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Why Newgrounds? JimGiant interview

Today’s featured Why Newgrounds? creator is JimGiant!

 

What do you create? Art, cartoons, music, games, etc?
Games, crap art, experimental things.

What inspires you to create?
I’ve always been fascinated by the way the universe works and being able to break things down in to mathematics. Since I’m a gamer it seems only natural that I’d use this interest to create games. I also spend a lot of time when playing games thinking “wouldn’t it be cool if there was this feature” or “why do game devs never do this?” so rather than just bitching on the internet I plan on making things happen.

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How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you work in short bursts of inspiration or do you have a daily routine?
I really struggled with motivation before joining NG. I’d start a project full guns blazing but then lose enthusiasm and move on to a new project. The feedback on NG has been incredible and bar a few trolls (and their sock accounts) has been overwhelmingly positive and constructive. Knowing people are looking forward to your updates really helps keep the enthusiasm up and their feedback helps you find your direction. I’m still very easily sidetracked but I get a good few hours of productive stuff done each day.

What do you do when you hit a creative block?
If I’m really stuck on which direction to take something I’ll work on something else and come back to it later. I can always find something to do.

How do you deal with trolls online and in real life?
Depends on my mood. I’ve got thick skin so I’m never bothered, sometimes I like to find creative ways to deal with them but most of the time I have more important things to be worrying about.

Have you ever created something you thought turned out pretty bad but then when you posted it online everyone else liked it more than your favorite creations? Why do you think that happens?
Yes with flying snake. It started with a simple “what if snake had 3D movement?” I thought it was just going to the sort of thing people played for 5 minutes and gave some mild praise for being an interesting concept but some people are more interested in the game’s development than I am.


Creators are always going to be most invested in their deepest most complex creations but something simple but well polished is generally going to be far better at grabbing the public’s attention, it’s just a fact of human nature and as much as I’d like to think I’m above it I know this applies to me as well.

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Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
Yes and to some extent I think it should but it doesn’t mean scrap everything. Critics are very good at informing you that there is a problem you need to address but they aren’t necessarily the best at coming up with solutions. Maybe you need to communicate your idea better, maybe it needs re-balancing or maybe you’re just marketing to the wrong people. It’s your job as a creator to make sure people get what you want them to out of your creation and if they don’t you need to come up with a solution.

What is the best advice you ever received?
On NG? Get the leaderboards and badges working! It’s a real pain in the ass first time you do it especially if you use Unity but it adds a surprising amount to the player experience. I think it’s really important to keep your first project simple too.

What do you do when you’re not creating or posting on Newgrounds? Do you have a job? Are you a student?
I love learning and improving skills. My main passions at the moment are swords and lifting. When I’m not working on my strength or fighting with swords I’m coaching, researching or talking about swords or fitness. When I’m more experienced I plan on combining these interests with game development.

What does the internet mean to you?
The internet is a magical place where I can find people as crazy as I am. I hope it stays this way.

Why Newgrounds?
I’ve played games on NG since the 90s but only recently created an account. I used Kong for a while but NG feels more fun, more expressive and less corporate.

What is your favorite accomplishment? Post a link if it’s available online!
Probably finding a woman crazy enough to put up with me for 5 years.

Do you enjoy sharing your work with others or do you prefer to go unnoticed? Why?
Depends what it is. I do a lot for my own personal amusement but if I post something online why wouldn’t I want it noticed?

What do you wish to accomplish with your art? Is it a hobby or do you plan on making it a career?
It’s early days but I’d like to be self employed eventually. If I could have a team of 5-10 people that would be amazing.

Do you ever feel that you have to censor your creativity because you don’t want to offend anyone?
I express what I want to express, I’d probably be more popular if I didn’t but for me that’s no way to live. I used to get really caught up in giving long disclaimers so people don’t take what say the wrong way but even if you do people will go out of their way to strawman you anyway.

Do you have your own “style” or do you just make whatever feels right at the time?
Do you have your own “style” or do you just make whatever feels right at the time?
I do what feels right. I like to experiment and I’d get board if I was doing the same thing all the time.

Do you believe it’s important to get good reviews and have lots of followers or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work?
It’s a mix of both. I try really hard to improve my work based on feedback but I’ll never create something I’m not personally passionate about.

Do you ever find yourself limited by the materials that you have available?
Hell yes! I’m currently using an old second hand laptop with a 720p screen and I spend half my time waiting for it to do what I tell it to! I’ve learned a LOT about optimization as a result though so when I get a decent computer I should be able to get a lot more out of it

What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Start simple and make sure you finish. There are dozens of tutorials available for free, use them. Try to solve problems for yourself but if you’re really stuck don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t expect your first project to be perfect and don’t take criticism too personally but try to take something productive from it, by getting something out there you’re already ahead of 90% of the population.

Where can we find out more about your work? Post links to your Newgrounds page, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, website, or anywhere else we can find you on the web!

You can find some stuff here:
https://vid.me/JimGiant

 

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