Burrito of Peace wrote on Jul 23, 2020, 09:54:
Do your job, collect your salary, and then go home. Those are literally the only things you ever need to do at any place of employment.
This is a fantastic quote to remember and live by, but it doesn't take into account a lot of the lifestyles that have been built around employment in different environments. Especially in game development when you are working obscene hours and the only real social interactions you have is with your coworkers. Trying to keep things on a purely professional basis is challenging as these are the people you sweat and bleed with. More personal relationships are bound to form, even if the root source is shared trauma. In no way am I saying this is a good idea or something you should pursue, but at the same time I completely understand the desire and temptation certain industries foster.
Also, if you have any modicum of power over another individual, even when you are on the same professional level, you should never pursue a personal relationship as they has the largest potential for coming back to bite you professionally, sometimes even if things go well with the relationship.
In my opinion, this is just another symptom of crunch lifestyle in the industry.