Games deserve respect. We as creators must respect them, and do right by their potential. And the rest of the world must respect them and grant them the scope to become what they can and must.
Being a [game] publisher is a game in itself; there’s a separate victory condition for that, and it’s fun.
However, it is also enlightening to compare pre-digital definitions to definitions made after digital games became more common. While earlier game definitions emphasized games as an activity, modern definitions highlight games as systems.
The highest form of research is essentially play.
As a designer, my victory condition is to elevate, challenge and transport players during their time with me, while easing their burden. That is my character, and that’s what I want.