We just got done letting some people play 'Hanako - Soul of the Samurai' for the first time (people meaning, those not developing it) and it was extremely humbling. There are no words to adequately describe what its like to work night-after-night dating back 7 years ago to now, and finally showing a glimmer to the world, and having them almost unanimously love it. All I've wanted all this time was for people to find our game fun, different and beautiful - after all that it means to be - and those very word were mimicked over and over, genuinely. My soul exploded into the atmosphere after taking it all in.
I'll take a moment to remind readers that Hanako is a project I started in college back in 2007, as a tribute and memorial to my late mother Janie, who passed from breast cancer that year. The artistic choices, the backstory and the whole purpose of the game is to symbolically honor her memory and tell the story of her and my battle to the world through an indie video game that I hardly sleep so I can put time in, after a career during the day that I also love (also making games). The whole reason I make games is to inspire, to help others grow... Hanako is my first step in that direction, as part of a life long mission of making the world a better place through fun, engaging video games.
This reflection, after a monumental evening for our game, swirled thoughts about my goals and things coming up as we near getting the game up on Greenlight and Kickstarter in the next 3-4 months. One of my big takeaways was that the game will take care of itself, it just needs to get in front of people's eyes. (Queue the "If you make it, they will come" cliche).
I was reminded that one of my goals in the next 4 years is to be a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. It's one of my favorite things in the world to listen to while I'm working. There's hundreds of hours of awesome guests, conversation and knowledge (I'm partial to the ones with Cliffy B [a role model of mine] and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but the multiple guests have opened my eyes to different perspectives and knowledge.
So I'm left with the following: what better time than now? My nearly lifelong dream is about to go out to the world, all it needs is eyes on it, and one of the best ways I could think of is to go meet Joe, a fellow creative with a plethora of talents and interests whom I dearly respect and talk for 3 hours about anything and everything. I pledge to be an amazing guest and hopefully have some awesome, inspirational conversation and get started getting eyes where they need to go.
How to do this? It needs to happen, it has to happen. If you even remotely think it would be interesting to you, spread the word, let your friends know, let Joe know, whoever, that the world needs to see Hanako and become part our family so it can grow into a beautiful sakura it elegantly depicts within.