishing industry credibility are just a few of the accolades waiting at the end of this long, arduous journey To wrap up. The path to success in the dynamic and competitive world of video gaming is paved with challenges, but it's these very challenges that craft masterpieces and legends. The stories we adore in the games we cherish are born from relentless persistence and unyielding consistency. As we conclude today's episode, let's remember whether you're an aspiring developer or a seasoned industry veteran, the core values of hard work, dedication and commitment remain timeless. By embracing persistence and consistency, You're not just crafting remarkable games, you're carving out your niche in the annals of gaming history. Thank you for joining me on today's journey into the heart of game development. Remember, the road might be tumultuous, but the destination, with its blend of achievement and fulfillment, is worth every hurdle. Until next time, keep pushing batteries, stay consistent and continue to press. Start on your journey to greatness. Alright, and that's this week's episode of Press Star Leadership Podcast. Thanks for listening and, as always, thanks for being awesome.