The CT#GameDev 2017 Survey ran for a couple weeks earlier this month, and the responses were encouraging!
For those unfamiliar, the survey was aimed at Connecticut programmers with the aim of gauging their interest in game development. Traditionally, Connecticut isn’t considered an ideal location for game development, compared to Boston or New York City. But that’s not to say there isn’t a pocket of interest existing in between those locations, as the survey suggests. (Spoilers.)
Let’s take a look at some of the results from nearly 40 respondents. I know that’s not a lot of people, but it’s a damned decent start compared to what I was expecting, considering that exposure to the survey was limited.
First, demographics: the majority of respondents were, unsurprisingly, males aged 18-29. Interestingly, however, the second largest age group was 30-45. (Hello, fellow old farts!) There wasn’t nearly as much female response as I’d hoped, but given the sample size, it’s hard to judge.
Seventy-five percent of respondents were interested in game development as a hobby… but a good chunk of those folks could be persuaded into doing it as a career. Interesting!
Most of you were interested in focusing on programming and game design, with interest in level design, writing, and 2D graphics also well-represented.
Everybody loves Unity! Hardly a surprise, there. 😉 Unity is a very friendly, powerful game engine with a massive community behind it. GameMaker was the second most popular choice. My experience with with it is limited, but it’s an indie game darling. 😉
There’s also a large group who aren’t yet familiar with any of these. Something to keep in mind.
Unfortunately, it seems nobody waited for Godot. 🙁
Windows and Android are the platforms you want your games on! While the allure of PC gaming is understandable, I’m a bit surprised to see iOS trailing behind Linux! (And I say that as an Android fanboy.) Though, it’s also interesting to see that much interest in Linux, too. Fine by me. 🙂
Most of you use Windows for programming. I actually expected to see MacOS have a slightly larger share, but that might come down to this particular sample group. Good news, though: regardless of platform, there’s plenty of great game dev opportunities available!
Unless you like Unity, which… most of us do. Then you’ll be less than pleased.
Virtual and Augmented Reality are becoming a big part of game development, and their future is becoming brighter as the technology becomes more refined, and prices begin to drop.
Among the respondents, there’s a strong interest in all of it, with desktop HMDs (e.g. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive) leading the pack.
Over half of you consider yourselves beginners! That’s awesome. Luckily this is a field of development that’s very friendly towards new people. Maybe those large intermediate/confident wedges will help lend a hand?
Not a big surprise here: most of you haven’t completed working on a game, or have a large backlog of uncompleted projects. That’s completely fair. Maybe we can turn that around? 🤔
An overwhelming majority of you have experience working with teams, with almost a quarter of you comfortable working remotely!
Almost a quarter of you are definitely interested in a regular local meetup, but MOST of you might be interested, depending on where it is, and other factors. Completely fair! I’d be interested in hearing where, among those interested, where the most ideal location in the state would be. My first guess would be somewhere in the middle of the state so everyone has the same amount of distance to travel. But someone might think I’m biased, since I’m in Middletown. Fair enough. A question for a future survey. 😉
Of course, having a regular online ‘hangout’ is the path of least resistance for those not also able to meet up in person. A Slack or IRC server seems a popular choice. A moderated forum and/or subreddit being just as likely. No reason they can’t all exist, of course.
Here it is: the big one. Almost everyone is interested in a small-scale, one-day CT gamedev conference!
The big take away here is that there’s definitely game development interest in Connecticut! Many of you are beginners, and want to learn. Happily, you’ll find that game dev is a very welcoming field.
Considering the interest shown here, I’ll continue my research into getting a one-day conference assembled. No promises that this will happen, but I’ll keep in contact with everyone who asked to be kept in the loop.
In the meantime… is anyone interested in doing a talk? 😉