Players are artists who create their own reality within the game.
Our job as the game creators or developers - the programmers, artists, and whatnot - is that we have to kind of put ourselves in the user's shoes. We try to see what they're seeing, and then make it, and support what we think they might think.
I used to draw cartoons. I'd just show them to some of my friends, expecting that they were going to appreciate them, that they were going to enjoy reading them.
Anything that is impractical can be play. It's doing something other than what is necessary to continue living as an animal.
I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether.
This is the entertainment industry, so game designers have to have a creative mind and also have to be able to stand up against the marketing people at their company - otherwise they cannot be creative. There are not that many people who fit that description.
Up until now, the biggest question in society about video games has been what to do about violent games. But it's almost like society in general considers video games to be something of a nuisance, that they want to toss into the garbage can.
Japan actually is an aging population, and so as the population has aged, they have had a lot more problems with health.
I think that inside every adult is the heart of a child. We just gradually convince ourselves that we have to act more like adults.
Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock-n-roll.