I don’t tend to do alot of talking on this blog, so I thought I’d change it up a bit tonight and share something I wrote a couple months back when I was soul-searching in class one day near the end of my time at school. I could talk about why I make art all day, probably…there are a million reasons in me for this expression of my existence. But this is just one. It is, you could say, my “why.”
I want to change the world.
I believe that those who follow their own passions with devotion are those who can shake this world most prominently, and so I choose to enact my change, maybe subtle, maybe large, through art. I am in love with the world, and I see this love realized when my brush meets canvas. When I paint, the colours flow and overlap, textures meet each other in this impossible perfect dance of contrast, light blooms and shadows fall… I am writing a love letter to the world.
I am so in love with the world, and I want to save it. I don’t know if I can. I am small, but I have this crazy idea that I can help. Painting brings out the humanity in me, something that I believe games can do too. There is so much hate in the world, so much apathy, so much disregard. So many voices being silenced. So much fear and defensiveness. So much that covers the greatest part of our humanity, dulls it, dilutes it, mars it. But it’s still there, and I want to help bring it out of the world, expose it and make it shine. I want to make games that make people feel, laugh, love, cry. Games that help people understand. Games that help me understand. I want to make games that will make people fall in love with the world, with life, with others, with themselves. I want to make games that will just maybe make some tiny dent in some person’s life, that maybe someday we can all save the world together.
I know. It’s kind of lofty. Maybe it’s silly. Lots of people think that games are just shooting and rage and toxic communities and people yelling at eachother. Sometimes they are. But there’s space for something greater than that too. You know?