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How Success Killed Duke Nukem - A heartbreaking story of developer failure

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as true and important as it is, i think almost everyone would agree with the statement:
"pursuing absolute perfection at the cost of producing something that's extremely good leads to disaster."

i think a harder and more subtle lesson for people to come to terms with is how many benefits there are to be gained from just getting something finished and working, even if it's flawed and not as good as you want it to be.  And how much focus and determination and it takes to do that while the siren song is calling out to you to extend the project longer and spend more time improving things.
-mouser (December 22, 2009, 02:35 PM)
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I need to learn from their experience concerning my drawing ambitions for the book I'm working on.  Thanks 40hz and mouser...

yeah, I love the quote "you don't have to be perfect you just have to get going". More often than not perfectionism is a vice rather than a asset.

Having said that you can draw parallels with the movie industry, James Cameron is a perfectionist, blowing the Titanic budget literally out of the water (i believe he had to put his own money in to finish the project)....but somehow, always coming up with the financial goods in the end.


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