“Rather than going into dungeons and fighting monsters, I would go into the neighboring field and go harvest some cotton or mine some ore. I would spend a lot of time doing that. It was starting to affect my personal life, as well. [laughs]. As I got into game development, I realized that I can’t spend all this time playing games if I’m going to try and make games, as well. That was my graduation out of Ultima Online.” - Kyogoku
“Of the recent games I’ve played, I know it’s a different company, but I enjoyed Monster Hunter. With movies like Lord of the Rings, I feel like the archer is the coolest. [laughs] Me, personally, I’m more like a dwarf... I really think playing together with friends is a big element. In order to play with friends, you have to be at a similar level. Because of that, you tend to play a little bit more by yourself to reach that level, so you’re not left behind by your friends. At the same time, just getting together, whether it’s local or wireless or over the Internet, really drives me to play a lot more. It’s a similar way in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.” - Eguchi
The pair also discussed what they see in the future for Animal Crossing.
“It’s hard to say what Animal Crossing is going to look like in 10 years, but I do hope it’s still around and it’s reached out to an even wider range of audience. At the same time, I really hope it stays as franchise that’s both enjoyable to newcomers and people who’ve enjoyed the franchise for all this time.” - Kyogoku
“In 20 [or] 30 years, when the users in that time are playing, I would like to say “when mom and dad were young, we were playing Animal Crossing, too!”. It would be great if we could say something like that. It might actually turn out that I’m more of a grandpa or grandma, but even then, it’d be great to say 'back in my day, we used to play like this!'" - Eguchi