Miyamoto: Violent games may damage “the potential of what games can do”

Monday, 29th March 2010 20:46 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Shigeru Miyamoto has said violent games, like Grand Theft Auto and Modern Warfare, may hurt “the potential of what games can do”.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with CVG, the Nintendo exec said developers had “to be very careful about the very great potential video games have as a way for people to express themselves.”

“Sometimes, games designers tend to focus their attention on a limited particular area of their expression,” said Miyamoto. “That is simply narrowing down the potential of what video games can do.

“I really hope each individual creator has a wider view so they can appreciate and try to expand the potential of video games.”

Since winning a BAFTA Fellowship a couple of weeks back, Miyamoto’s been doing the rounds with media, saying a fair bit recently. He has the best soundbites, so go sound him out.



  1. M337ING

    As does recycling the same characters and IPs over and over again.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    I feel what Nintendos been doing this gen has hurt the potential of games the most. As games are starting to be seen as a serious form of media, Nintendo seems to want to drag it down to the level of nothing more then toys again.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. The1stMJC

    someone should kick his ass for those comments

    #3 5 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    Can’t kick a guys ass for expressing his own opinion The1stMJC. You can however call him names over the internet :D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @2 +1000

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    Can’t agree with him, but i ain’t gonna knock him or anything. I mean, i love Mario Galaxy and can’t wait for SMG2. Yep, he IS recycling Mario and Zelda in a way..but still, SMG introduced plenty of new gameplay stuff and i have a feeling SMG2 and the new Zelda will too.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Happy Hardon Harry

    I agree to an extent, the games industry can be doing better than meatheaded games like Gears of War, Halo, Resistance, etc.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    yea great games like mw2, gta 4, halo 3 and mass effect 2 are killing the potential of wii music 2 people!! OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    ALl those people that are now playing MW2 and Bfbc2 could be playing Just Dance…..

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    I assume what he’s really saying is that violent games hurt Nintendos potential to gain money. Because they barely have any on the system, and no violent first party games what so ever.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Sini

    LOL that’s coming from a guy who is at the forefront behind making people think games are still just for kids. Nintendo, stop embarrassing yourself.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    It’s just a shame that every year during E3, big expectations come for new Nintendo stuff. And it always ends up being just a new Mario,Zelda or Metroid game. Don’t get me wrong, i love Mario and Zelda…but sigh…a complete new IP wouldn’t hurt at all.

    When i look at a game like Red dead redemption for example, i don’t see a game with much limits…i see a pretty special game with lots of stuff to do. And plenty of other games.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. DeSpiritusBellum

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong in demanding more out of a game than gratuitous violence, but violence for the sake of violence is and has always been a great core element for a game.

    I can’t believe he brought up GTA IV to prove his point though. It was basically a life simulator that let you play a traumatized yugoslav with a paste-like personality and profusely needy friends.. Which also allowed you to shoot whores if you cared to.

    If GTA IV’s developers had done the opposite of what Miyamoto suggests, and been less focused on trying to make a boring, pretentious, sociorealistic movie experience, they might’ve wound up with a decent game.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Aimless

    He doesn’t bring up GTAIV.

    Miyamoto’s comments are actually very reasonable and considered, but apparently asking people to read something before commenting on it is too much to ask. I only wish I could say that I’m shocked.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. The_Deleted

    With todays tech you could argue the same point about film. We have the ability to put whatever we can imagine on a screen.
    But that does not dictate that people will be interested.

    Violence has been a part of entertainment since man could communicate. It’s not going anywhere any time soon.
    We do have a responsibility as adults to be far more cautious about what is appropriate for children to be playing.
    What’s damaging gaming is ignorant adults buying unsuitable games for those at an unsuitable age. And then gaming gets the blame!!!

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Hero of Canton

    If you read the piece linked there, he says violence shouldn’t be the sole focus of games. I find it hard to understand how anyone can argue with that. He also points out that nobody should be able to stop designers doing what they want to do. In other words, they can create violent games if they want, he just hopes that’s not the only direction the industry heads towards.

    Some of the comments here are genuinely quite pathetic.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Dannybuoy

    Violence is a cheap theme in some games. It takes a different kind of deveoper to create a game not based around violence. Take Flower as an example. Violence isn’t bad per se but it needs to be handled carefully so that the reason for the violence is made clear and justified. I do kind of agree with the old boy on this one. I guess games like modern warfare 2 et al sell well is because we are living in a war age and a lot of people are so ingrained with this that they feel the need to play violent games. If we were more in to growing plants then we might all collectively want to play more games like Flower. Who knows

    #17 5 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    Dannybuoy said: Violence is a cheap theme in some games.

    AMEN! brother, GEARS of WAR for the fucking win :D

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Floms

    What a fu”#$ loser the best thing of video games like GTA is to crash people with crs and beat the hell up to the people.

    Some one shoul kick his asian ass

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Dralen

    Yep, and in a weeks time we’re probably gonna get another statement saying that his comments were misinterpreted.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. MushroomStamp

    Yeah, cuz Nintendo is on the cutting edge of games showing us the potential. PFFT

    #21 5 years ago


    #22 5 years ago
  23. Triskiller

    Wow, really people?

    Some ignorant violant bastards comment on the man who almost single handedly saved gaming that he should have his ass kicked just because he says that games shouldn’t be solely based on violence?

    @Hero of Canton

    You are, indeed, a hero.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Scyrenn

    “Nintendo seems to want to drag it down to the level of nothing more then toys again.”

    Why so serious?

    #24 5 years ago

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