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The NES is really weird, though. It has all of these technical limitations, and "drawing" on a computer really wasn't "a thing" yet, or at least not a practical thing that could translate well into game graphics. Back then you had entire teams of people whose job it was to take an image drawn by an artist, grid it off, number the grid and then program the grided-off sections (now just colored pixels) into the game. Yikes! Even for those not directly involved in the programming, back in those days, if you were involved in game design, you probably knew a little of it, at least. Same thing with music. Music was programmed in note-by-note! It's crazy to even think about in the context of games today!...
But this is how I saw game development. I saw programmers who just happened to also be artists, designers, and/or musicians. It never occurred to me that you could make games without being a programmer yourself. There are all these programming-free tools now (or you could just have a partner who does that part of it). For me, though, I didn't know that at first. I tried to learn everything. I never specialized. I took up books on design, programming, art, modeling, & sound (both music AND sound effects). I thought I had to know it all; and knowing programming was the biggest part of that. Heck, you see all these one-person indie success stories of people who do know it all: Notch, Pixel, Terry Cavanagh, AdamAtomic. Maybe there is something to that. The point is, though, that it doesn't have to be that way. Not anymore at least. The space is more open now. Anyone can make a game now (with enough dedication, that is). Even without being a programmer.
Who knows, maybe you can also get along with some help from your friends... maybe.
What?! That's it!? YUP! Told you this was something different! This is a new series of posts. I mean, I'm long winded enough to fill an entire post with one point, so why not. We'll also try to have other team members do their own. How cool will that be?! Next time: Maybe more of this? Maybe not? Who knows?! I'm an absolute madman!