As a game designer, James Silva's greatest inspiration was Bruce Lee.
"I had been a dishwasher at a restaurant three or four years ago. You get no respect as a dishwasher. And every time the waitress would come back with a stack of dirty dishes, ignoring me, I'd go, 'You know, Bruce Lee was a dishwasher once!'"
As the sole creator of the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game Dishwasher, Silva found himself the poster boy of Microsoft's efforts to "democratize game development" at Game Developers Conference. The Utica, NY independent game maker shared the stage with game design luminaries like Tomonobu Itagaki and Peter Molyneux at Microsoft's GDC keynote.