Some designers try to keep uninfluenced by other games, so their creations are all their own. I feel like that is as enlightened as a scientist that decides to ignore science they don’t create.
Quotes by Richard Garfield
[…] my experience has been that so few people really pay attention to the truly classic games like Golf, or Poker with regard to what makes them well “designed” games that have endured over a century. To lose sight of that not only costs a designer a rich supply of ideas, but more tragically, cuts them off from our heritage of games which extends back not twenty-five or fifty years but millennia.