One of the most difficult aspects of ANY artistic pursuit is how to keep motivated to move on. I had a conversation a while ago with a friend who wanted to start his own game project. He gave me a whole list of really good ideas-but one stuck out to me. It could actually ‘feel’ the passion he had in the idea just from the writing alone. Unsurprisingly, this was the idea that he felt most passionate about-but was concerned that it wasnt ‘commercial’ enough.
At the end of the day, it comes down to this: A COMPLETED PROJECT, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, IS MORE COMMERCIAL THAN AN INCOMPLETE PROJECT.
Trust me on this, if you are looking at moving forward with something-it had better be something you love! STASIS, if you break it down, really shouldn’t do well. In a game genre where Casual Games have taken over with Hidden Object games, and where the most popular games are Comedic. A Sci-Fi Horror with an Isometric POV really goes against the grain. BUT its a genre which I love. Its an art style that I love. Everything in the game contains strains and elements of things that I am passionate about. Even the names in the story hold some kind of significance to me. Its because of this that I can load it up, week after week, play through it, and still feel INSPIRED to move forward with it!
HAVE A WALL OF NERD!
Immerse yourself in your project. I have, in my office, my ‘Wall Of Nerd’. I buy toys, books, comics….anything that sets off a spark in my imagination. I CONSTANTLY watch DVD’s, read comics, and novels. I have a fairly large collection of ‘ART OF books, for everything from King Kong to Iron Man. Hell, I have a 1:1 Deadspace Plasma Cutter!
INSPIRATION IS PRICELESS.
When you get that artistic block (and it will happen), you need to have things around you that remind you why you started doing what you started!