This is notes on the video above - Rami Ismail's Gamelab 2015 lecture "17 lessons I learned while running a chaotic game studio"
Lesson 1: "Why" is the biggest question.
Lesson 2: Design is communication.
Lesson 3: Be a little less normal.
Lesson 4: Give more than you take.
Lesson 5: Honesty helps make better games.
Be prepared for surprise game pitching.
Take business seriously.
Lesson 6: Don't take business seriously.
Lesson 8: I'm a fraud & so are you.
Lesson 9: Motivation is the most important thing we have.
Lesson 10: Ideas are cheap.
Lesson 11: Failure is good.
Lesson 12: An industry is people.
Lesson 13: Everything is a remix.
Lesson 14: Your game can talk to you, too.
Lesson 15: Don't rely on patterns.
Lesson 16: The world is out there.
Lesson 17: You can't make the game in your head.
Lesson 18: Don't define things for others.
Lesson 19: Decide, don't accept.
Lesson 20: Go on already.