GDZ 003 : Level Up! Portfolios, Finishing, and Next Steps

Game Design Zen : Episode 003

How can you level up? Whether breaking in, or looking for the next opportunity, we pursue excellence through deliberate practice – building a portfolio of finished projects. Stand apart, improve, and level up.

  • The Hiring Perspective (02:30)
    • Joel on Software – Smart and Gets Things Done
  • Luck (05:30) – Lucky Luck and Prepared for Opportunity
  • Networking (06:50)
  • Portfolio (08:45)
    • Dropping the Gauntlet (12:15)
  • What Gets In Our Way (18:00)
    1. Perfection
    2. Sunk Cost Fallacy
    3. Loss Aversion
  • Art, Coding, and The Design Guy (23:45)
  • The Dream (26:25)
  • Zen Spot – College or Not? (28:25)

Game Design Zen is the intersection of game design, life, and the pursuit of excellence. It is the #1 resource for developers, artists, and designers including the art, science, and business of better games. Level up to zen.

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5 comments
RajatVijay
RajatVijay

After listening to this episode at work I was inspired to knock off early and make real progress on a small portfolio piece. 

Not__Sure
Not__Sure

Heh,  your wife sounds like my wife.

swyrazik
swyrazik

"JUST DO IT!"

It was nice hearing the story of how all of this started for you, even though I've read it before. You said this happened 4 years ago. Does this mean that you're close to retiring from making games? Have you already retired?

If all you ever wanted was to create your own games, and if you were successful on doing that (meaning you don't need to get another job for financial reasons), why would you abandon it?

bennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
bennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Just wanted to say I'm loving the podcast so far. After listening to this episode at work I was inspired to knock off early and make real progress on a small portfolio piece. 

gigiwoo
gigiwoo moderator

@bennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Podcasting is unlike anything I've done before. It feels like a conversation, and at the same time, I can't see anybody. Your kind words inspired me - I'm truly grateful.