I have always admired the ability of certain people to fabricate reality, to forge a truly real and breathing world from their own intangible thoughts. It is truly the work of a magician to take something so simple as a pencil, a such basic combination of rough lead and wood shavings, and from its sharpened tip begin to chisel an entirely new and heretofore unimagined world bursting at the seams with extravagant beauty and daring escapades. It is a manipulation of time and space how, with a mere flick of their wrist, they can create millions of years of history and culture, what in reality takes thousands of lifetimes, and do it all in a matter of seconds. It is an alchemical fantasy that from lead they can fabricate blood, flesh, a heart, a soul, how such a mere rock can be used to produce life equivalent in complexity and beauty to our own. This magic has been practiced since our most primitive days, from tales beside ancient campfires, to hieroglyphics engraved in the sandstone bowels of pyramids, to the paperback books that brought knowledge and enlightenment to the masses. We now, as a society, can bring that life to an entirely new level using modern technology. People once thought movies were as close as we would ever come, but games brought us light-years closer to the stars we have so long chased. And I hope, as a game design major, that I can contribute to that sea of stars.