Growing up as a hippie child, my parents didn’t want me playing video games. When the family would visit my cousins house, me and my brother would spend every moment we possibly could playing games on their computer; and than talking about it for months until the next visit. Later I figured out how to download games on the family computer without my parents help. Soon I was modifying games and feeling transported into another world. Sometimes after creating a landscape in a video game I would have vivid dreams exploring the same landscapes while I slept. Some of these dreams became reoccurring, lasting for years after I stopped working on those games.
I had a similar introduction to board games and pen-and-paper role playing games. For me, playing games turns quickly to wanting to alter or design them. There is something about play that feels so close to creativity."