informa
/
3 MIN READ
News

Blunder years: Game devs talk about their biggest mistakes

In an effort to prove that sometimes it's okay to mess up, veteran animator Dan Perry asked his fellow game makers to tweet about some of the most agonizing mistakes they've made over the years.

A famous so-and-so once said 'to err is human,' and they weren't wrong. We all make mistakes. It's how we learn and improve, but when the pressure's on it can be hard to rationalize our slip ups as anything other than the end of the world. 

In an effort to destroy that fallacy within the world of game dev and prove it's okay to mess up, veteran animator Dan Perry asked his fellow game makers to tweet about some of the most agonizing mistakes they've made over the years. 

Perry, who's worked at studios including Zenimax, Firaxis, and Volition, got the ball rolling by confessing some of his sins, including the time he crashed an entire test server on his first day by submitting a corrupt file. 

Plenty of others took up the call to arms, resulting in a thread that proves no matter how experienced you might be, that next blunder is probably right around the corner - and hey, that's absolutely fine! 

We've cherry picked some of our favorite anecdotes below, but the full thread is well worth a read if you're looking for an even bigger dose of positivity. 

 

Latest Jobs

Cryptic Studios

Remote
1.19.23
Senior Producer

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD, USA
1.30.23
Instructor/Assistant Professor, Game Art

Night School Studio

Los Angeles, CA, USA
1.09.23
Level Designer / Scripter, Games Studio
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Browse
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more