On Videogames

Me, an intellectual: “Videogames are simulation engines where people derive pleasure from the stimulus-response loop of acting within the parameters of that simulation. It tickles the same pleasure centers that evolved to ensure our early-sapient ancestors were rewarded for getting better at hunting a day’s meal beyond the calorie intake.”

Shigeru Miyamoto, an actual game designer: “The plumber’s best friend is a dinosaur and he rides the dinosaur because how cool would it be if your best friend was a dinosaur you could ride?”

Mario riding Yoshi