Kimura’s Diary: On The “Feeling of Being Alone”

Hello everyone.

This is Kimura-san, your indie-videogame-making Uncle.
As you know, I’m currently hard at work developing a new RPG.

Today, I’d like to talk about a feeling I get,
when I’m in the very early stages of game development:
the “feeling of being alone”.

When you start making a game,
it feels like arriving alone in a strange town.
Sometimes, I feel a little intimidated.

I’m the only person who isn’t from here.
I’m in a world where no one has set foot before.

There’s a lot of uncertainty lurking everywhere,
and I have no idea where I’m headed.

But I’ve come to this place where I’m sure I’ll discover something new.
…That’s the feeling.

What discoveries?

Where’s the first clue that will lead me to those discoveries?

Once, when I was in a particular place in Africa,
I met a mysterious man.
He took my hand, and he said,

“Hold my hand…

You feel that electricity, don’t you?
This is important for human beings.
That tingling you’re feeling…
That’s inspiration.”

… What did he mean?

Making a game is a journey into another world.

I am the first one to set foot here.
I am a stranger, entering a world where no one has been.

And so I meet the people from this other world, and I hold their hand.

A mechanical person, a pig man,
a snowman…
A disheveled little child, a gentle person,
a well-composed man, a young man with good luck.

These are all the characters from this other world.

When I touch them, I can feel that same electric tingling.
That tingling might just lead me to a new discovery.

Just recently, I had an encounter with this one.

July 30, 2022
Your Indie Game Making Uncle

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