GDC2007: Miyamoto on the human touch… and Super Mario Galaxy

Viva Miyamoto! art from landero at DeviantArt - Image 1As this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) begins to wind down to its last days, two of the most-awaited keynote speeches have finally been made. First was Sony’s Phil Harrison who happily revealed to the public that the rumored Playstation Home certainly does exist. Next up, we have Shigeru Miyamoto who brings us news on Super Mario Galaxy, the importance of a wife-o-meter, and the core values which all game designers must keep close to heart at all times.

Among the things that he mentioned in his speech is the promise that “You’ll be able to play Super Mario Galaxy this year.” Also, because of the popularity of Miis, Miyamoto is “working on a new Mii channel,” and that this new channel will allow people from all over the world to get together and “compare the Miis they created in a popularity contest.”

Some of the other things that he discussed were the precepts and motivations that have been keeping Nintendo going in this generation. First off, Miyamoto mentioned that one of the best things that he has ever witnessed was his wife happily playing video games for the first time. According to him, this was a major event since his wife can be considered an “average” non-gamer. Therefore, he believed that if he can create games that can catch the attention of people who are like his wife, then he’ll know that he was doing things right:

Maybe if we could get these people and turn them into game players we could expand the user base. When I eventually showed (Nintendogs) to my wife, she finally started to look at video games in a different way. And then came Brain Age, this is the game that turned her into a true gamer. This is a big event in my house.

He also noted that he also comes home to find his wife voting on the Everybody Votes Channel, as well as playing Wii Sports and making Wiis. Miyamoto beamed, “I think this is something that is very lucky for me. She is learning to create things. I think this is her first step to game design.” He also added, “After all if we can convert my wife, we can convert anyone.”

Miyamoto also delivered a strong message to members of the industry, reminding everyone that the human touch should still remain front and foremost in their goals whenever they sit down to design a game.

We must reach out to not only those who don’t understand video games, but those who fear it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get them to play games too? We are humans, and our job is to entertain humans and to do that we must always remember the human touch.

Amen to that. Viva Miyamoto!

Via Kotaku

Viva Miyamoto! art from landero at DeviantArt - Image 1As this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) begins to wind down to its last days, two of the most-awaited keynote speeches have finally been made. First was Sony’s Phil Harrison who happily revealed to the public that the rumored Playstation Home certainly does exist. Next up, we have Shigeru Miyamoto who brings us news on Super Mario Galaxy, the importance of a wife-o-meter, and the core values which all game designers must keep close to heart at all times.

Among the things that he mentioned in his speech is the promise that “You’ll be able to play Super Mario Galaxy this year.” Also, because of the popularity of Miis, Miyamoto is “working on a new Mii channel,” and that this new channel will allow people from all over the world to get together and “compare the Miis they created in a popularity contest.”

Some of the other things that he discussed were the precepts and motivations that have been keeping Nintendo going in this generation. First off, Miyamoto mentioned that one of the best things that he has ever witnessed was his wife happily playing video games for the first time. According to him, this was a major event since his wife can be considered an “average” non-gamer. Therefore, he believed that if he can create games that can catch the attention of people who are like his wife, then he’ll know that he was doing things right:

Maybe if we could get these people and turn them into game players we could expand the user base. When I eventually showed (Nintendogs) to my wife, she finally started to look at video games in a different way. And then came Brain Age, this is the game that turned her into a true gamer. This is a big event in my house.

He also noted that he also comes home to find his wife voting on the Everybody Votes Channel, as well as playing Wii Sports and making Wiis. Miyamoto beamed, “I think this is something that is very lucky for me. She is learning to create things. I think this is her first step to game design.” He also added, “After all if we can convert my wife, we can convert anyone.”

Miyamoto also delivered a strong message to members of the industry, reminding everyone that the human touch should still remain front and foremost in their goals whenever they sit down to design a game.

We must reach out to not only those who don’t understand video games, but those who fear it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get them to play games too? We are humans, and our job is to entertain humans and to do that we must always remember the human touch.

Amen to that. Viva Miyamoto!

Via Kotaku

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