TV I love ya, but don't listen to him on this. I'm with Nocturne, get a job.
If you're living with your parents then I say go for it 100%, you really have nothing to lose. But if you are living on your own, you had better have AT LEAST 6 months of bills covered plus multiple games already completed or damn well near completed with sponsors/investors horny to get a demo from you. When I started freelancing I had just come back from a deployment, so I had a full years worth of cushioning behind me.
TV's success is effin awesome, in fact he inspires me. However, he hasn't experienced pulling two jobs, getting your car repossessed, etc on top of that squeezing in every last nanosecond second you can to dev. This is the reality of trying to freelance on your own.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that my passion, my absolute effin passion that I would OMFG literally die foraskdljhlkdsjhf, is my project. I thought like TV did that I would be able to just go at it. I dropped out of school, quit my job, and went into it full time (there's a post on the GMC somewhere actually). I almost became homeless, but only because I refused to move back in with my parents.
TV got lucky. He's fortunate to have the psychological cushion that if he fails he won't be on the streets. He was in the right place at the right time where HTML5 and mobile apps are an easy market. He is able to, through sheer will and hard work, make luck work for him. But that isn't the reality for everyone. Most people on the GMC would quite their day job and dev full time if they could - not everyone can.
I love him, but for him to say "Why get a job when you could earn a living with GM?" makes me angry because I literally went through hell to get to where I am today. I'm still grinding out 9-5 while I work on my project. I get 5.5 hours of sleep, and during lunch break I code on the site. Sure I love web development as well, but Game Dev is where it's at, baby. And yet, I couldn't be fu---- happier with my life right now. Spending a few hours on my project brings me more joy than anything I could think of.
“I had the luck of getting turned down by Harvard, which meant I got to study under Ben Graham at Columbia, which changed my life. All kinds of things have worked out. So I just hope I stay lucky. I’ve been lucky for 80 years.”
- Warren Buffet
PS - I still <3 you TV[EDIT]
By the way Nocturne, awesome links! Someone should start a post with links like that - they are pretty hard to find.
Edited by OMGCarlos, 22 July 2012 - 11:51 PM.