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I'm going to be stepping away from indie game dev for a while. I have two games that are half finished right now, I probably won't get them done. I'll try to knock them out in the next 30 days but most likely it's just not going to happen. It's been a blast, and a great experience. I've met so many kickass people, I have new friends now, a lot of new knowledge, and mostly fond memories. But things are changing and I just don't enjoy it anymore. The attitude of players seem more sour now than when I started, and I dunno if this is just me, or an actual change, but I don't even look forward to reading the player comments anymore. And I used to LIVE for that, even the bad comments. My last few games have flopped, my sponsors lost money on them, the players didn't like them, and honestly I didn't really even enjoy making the last couple because I knew the players wouldn't like them.
I'm not putting this on anyone besides myself, I just don't enjoy it anymore. And if I don't enjoy it, my products are going to be crap. I'll try to keep in touch when I can, and maybe I can set some time aside later in the year and do some more work. But I honestly just can't afford to do this anymore, both financially and inspiraitonally? If that is even a word.
I've had a new job offer, it isn't a job I like, but it is a job I can do. And it'll provide for me and my family in the future. But I won't be home anymore, I won't have time to be online, and I won't even be in the country (USA) half the time. So it isn't fair for me to claim I'll try to keep making games, when I know I won't be able to. I'd rather pleasantly surprise everyone than lie to them.
So thanks guys, and thanks NG, best online community I have EVER seen. So many great people. I can't even start to tell you guys how patient Tom and some of the staff here at NG has been with me. I came into this a few years ago, I didn't know how to do anything in flash at all, and I didn't know how to code. Tom answered every question I had when I know he had other shit to be doing. And Impendingriot spent hours getting me started on my own.
I'll still be around for a few weeks though, so I'll still be responding to emails and private messages and stuff until then. Thank you all so much, you've been great.