From an Essay Considering My Brother As He Played Video Games
As kids, Ben and I often ignored the instruction booklets that came the games, not because we already knew how to play but because we didn't want to ruin the plot. It never felt like we were flouting the rules, flinging the directions in rebellion. We just wanted the figuring out how to play to be part of the playing. That's what the early stages were for. And if the instructions talked about Link, we didn't want to hear it. These were the adventures of Ben or Tim or Buck Futter or whoever we decided our avatar was.