When choosing a videogame project to take on it’s important to consider what your main purpose is in doing it.
Most projects that people see and play are from the first two categories: professional or recreational. There’s a third purpose for projects – transformative – which despite not getting nearly as much attention from customers or peers are often a much better place for new developers to start.
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Granted, sometimes there’s overlap. A recreational project may have professional potential. No matter what projects you’re working on, you’re of course always learning, or at least improving at, something related to game making. Nevertheless there’s still generally a main purpose when first going into it. If and when the game’s purpose changes, the priorities and approach are likely to change, too.
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