Thursday, 8 December 2011

Miyamoto Talks About Retirement, Doesn't Retire

Legendry Game developer, Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of both Mario and Zelda along with being responsible for every major Nintendo game that has been released, is going to retire, but he isn't.

Originally, in an interview with wired, Myamoto stated that he was planning on retiring soon. 

“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire,’” Miyamoto said through his interpreter. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”

It seems that this news got fans and shareholders scared. Nintendo's share price on the stock market fell 2% along with many fans screaming out in agony over this news.

It seems that such a backlash from a passing comment has cause Nintendo to issue a statement to refute everything that people said this meant.

"Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo's development efforts. In discussing his priorities at Nintendo in a media interview, Mr. Miyamoto explained how he is encouraging the younger developers at the company to take more initiative and responsibility for developing software. He attempted to convey his priorities moving forward, inclusive of overseeing all video game development and ensuring the quality of all products. Mr. Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games."

It sounds to me like all that happened was that Miyamoto made a passing comment about what he's doing in the company and people made mountains out of mole hills. the way that he talks about retiring is clearly meant in a joking way and doesn't really say anything about him doing less work or leaving the company. On the contrary, he's saying how he want's to get more innovative ideas out of the younger people at Nintendo, so he's probably doing more in a sense.

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