Anyone else struggle with the idea of needing to do everything yourself?
By - jaidynedwards
I'm typically doing this because I find those problems interesting to solve, and sometimes hard to google. But, yeah, sometimes it even doesn't come to mind that someone should've already faced this, and it can take you down a rabbit hole. Probably best to try on your own for some limited amount of time (half a day?), then spend an equal amount of time searching for an existing solution.
I totally agree with this and I think has started to become the mode of operation for those doffuot problems. Totally right with the googling aswell. Was trying to work out how to do puddles and found blood tutorials did the job!
This is a decent enough learning method. You get exposure to ideas and your problem solving while having an answer available to you.
The real problem becomes when you're trying to implement something new that hasn't been done before. Better to iron out the kinks by struggling now and learning how afterwards than chopping parts off your project because you can't figure out how to do it.
The something new that hasn't been done before it an interesting one! Sometimes I feel like a pioneer and sometimes I feel like there's a reason it hasn't been done. Play testing by friends helps decide that outcome.
Yeah trying to google help for a problem that hasn't been dealt with is a fun challenge.
Even trying to come up with an example of something new has me just taking two or three concepts from other games and mashing them together. Which would still be easier than something completely new entirely :P.
I think you get a lot more out of looking up a solution if you put in a decent amount of effort beforehand when it comes to programming problems. It reveals things you haven't thought of and shows you different perspectives. You can also then decide what you personally like and dislike. Speeds up learning a lot in my opinion.
I think you will eventual gain enough tools in you head to not be intimidated by new and unique problems as you gain more experience. But that's just my guess, I'm still learning myself.
I think that's a pretty good guess! The journey to solve the problem I guess can be more than solving the problem itself!
I struggle with the reality of it
How do you expect yourself to already know stuff without looking it up?
I think it's a self placed expectation coming from robotics and website design. I expect myself to be at a certain level because in my kind the fields are closely related? But I think convincing myself that whilst they have things in common, game design it's a whole seperate beast.
Even in a field you’re already in though, there’s no shame in always learning, or even relearning. I would never want a doctor who is too proud to look stuff up. I care more about a great final product (a good game (for a game designer) or not dying (for a doctor)) than about how it was achieved
Sometimes I just have to ask the community for better ideas and a lot of times i find the help i need from followers and other peeps on Reddit