For coming up with ideas—it’s pretty much different every time. Sometimes an idea will come from a book, a TV show, or just walking around the neighborhood. I have a habit of writing down any ideas that come to my head, even if they seem dumb at the time. Sometimes it takes a while for an idea to take shape—for instance I’ve thought about making a game about passwords for over three years, but it took a while for the idea to fully form into The Password Game I released last month.
Do you know which of your games/maps on your website is played/viewed the most?
Currently, Spend Bill Gates’ Money is in the lead with tens of millions of views, but The Deep Sea is quickly catching up!
CYOA has definitely contributed to that spike! Which is your favorite?
My new favorite page on the site is Space Elevator, which I launched this year. While doing research for the page, I gained a huge appreciation for Earth’s atmosphere and learned more about planes than I thought I ever would. The page was also the largest project I’ve done so far, with tons of animations and elements that had to be placed by hand.
Oh, Space Elevator is beautiful!
Since you’re privy to so much random data, we’re curious—has anything surprised you? (We’re thinking about the universal themes in Earth Reviews!) Have you seen any constants?
A lot of the answers to Absurd Trolley Problems surprised me! For instance—I thought way more people would be sympathetic to lobsters. I also didn’t expect more than 10% of people would run someone over if it meant getting their package faster.
Do you have a new idea simmering?
I’m currently working on a little digital museum of internet artifacts—things like the first tweet, first Youtube video and, of course, the old Space Jam website. It’s been really fun diving into the history of the internet. I'm hoping to launch it in a month or two.
You’ve got this renaissance sensibility, like you’re curious about so many things and have taken the time to contemplate and explore them. Is that true? What else motivates you? What else are you passionate about?
I appreciate that! I have been known to get obsessed about lots of seemingly different topics. Sometimes a topic or idea will just grab me and I’ll become obsessed with it for a couple of months. For instance, last month I got really interested in the weird medieval drawings that scribes would paint in the margins of manuscripts.