Why Game Developers Fail

Secret in Plain Sight

“Every strike leads me to my next home run” – Babe Ruth

When looking at the game development industry as a whole, it is quite apparent that there is a hierarchy to the participants of the field (as in any other outlet of human creativity). At the top of this hierarchy is prosperity and success, and to a ludicrously high degree. Most displayed games that are readily accessible and receive the most fame are the figureheads of the industry. However, way more abundant than rampant success, is failure.


Failure, as with most other industries, is the most prominent singular thing in game developmentAt first glance, it may seem that making a fun game that appeases an audience and that is objectively respectable is not too hard to do. After all, there are so many minimalist games (such as Lit) with underwhelming graphics and minimal design that are considered legitimately viable games in the app store. This seems easy enough. However, after meticulously considering all of the parameters surrounding the audience’s reception of a game, tasks once deemed simple add up to a full-on project that is more time-consuming than aforesaid beginner can plan for. From bug-testing to promotion, and graphics that blend with gameplay mechanics that actually work and make sense, a good game is not an easy thing to create.

Failure, as with most other industries, is the most prominent singular thing in game development

Contrary to popular opinion, as a lesser-known developer, there is no sure-fire way to pump out a successful game and accurately predict the audience’s exact opinion. Therefore, failure then, is not a probability, but imminent in order to reach success. There will be certain failure in all nooks and crannies of the mobile game market. With that being said, instead of avoiding failure, it should be embraced by any aspiring developer or professional alike. Looking at failures objectively, and how those failures were constructed and presented, insures concrete progress towards your goals.

failure then, is not a probability, but imminent… 

Pits and Boxes Game by 3 Monarchs

The more failures one endures with consistent optimism, the higher chance of success later on.

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