Games Meet Metal: Happy 60th Birthday to Shigeru Miyamoto

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy 60th Birthday to Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigsy. The Godfather of Games. Miyahon. The "Walt Disney" of Electronic Gaming. Papa Mario.

Sixty (that's 60!) years ago today the world was blessed with the greatest video game contributor of all time. His gaming accomplishments are endless and he's truly changed the way that generation after generation plays video games. He is considered among his peers and customers to be the greatest game developer of all time. Despite all of the acclaim and acheivments he shows no sign of slowing down being heavily involved with the development of the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U as well as watching over countless video games.

I remember reading an article a while back in an EGM saying how Miyamoto has a desire for perfection and he pushes designers and directors under his watch to do the same. His approach to games is to try to make it fun first before worrying about everything else. Some developers found this approach difficult and it is interesting to see what happens to former Nintendo developers after they move elsewhere (see my last article on Silicon Knights as an example).

I don't think I have to remind you why Miyamoto is so important to games, but I am going to do it anyway because it's fun. This guy invented Mario. M A R I O. Can you imagine where video games would be without Mario? Everyone has played Mario, regardless of their age. And if you haven't played a Mario game yet, then you're either lying or totally missing out. Mario may not have the best story or the best graphics, but you will never play anything like it. And when you do, Nintendo will turn around and totally change the game (see Super Mario Galaxy).

For me and countless others, this man was a real influence on the person I am today. When I was 5 years old I started playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES. My parents bought the console for my brother and I and that's when I really started to love video games. My brother and I would fight over who gets to play what game and when. We would also be best friends, trying to help one another get further in a game just to see what the next level looked like. 24 years later and I can't even imagine what my life would be like without video games.

If you need any more evidence why this man is so important, visit this link and see how many games he has been involved with. You may not have played all of them, and truthfully you may not be interested in playing some of them, but you can't deny the impact each game has had on the video game industry. Happy Birthday Shigeru Miyamoto and thank you very much!

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