Alexander Bruce

Why some game designers can’t see their own genius

Why some game designers can’t see their own genius

What do brilliant artists think of themselves? For some of the game industry's creatives the answer is one word: imposter.

The so-called "Imposter Syndrome" is a psychological affliction that tricks you into believing that your work is worthless even in the face of great praise and fame. 

This great piece from Alec Holowka, co-creator of Aquaria, examines the stories of three independent game creators and their struggle to recognize the worth of their own creativity.

Particularly poignant is Alexander Bruce's story about his experience finishing his popular game, Antichamber. Though the game grossed over $1 million and received nearly unanimous praise, he still said that the tiny amount of hate emails he received were the ones that hit him the hardest.