I'm a solo developer developing games as a hobby!
Let me tell you my story.
It all started when I wanted to learn 2D animation back in 2005. I started with Pivot, and eventually discovered that a tool called Game Maker has sprite editors that can also make animations. I began tinkering with the sprite editor for its animation capabilities... then it hit me: what if I started exploring the other functions instead? Slowly but gradually, I have stepped into the magical domain of making games. Since then, I have experimented, grew, prototyped many PC games and released a couple of those on YoYoGames. However, after YoYoGames stopped hosting indie games I was left without any platform to share my creations...
And so I felt extremely demotivated. Why make games when I couldn't share it?
It was until my brother who offered me a very sound advice: "Make games because you like the process of making it." This resonated with me very well and instantly made me realize what a silly mindset I had before. The advice is absolutely true; otherwise, what's a hobby without intrinsic enjoyment?
After four years of not making any games due to commitment to other daily affairs, I finally went back into development with a fresh mind, and a fresh perspective. I've played so many games on my console for relaxation in these four years, and have learned quite a few tricks on what pushes my buttons. These tiny ideas were planted in my mind... and they began to grow as I materialize them with my rekindled passion. It was satisfying to be in the state of flow while making something tangible. On one of the days to come in the future, I can now look back at it myself and feel affirmed with my achievements, no matter how the games would turn out to be.
Now, I met itch.io. I never knew there were so many indie games hosted here. It's as if I stumbled upon a familiar community again. I am excited. I hope to share more creations with the community and also learn what the community has shared!
Let's make games!