Does Game Develop Make you feel isolated

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At the start of last year I discovered I liked making games especially in RPG Maker. I felt like a missing puzzle piece finally fit into place. However, whenever I talk games with others it usually goes over their head. I tried playing other people's games as a way to form a conversation with them about their game and game development in general. However, it usually ends with them not responding or its a closed ended comment I usually can't find a response to.Has anyone else felt this way while they started developing games?
 

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As far as I have noticed, in the real world (away from the computer) game development isn't the easiest thing to talk about. It's not because the people I know aren't interested, it's just because they usually don't have the slightest clue what I'm talking about. :p Discussing certain plot points and some of the characters? That's something they can understand and gets their interest. But if I bring up what they don't understand (editing tilesets, making maps, formulas, percentages) they get confused by those things. It's not that they're not interested, it's that they don't know what to say, or don't completely understand what's being brought up.

I haven't really tried to talk to anyone about the games they've made in detail, though. I've played a good number of RM games that I've liked over the years and I'll let the developers know what parts of their games I've enjoyed; just basic commentary. I've just never really tried to engage them in in-depth conversation though, just because I kind of look at other developers' games as being their "trade secrets," so to speak; so I never really tried to discuss the finer aspects of game development with them.

Sorry I couldn't be more help than that!
 

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I've never felt isolated in this community.

In fact, all my DMs to game developers, even to the ones making really cool games that I'm curious about how they did it, have responded. All with the exception of one, who is a youtube lets player and didn't get back to me (which I found very odd). All in all, I think this community is quite good at being open to trading ideas--I mean, that's the whole reason for this forum, after all. It's cultivating those relationships and helping them to grow which will make them more meaningful.

It also helps that I've hired quite a number of artists on this forum and they've been on my team for a year plus. So just naturally from that you build a relationship. I pretty sure they hate me though as I tell them very little about the game haha!
 

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I know what you're talking about.
All of my friends are either game developers or artists.
Game development is not an easy topic to talk about...
Speaking from my own experience: when I get overrexcited and try to explain another cool game concept to somebody who is not into game development... well... they always get irritated with it.
Yet, I think that RM Web is a great place to find friends among game developers.
As for me - I have met some great people here and I value them.

I know what do you mean by saying "isolated".
I hope that you will soon find someone to talk to!
If not...well, my PM is open - I will gladly disscuss anything:kaohi:
 
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Well, you have to find the right person to discuss this stuff.
There probably some other devs who will talk with you about this stuff, but there also will be some who only care about their own game.
Just try again until you find someone.^^
 

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Even though my friend doesn't do game development, he's always easy to talk with about it. I ask him what he thinks of the things I made and what kind of ideas he's got etc. It's pretty fun.
 

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I have programmer friends so I can talk about rm dev work with them. they like to rag on me about using rm as an rdk but it's all in good fun
 

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@Endellion My sister described "game development talk" as a different language. I understand that though after I was told that a few times. I might try the plot point and character thing next time my games is brought in real life.
@Lornsteyn That's true, its like finding what hobby or activity speaks to you. It's not easy to find but you will be glad when you do find it.
@rue669 I should try to embrace this community, I know from experience the people are nice.
@melancholy-sama That's cool you found some game developer and/or artist friends. I happen to be a fusion of the two but, I am still learning about game design everyday. I have been drawing as long as I could remember. I guess it was a outlet for me.
@Milennin Those types of friends are also really nice to have, because they are open to your ideas.
 

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At the start of last year I discovered I liked making games especially in RPG Maker. I felt like a missing puzzle piece finally fit into place. However, whenever I talk games with others it usually goes over their head.
This is true to any kind of nerds (like, you probably won't understand either if I start to talk about RM scripting despite it is still RM and probably game dev).

I find it easier to socialize with people if I can offer something to help them in any way. Nerds are isolated, however, if you can be helpful to others, you won't feel isolated as much. Share your knowledge. See your knowledge actually being used. Being isolated nerds aren't fun.
 

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