“Enjoy the games!” That really is what moves me; I like seeing what happens to human beings when they sit down and play our games.
By designing (or curating) experiences with care, we can move the study of difficult subjects from merely the passive realm of reading and watching videos and bring it into the interactive world that encourages shared exploration and discourse.
A game is ready when all players want to play it again and again.
Every major classification in music literature (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Expressionism, Atonalism, Neo-Classical, etc.) started out as a pejorative and turned into the accepted definitive term to describe the genre. “Ameritrash” has become exactly that. You don’t need to be politically correct about it when the AT fans embrace the term themselves.
But simulation value is not a function of detail and data: a simulation system either succeeds or fails as a whole, which means the system interactions of the data are far more important than the data itself.