The Daily Grind – Staying Current
Wow, this industry. I don’t know that I can say it any more succinctly than that.
I am re-evaluating my morning grind in an effort to streamline my staying current. Falling behind is the sound of obsolescence. It is the speed by which you get left in the 1990’s. It is what deprives you of seeing that next amazing thing on the horizon. Falling behind also means that you fail to see the importance of your history, in terms of games, technology, trends and people, and likewise fail to recognize their tremendous value to you today. I do not understand people in this industry or in game education who fail to feel this anxiety about staying current.
So, several years ago, I developed a morning pattern in an effort to stay rigorously current. The percentile differential changes depending on where my interests lie. For instance, I had a bender on the possibility of the twitter gameplay space at the cost of my attention to other spaces. I went on a non-digital bender a couple years back at the expense of my Xbox 360 playing. Right now, I am on the Facebook bender to end all benders. Poor Civ Rev. It sits untouched, and it misses me.
In the last couple of years, though, my habits have greatly changed. I’ve gone from surfing on my laptop to scrolling on my iPhone. Much of my news comes pushed at me through twitter. I rely on the sites and journalists that I follow to push the critical stuff my way, and they largely do, all the really big stuff, anyway.
My revised grind involves:
- Watching new game trailers on GameTrailers.com
- Reading RSS feeds of industry news on Joystiq, Kotaku, Gamasutra, The Escapist, InsideSocialGames, GamesIndustry.biz and GamePolitics.
- Playing 1-10 new games a day, depending on the game’s depth
On a more meta-level, I also regularly engage with the significant design community on facebook, twitter and on various mailing lists on a daily basis.