I took a lot of time out yesterday to look around Google Play and various indie sites to see what other people like me are up to. I get intense feelings looking at indie games, trailers, blogs, and reviews. I'm looking toward where I want to be about a year from now. An inspirational story, a game enjoyed by thousands, and enough money to comfortably make another title.
I've been doing this kind of thing since 10th grade. even earlier if you count the days when I followed Smash Bros Dojo before Brawl came out. I always wished more developers did things like they did, releasing new info every day just so you know they're still making stuff. It's why I update this blog every day. I love reading other development blogs and looking at video updates.
I look at fan projects because they seem a lot closer to the things I'm capable of. Games like that are what inspire me the most because they feel so possible. It's like all I have to do is get off my but and get to work in order to make something just as awesome.They make me wish I knew people at school who worked hard on projects like those. I often feel alone, like I'm fighting a battle nobody wants to take on. I have no team, rival, or track record to keep me going yet. I just have to keep my fiery passion going myself.
Then something like this gets released and my fire gets renewed. I look at another fan project that inspired me and I find out the devs game up on it due to job offers it brought them. These are the same games that made me want to start yotesgames.com in the first place. A site to visit to watch a wannabe grow into a full-fledged developer making awesome games you'd kill to play.
I'm looking toward these things and finding ways to improve myself. I'm in a situation where I'm working around the clock to battle doubt, finance, development issues, pointless schoolwork, and ever-diminishing time. Seeing indies doing what they love and getting rewarded reminds me why I'm battling these things. I love video games and I want to make them.