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“Many people are afraid or scared of gaming technology”, says Miyamoto

Wednesday, 31st March 2010 15:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo wants the public to embrace new gaming technology and no longer be a bit worried over what is new and different.

Speaking with Eurogamer after receiving his BAFTA Fellowship earlier in the month, Miyamoto relayed that he felt Wii was instrumental in getting rival console makers to start taking motion control seriously.

“For the past five or six years it has been one of Nintendo’s challenges that we would like to persuade the public to understand that videogames are actually a very convenient and useful means to use in their daily lives. And I think our endeavors have borne some fruits so far,” he said.

“We’re hopeful we can expand that kind of endeavor so that in the future we’ll be able to see a situation where the general public are going to take for granted using videogames technology one way or another.

“The fact is many people are afraid or scared of gaming technology. Actually it’s very convenient, useful technology and as long as you can have some time to get accustomed there’s nothing to be afraid of at all.

“So my responsibility here must be to try to let people understand how convenient and useful game technology is and try to remove hurdles so that even your grandpa and grandma are waiting to turn on the power switch of your console easily without hesitation”.

Miyamoto also reiterated to Eurogamer, that he feels honored that Microsoft and Sony have taken to motion controls and are releasing its own versions of it.

“We feel it’s an honor that some form of entertainment style we created is now going to be taken for granted thanks to the attitude taken by the other companies,” he said. “On the other hand, Nintendo is a company that is always striving to create something unique and unprecedented. And if we can do that, if we can establish to the world that videogames have such huge potential for daily life, the existence of games will be even more highly appreciated by the public.

“I have to admit videogames still have some way to go in order to reach the level of movies when it comes to social acceptance by the general public. That reminds me I’m really grateful to receive this kind of award, and at the same time reminds me we still have to carry on making a great effort.”

The interview is rather thick, but you should definitely give it a read. It’s Miyamoto after all, so get to it.

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2 Comments

  1. Blerk

    I don’t think people are ‘scared’ of gaming, to be honest. I think it’s more likely that they just didn’t think it had anything to offer them. That’s part of the reason why the Wii has been such a success – it was easy to use, yes, but games like Wii Sports present an experience which the non-gamer can understand and relate to. Without that initial spark of ‘oh, that looks fun’ those kinds of people would’ve never gotten as far as worrying about the tech.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. sickpuppysoftware

    What games technology are people afraid of? HD and online gaming?

    #2 4 years ago

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