How fast do you think you can make a thing? Can you make one in a month? How about a week? A weekend is challenging, but possible, right? We believe it’s possible to make something in only four hours. In the beginning, you may not complete a simple game. But you’ll find a way to make it simpler and eventually, you’ll have made a game! Then another, and another, and eventually you’ll be making decent games in four hours.
So you may be wondering, “Why would anyone try to make a thing in four hours? That seems like no time at all!”. You wouldn’t be wrong about that. Four hours is a breakneck pace for making anything. You could chose to make a game in a month and give it polish and care, but if you can make a game in four hours, then you could easily make a game once a week. If you can make a game once a week, you’ll be making a staggering 52 games a year! If you make that many games, some of them have to be good, right?
Sturgeon’s law is a law that states “90% of everything is crap”. This is a discouraging principle, especially when you’re just starting to make things. It means you have to make ten things before one of them even has a chance of being good. “Ten games is just too many games to make in any reasonable amount of time”, you might be thinking. “It’s too much work!”, you might say. Consider this. If you made one game a week for a year, then, following Sturgeon’s law, five of them will be good. If you’re lucky, one or two of them may even be great. Congratulations! You have a prototype of a really cool game which you can now expand on if you choose to.
If any of this sounds good to you, or if you’d like to give it a try, we welcome new participants!