This is a powerful and thought provoking post at The New Yorker by Simon Parkin
It deals with the adverse effect on emotions and psychology of an indie game developer following an overnight success. The latest occurrence of which was Flappy Birds being pulled by its creator Nguyen Ha Dong. The impact of that alone had phones with Flappy Birds installed being put up for sale for ridiculous amounts of money. Many still don’t understand his decision to pull the game and simply thought that no sane person would give up on the $50k per day it was pulling at the time he took it off the table(and possibly even more as time went on).
There are younger people making it into this select few and they are seldom equipped to be ready for the spotlight and the stress involved. What stress? Try the stress of following up a blockbuster hit with another. There’s a reason why music is full of “one hit wonders”, these artists sometimes succumb to the same emotional and psychological issues as Indie developers find themselves faced with. Of course the majority of games average $4k on the AppStore, but then there are the few that hit it big.
One night in March, 2013, Rami Ismail and his business partner Jan Willem released a game for mobile phones called Ridiculous Fishing. Ismail, who was twenty-four at the time and who lives in the Netherlands, woke the following morning to find that the game had made him tens of thousands of dollars overnight. His first reaction was not elation but guilt.
It is seldom an easy road for those who have released a game and hit the spotlight. In many cases it took months or years for an artist to develop his game and all of a sudden, after ramen meals and scraping to get by in a “crappy apartment” they find themselves surrounded, not only by riches, but by “ distant family members and old acquaintances from school” asking for financial help. “More money, more problems” rings true in these cases and no one is ever fully prepared to face it. It is easier for someone born into money to manage it than someone who never had any.
Parents and most older adults can understand what it takes to give advice to the younger generation. They are going down a road that they believe is a trail they are breaking and they do not understand, or even want to understand, that the road they are on has been traveled on before. they don’t understand how simple mistakes can impact the rest of their life, or even cut it short. Human beings are evolving and are continuously doing so.
Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. For example, nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years and clinical knowledge every 18 months. But on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months. According to IBM, the build out of the “internet of things” will lead to the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours
Our intelligence ‘doubling’ at such a rapid pace does not equate to emotional fortitude during the same span. Each generation has seen differences with how different situations are dealt with and they each have to process their inherent emotions accordingly. There is still the older generation out there to provide guidance and help the younger generation out, but they too have to adapt to how they handle the next generation and how they disseminate their knowledge.
The best advice is to be prepared for ALL contingencies and alsways have someone you have trusted throughout your life to give you honest advice.