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Battling Burnout: The Side Project Ritual


You're home for the weekend after a long week of game development, and you feel it coming on: the burnout. Too much work, too little time, too much tension... You've set aside a couple hours for rest and relaxation. Why on earth would you spend that time on a side project--more game development!? This quick-moving, focused lecture steps through the many benefits of creative rituals, especially around side projects. Yes, you can build skills or even kickstart your indie career, but more important, side projects can be refreshing, rebooting, and restorative. Even if you whittle away at your side project for years--even if you never release it--the act of ritual creation is part of the evergreen path to both confidence and healing. Join me to discover how the ritual of solo game development can be a part of your own restorative process, and help you win the battle against burnout.

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