Friday, April 16, 2010

Well, as a rule I am trying not to comment on the works of other people. But one thing I can tell you is that I really appreciate the variety of different videogames that are being made by so many different types of people. However, many people are working solely in a single genre that is concentrated on excessive violence, and the only competition there is who can come up with the most violent depictions. That’s not something that I really appreciate. And I think that when there are many people working in such a genre, the job of me and Nintendo is to try to establish to the world that there are a great many other ways to take advantage of the interactive format of videogames; to provide fun and surprise to the people around the world.
The above is from a recent Q&A with Shigeru Miyamoto, and all I can say is Amen!

Well of course that isn't all I can say, but his statement definitely reflects my thinking. I joked for a long time that the only thing that ever breaks up the monotony of a guy holding a gun appearing on seemingly every gaming magazine cover was two guys holding guns.

I'm a very open fan of what Nintendo does. I like diversity. It's something I hold dear, and I'm glad that despite Nintendo taking a lot of heat, angst, and straight-up hatred from so-called gamers, that Nintentdo continues to follow their own direction.

Over the last 4 years Nintendo has proved that there are a lot of gamers out there who are fans of more than just guys with guns, and I'm very excited to see what Nintendo does next.