Oddly enough, I get this question a lot. Many of the iOS developers I hang out with are in the game development business and iOS games in general are a hot commodity right now (about 40% of the App Store!).
Brief Game Dev History
I received my Bachelors degree from DigiPen Institute of Technology which is known as “Nintendo University” to most people. We were required to create one game project per year, eventually creating our “epic game” on the last year. The one I worked on was a side-scrolling collect-a-thon called Skip Lancer.
This being the case it should be a no-brainer that I’m making games for a living, right?
Anyone that has ever worked in a game studio will tell you it’s not easy work. The hours are demanding and game projects can be very unpredictable. I know some who have zero interest in games because of it and I didn’t want to be in that same place.
I like playing games and I liked creating games, but I didn’t want to get burnt out in the process. Apps are less complicated in that respect.
Games By Night?
Thanks to the mobile application space, simple games are making a comeback. People are making very profitable titles with only 1-2 people on a project and this isn’t going to change anytime soon.
As someone with a game development bug within me I feel like I should give it another go. That being said, I’m in the workings of some prototypes of what could be considered a game. Details are still fuzzy, but I’ll announce any news here first.
What do you think of the state of the industry? Is games the way to go or should you stick to app development? Have you have similar experiences with this? Leave your comments or questions is the section below.