Hello World! I am Sean the Bomb (or just Sean), and I’m a game developer! What makes me a game developer? Well, I have a bachelor’s degree in Game Development and work a full-time job creating serious games for enterprise solutions. However, I’m not sure any of these things make me a game developer. I am a game developer simply because I choose to be one. For a large majority of my life, I have volunteered my time and focused on understanding how games work, why people like them, and how they impact the world.
When I was young, video games and entertainment had a significant impact on my growth. Their stories taught me morals, their challenges taught me skills, and their activities gave me friends! Gaining so much joy and pleasure from the hard work people spent to build these games, I only found it fair for me to return the favor to the next generations to come. However, I have another mission beneath this one. Knowing how much these games impacted me, I found it essential to ensure that the games I created had positive, if not tremendous, impacts on those who played them.
In this pursuit of passion, I’ve found that the secrets hidden within games are a source of knowledge and power far more profound than any of us can comprehend. The games industry covers a wide variety of disciplines such as computer science, color theory, music theory, choreography, education, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, ethics, health, and fitness! Like gravity, our games impact these topics whether we realize it or not, which gives them great power. But, like Uncle Ben (and Stan Lee!) said, with great power comes great responsibility!
To achieve the quality of games that I aspire to build, I must obtain at least some knowledge and insight across all disciplines. Using that knowledge as a constraint or guide in the game development process will be essential. In my experience, the best way to learn is to teach, and so my hope is to compact my learnings into lessons that I can share with the world!
Which leaves the final question, why am I writing a blog? I believe that a critical principle to teaching is consent. It doesn’t matter how good the lesson is; no one will learn anything they don’t want to know. Today, most social platforms encourage you to stand on a soapbox and “tweet” out your beliefs. Instead, I’ve chosen not to let this journey be bogged down by trying to argue my point or convince people who disagree with me. Instead, my teaching will be available for those curious or interested in what I have to say. That being said, please understand that this blog is only my insights and opinions that I document on my journey. They are not to be taken as research, fact, or law. They are meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
Otherwise, thank you for taking the time to read my articles. I hope you enjoy what I have to say! If you’re interested in learning more about the games that I make, such as Vertical Shift, be sure to check out Games by Sean!