I have a confession to make. I don't play video games. Well that's not entirely true. I casually play 2-3 video games per year. I am always surprised to hear that people think you need to play games to be a game designer. This is not true. I believe playing games can limit my creativity.
The most damaging phrase in the language is "It's always been done this way" - Grace Hopper
I believe it is important to explore many new ideas and concepts.