Such a fascinating read, and explains why everyone's experience/journey was so wildly different. I'm in awe, and having gotten back into it recently (for the second time), this will surely make me appreciate those magic moments even more knowing their design philosophy. The integrated bug reporting also explains why this game, despite its massive scale, is so free of bugs. I found one untextured triangle in my entire journey on a far edge of the map. And that's it. Completely unprecedented in my experience.