Kimura’s Diary: On The Urge To “Escape”

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 the urge to “escape” I sometimes feel.
I’ll be totally honest and confess:
I am not a very good game developer.

I say that because I often feel like escaping from game development entirely.

I’ll get stuck on an idea.
I’ll feel stuck as the head of my studio.

Whenever this happens, I want to escape.

Come to think of it…
There was a time where I escaped to somewhere very far away…

My journey took me to the Alaskan wilderness.

In a snow-white forest,
in an old log cabin,
I met the elderly man who lived there.

For some reason, the man never took off his sunglasses.

When I asked him why, he said, “The glare hurts my eyes.”

“I used to be a mechanical engineer, but while I was working on some equipment, I got a splinter in my eye. That’s what forced me to retire.”

His beard and silver hair were shaggy.
He smiled behind his pitch-black sunglasses, and continued talking.

“It was pretty hard at first,” he said, “but then, I remembered what I wanted to do when I was .”

After quitting his job, he eventually moved out to this very remote area, and built this log cabin.
As time went by, he built several more, and now ran them as a lodge.

As we parted ways, he said to me, “You should do what you wanted to do when you were a child.”

I can still remember the smile on the old man’s face.

When I was a child, there was something I wanted to do.
I dreamed of living my life making videogames, like Doug Smith, or Lord British.

So, let’s make this game.
You can’t let yourself be defeated.

You can’t be an idle cog.

This is not the time to escape.

August 27, 2022
Your Indie Game Making Uncle

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