Indie Dev Releases Game After Documenting Its Development Every Week For Three Years

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“I’m actually hoping to finish it in the next few months, so probably around April, May... and then I will hopefully be able to release it in the summer, around June or July,” said Karl Wimble in a video about his game, Equilinox, on February 19, 2016. The game came out on November 23, 2018, and if that’s not game development in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.

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What’s fascinating about Equilinox is that for the past three years, Wimble has been documenting his development progress on YouTube. Every week he’d dive into granular details ranging from 3D model loading to mipmapping, and although the videos can feel a bit dry, they make for an incredibly deep overview at what it’s like to make a game.

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It’s easy to mistake his videos as “dry”, when the correct word should be “calm”. I subscribed to his channel over a year ago, and the reason I looked forward to his weekly entries was the videos were super chill.

The allure of the videos is not only the detailed development description, but the portrait of the developer’s work/life balance. His strolls at the park and healthy cooking are as fascinating as watching the game’s evolution from almost scratch.