So I want to talk a little bit about why I’m here. Maybe we can get James to talk about his reasoning later.
- I want to create interesting worlds
World building has been a past time of mine before I even knew the term for it. When I was young often in play I would take the imaginary worlds presented in games, books, and other media and try and extend them. I often wish I could literally create parallel realities just so I could mess with how they ticked and play with how they worked. As you can imagine I am a fan of SimCity and other simulation and god games.
- I want to create tools that help other people create their own interesting worlds
Some of the things I want to create, especially in the realm of AI are tools. I think the creation of well made tools would encourage others to be more adventurous with experimenting in the realms those tools cover since they lower the cost of doing so. It doesn’t hurt that I’d have fun playing with the tools myself after their creation.
- I want to be captain of my own destiny
My current day job is fantastic, but I’m still working for someone else. I have to work on the projects they decide and drop them for what they dictate is a priority. One of the most free times of my life was while I was unemployed shortly before the current job and I got myself out of depression and starting working on personal projects in the downtime when I wasn’t applying for jobs. Cliché will be a lot of work, but if I can recapture that magical sense of freedom in the process it will be worth it.
- I want to play in interesting worlds
If I don’t build them who will? The tools fit into this as well. Hopefully by contributing to the industry through our products and the dialog between the industry and gamers here we can help make more interesting worlds happen everywhere.
- Doing something scary is a good way to grow as a person
Starting down this path has been scary. Once I’ve saved up some money taking the next step and quitting my job will be even scarier. But we grow as people in my opinion when we face frightening things despite them scaring us, and I think I am growing wiser and more confident for persuing this endeavor.
Do you agree or disagree with any of these reasons? Share your thoughts in the comments below.