Moon Mining: My Bedroom Studio/Developer Space
As with most independent designers, we usually do not have the means to boast a glorious off-site studio full with lounge, offices and mini fridge. A majority of these small development corps work from home; it’s hard to make enough money in such a saturated market in order to it any other way (if you would even rather have a team and physical office location- some don’t!). In my case, my midsize bedroom actually doubles as my studio space.
Some say you could invisibly shackle me into this tiny cell and I wouldn’t have even noticed. This crypt of mine comes loaded with a Netflix enabled TV and Keurig- who would want to leave? I have seen quite a few other developers give an inside look into their work stations, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon! Rather than giving you all a boring long post about how I managed to fit so much equipment in a small space (which is a mystery), I’ve done the legwork and edited overlaid descriptions for anyone who is interested on various photos of my space.
The rundown: a relatively powerful desktop machine (named R2D2, respectively), lots and lots of instruments, cables, overhead lighting, sculpting station for clay pieces, audio interface with studio speakers, photo/video work equipment, and a wonderful Ikea couch for seating that also doubles as my sleeping quarters. There’s definitely quite a bit going on in here, and it never really breaks the 80% clean barrier. But it’s my favorite place to be and I do really enjoy working in here.
It’s a Hard Knock Life
Not really, but more space would be ideal! Eventually, once I finally move out west and begin my full time business venture, I might have the means of a slightly larger bedroom studio! We can all dream, can’t we?
I hope you all enjoy this Lilliputian look into my life, and off-kilter unorganized lifestyle. This should also wrap up any questions those might have about current (yet ever-growing) hardware/tools I have at my disposal when developing my projects. In a future “Moon Mining” segment, I might bring a closer look into the software side of things, as well as more of my daily routines and wisdom I can bring to the game development community. Also expect Twitch streams of Gongbat development much more regularly.
Want tutorials on anything I have done? Leave a comment or some feedback concerning a question, my maker-space or maybe even your own. I would love to hear any useful input!
***PC (R2D2) Current Specs:
- CPU: Intel i7 3.4GHz
- GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 960 4gb
- Ram: 16gb DDR3
- Storage: 250gb Samsung SSD, 500gb HDD
- Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Pro (Rev 3.1)
- Noctua HN-D14 CPU Cooler (can’t recommend this thing enough)
- NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT desktop case
- A fitting name from the Star Wars universe
Your friendly neighborhood game developer,