It’s the best time in the world to start an independent game development studio. Journalists, publishers, and gamers are all receptive to the experiences you create; there are programmers, artists, musicians, and storytellers who want to join you; and tools that previously cost millions are now freeeeee! Here’s one datum point on how to get started, avoid pitfalls, and create great games.
Ichiro Lambe is Founder and President of Dejobaan Games, LLC, an independent Boston-area game development studio. He has worked in the industry since 1993, co-founding Worlds Apart Productions (later Sony Online Entertainment Denver) in 1995 and Dejobaan Games (still Dejobaan Games) in 1999. Since Dejobaan’s founding, he’s led development on the studio’s 16 titles, including the award-winning “AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity” and the now-in-progress “Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby” (no babies harmed), “Monster Loves You!” (it doesn’t), and “Drunken Robot Pornography” (the cleanest game on the Internet).