I’ve been inspired at times to be a more active internet participant. This is usually prompted by seeing what friends or co-workers are doing online, and realizing that “hey, I could do that too!” I also feel a little guilty when I make use of the information other regular internet people have provided, usually in the form of reviews of products I’m considering purchasing (computer parts), or reviews of trails/hikes I’m looking at going on. I feel guilty because I know the only reason I’m not contributing to this wealth of information is my own laziness.
One inspiring person for me in this regard is Adam. He has a blog, that he uses primarily to post funny or interesting things he finds on the internet. In the past he’s had a widget on the side for yelp.com, showing restaurants he’s recently reviewed. However, the most recent inspiration came from a post he made about 3 weeks ago about a card game design he was working on. He also posted his idea to BoardGameGeek, a site I find myself browsing more and more often these days. His particular game idea is not one that gets me too excited, though I would be happy to help him playtest it sometime. However, it spurred a thought in my head: “Hey, I could do that too!”
Well, to be honest, that alone wasn’t enough to spur me towards believing I can design a game, but that’s were Part 2 comes in: Cooperative Games are Fun.