Valve Software executive and digital gaming insider Doug Lombardi joined the SMU Guildhall for a spirited talk on growing opportunities for independent game designers and what it takes to get a game ready for the marketplace. The event was broadcast live on Twitch.
During his talk, “Ship Something: The Steam Greenlight Process,” Lombardi shared his wisdom on both gaming and life:
On taking pride in process: “Even if you’re not charging for content, it represents you. When you ship something, you learn something.”
On setting aside egos when dealing with disagreement: “If the product wins, everyone wins.”
On making important decisions, whether about a project or your life: “Step back, take a time out. This isn’t basketball. You get more than five per half.”
On taking risks: “You’re more free now than you ever will be…. Now is your time to take risks…to learn what doesn’t work.”
On making the most of your education: “Be a sponge for info from your professors and colleagues. Someday, their advice could be the best you’ve ever heard.”
— Kathleen Tibbetts