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What can video games teach us about content creation?

Alex Llull
Alex Llull
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In today’s issue, I compiled five things that we can learn from video games and apply to our journey as creators.
But why video games?
Reason 1: I’m a nerd.
Reason 2: I play a lot in my spare time, so I get a lot of ideas from how video games work.
Reason 3: I wanted an excuse to merge two of my passions together 😅
So, what can video games actually teach us about content creation?
#1 - You earn experience points(XP) by repeating a task
If you want to level up on Twitter, tweet.
If you want to level up on design, design.
If you want to level up on writing, write.
The only way to get better at something is to do it. For a long time.
#2 - Be aware of your action points (APs)
Many games require you to spend APs each time you do something. When you run out of APs, your character cannot do anything anymore.
It’s the same in real life. But this time, your action points are your time.
Be mindful of how you use them.
#3 - Items can get you unstuck
In video games, in-game items usually help the main player with the task at hand. You have those in real life too:
If you need to get wiser, read a book.
If you need to get clarity, go outside.
If you need to get creative, find a mushroom 🤣
#4 - Join a guild
In games, a guild is typically an in-game association of player characters.
As a creator, it’s key to find communities of other creators to level up, secure a support network and just make the whole “creator game” easier.
I found Twitter to be one of the best places to do that.
Find your tribe. Connect with them. And grow together.
#5 - You need to press start to start playing
Every game has a start screen where you need to press start to start playing.
Being a creator is the same. You can be on the sidelines (aka start screen) for a very long time if you don’t press start.
So press it. Trust me, the game will be worth it.
This is it for this week!
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Alex Llull
Thief Master
PS: For 2022, I want to keep experimenting with digital products (free and paid).
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