You’re Not Special, Neither am I

Luke Dicken
@LukeD
Who am I?
Writer
Lecturer
Game
Developer

Community
Advocate

Research
I’m Not Special
How Did I Get Here?
Choices
Commitment
Tools to Help
Social Networks
Blogs
Events
Community
Play Games!
Make Games!
I Haven’t Got it All Figured Out
I’m Terrified
!

Anyone saying they aren’t is lying
…or a sociopath
I’m Not Alone
“I'm afraid of not being smart or
savvy enough to keep up with
the geniuses that I adore in the
industry!”
Linn Søvig
Spil...
“I’m most afraid of becoming
obsolete if I don’t keep my skills
up to date. It’s a struggle to
keep moving forward when yo...
“I’ll show up at work and the
doors are closed, the locks have
been changed and the project I
am working on has been
cance...
“I’m scared that if I didn’t do
what I do every day, no one
would notice and the world
would be no better off.”
Thomas Wel...
“Realizing my skills were just
luck and mediocrity all along.”
Jurie Horneman
Freelance Designer/Producer
“I'm most scared of people
hating my work.”
Andrew Smith
MD, Spilt Milk Studios
“Even though I've been doing
what I do since 2001, I still fear
that I am just talking out of my
ass.”
Tristin Hightower
O...
Are You Scared?
You Are Not Special
You Are Not Alone
It’s OK to be scared
It’s OK to not know what you are
doing
!

It’s not OK to let it stop you.
Get in touch

•Email - luke@igda.org
•Twitter - @LukeD
•Web - http://lukedicken.com/
Useful Resources
• Darius Kazemi’s “Effective Networking in the
Game Industry”

• http://tinysubversions.com/effective-net...
Useful Resources

• IGDA Scotland

• http://igdascotland.org
• info@igdascotland.org

• Global Game Jam

• http://globalga...
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Around three years ago I took my first steps into the games industry. Now I'm reasonably well known, recognised as an expert in my area and get to present at conferences around the world. The things that have helped me achieve that though aren't all that hard, and in this talk I discuss some of the tools I've used to become who I am, as well as talking a lot about my own insecurities and those that many other developers were able to share with me.

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You're Not Special, Neither am I

  1. 1. You’re Not Special, Neither am I Luke Dicken @LukeD
  2. 2. Who am I? Writer Lecturer Game Developer Community Advocate Research
  3. 3. I’m Not Special
  4. 4. How Did I Get Here?
  5. 5. Choices
  6. 6. Commitment
  7. 7. Tools to Help
  8. 8. Social Networks
  9. 9. Blogs
  10. 10. Events
  11. 11. Community
  12. 12. Play Games!
  13. 13. Make Games!
  14. 14. I Haven’t Got it All Figured Out
  15. 15. I’m Terrified ! Anyone saying they aren’t is lying …or a sociopath
  16. 16. I’m Not Alone
  17. 17. “I'm afraid of not being smart or savvy enough to keep up with the geniuses that I adore in the industry!” Linn Søvig Spillmakerlauget (Norwegian Game Developers Guild)
  18. 18. “I’m most afraid of becoming obsolete if I don’t keep my skills up to date. It’s a struggle to keep moving forward when you have to run just to stand still.” Kaye Elling Lecturer, University of Bradford
  19. 19. “I’ll show up at work and the doors are closed, the locks have been changed and the project I am working on has been cancelled.” Andy Schmoll Games System Designer Arkane Studios
  20. 20. “I’m scared that if I didn’t do what I do every day, no one would notice and the world would be no better off.” Thomas Welsh Editor, CalmDownTom
  21. 21. “Realizing my skills were just luck and mediocrity all along.” Jurie Horneman Freelance Designer/Producer
  22. 22. “I'm most scared of people hating my work.” Andrew Smith MD, Spilt Milk Studios
  23. 23. “Even though I've been doing what I do since 2001, I still fear that I am just talking out of my ass.” Tristin Hightower Operations Manager, IGDA
  24. 24. Are You Scared?
  25. 25. You Are Not Special
  26. 26. You Are Not Alone
  27. 27. It’s OK to be scared It’s OK to not know what you are doing ! It’s not OK to let it stop you.
  28. 28. Get in touch •Email - luke@igda.org •Twitter - @LukeD •Web - http://lukedicken.com/
  29. 29. Useful Resources • Darius Kazemi’s “Effective Networking in the Game Industry” • http://tinysubversions.com/effective-networking/ • Find a mentor • http://gamementoronline.org • Watch free lectures • http://gdcvault.com
  30. 30. Useful Resources • IGDA Scotland • http://igdascotland.org • info@igdascotland.org • Global Game Jam • http://globalgamejam.org • IGDA Scholarships • http://igda.org/scholars/
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