Anyone, and I mean ANYONE who considers video games in any means a hobby has seen the end of one of the most important faces in the industry. This morning, Hiroshi Yamauchi has passed away at the age of 85. Most of you are probably wondering who the hell this person is, but you all know the effect of his life. You know because you play games at home, and they have had almost 30 years here in the states (over 30 in Japan) to evolve since just about dying with Atari’s dominance.
This is the man who decided to push Nintendo away from selling cards and to entering the electronic entertainment industry, who would lead them to enter the US console market and single handedly save the console industry in the US, and who would ultimately personally pick one of the most influential minds in game development, Shigeru Miyamoto. Suffice it to say, his impact is not overstateable.
I’m not asking you to feel sad or mourn or anything of the sort, but it would be a disservice to not mention the passing of the single most important human being in the history of video games and the path it would take by being the one who would restart it all. If you have any interest in the history of it all, it’s worth your time to read about this man, and as long as you enjoy it, there is a respect to send his way.