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Miyamoto 'Banned' From Talking About Hobbies

CmdrTaco posted about 6 years ago | from the they-might-learn-our-secrets dept.

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walshy007 writes "After Shigeru Miyamoto developed a love of puzzles, the "brain-training" software that has proved to be an international "killer application" on the Nintendo DS console was born. He became interested in taking more exercise, and Wii Fit was created. He took up music lessons, and Wii Music was the result. Now, according to sources at Nintendo, the games designer has been banned by the company from speaking publicly about his hobbies."

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Well then... (5, Insightful)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 6 years ago | (#24582581)

..guess we'll just see how long Nintendo manages to keep him around with ridiculous policies like this in place..

Re:Well then... (5, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 6 years ago | (#24582635)

Depends on if they are working on a Wii BDSM game.

Re:Well then... (4, Funny)

kusanagi374 (776658) | about 6 years ago | (#24584153)

Now THAT would be interesting, to say at least...

"Move your wiimote to control a virtual whip, and punish that nasty slave refusing to comply with your orders. Online supported!"

Re:Well then... (5, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 6 years ago | (#24582733)

Heh, really.

Given the fairly common nature of these hobbies, it strikes me not the hobbies themselves that make the game popular, but rather his twist on putting them into a game.

Seriously, how many people, honestly, could make games as popular as his, on these subject matters. The key factor is the creator, not the theme, I suspect.

Re:Well then... (5, Insightful)

AvitarX (172628) | about 6 years ago | (#24583349)

But you don't want the imitators coming out before you.

A crappy "We Like to Get Fit" Game coming out before Wii Fit could damage sales.

Re:Well then... (4, Insightful)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | about 6 years ago | (#24583489)

But you don't want the imitators coming out before you.

Exactly. If you correctly read the summary let alone the article, it says they've banned him from talking about his hobbies. He's still being encouraged to develop ideas for the company, they just don't want other companies cashing in on his ideas before they do.

Re:Well then... (4, Insightful)

gsslay (807818) | about 6 years ago | (#24583043)

It's amazing what people will put up with if they're paid enough. I image that Mr Miyamoto is very well paid by Nintendo, so much in fact that the outrageous imposition of not being able to discuss his hobbies with people is bearable.

Re:Well then... (4, Insightful)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 6 years ago | (#24583241)

It's amazing what people will put up with if they're paid enough. I image that Mr Miyamoto is very well paid by Nintendo, so much in fact that the outrageous imposition of not being able to discuss his hobbies with people is bearable.

From the sound of it, it sounds like he's been with Nintendo for awhile. Long enough to have accumulated enough money to where he very likely doesn't need the income from Nintendo anymore. There's a point in which after a person accumulates enough money, the promise of more money to throw on top of the heap really stops becoming a motivating factor and one starts looking at the other niceties of life instead. Niceties such as discussing interesting subject matters (aka hobbies) to others....not to mention I'm sure he wouldn't have a problem finding a job that pays well and gives him this freedom elsewhere.

Re:Well then... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Cowpat (788193) | about 6 years ago | (#24583531)

or having access to most of the resources of Nintendo and a free hand to turn whatever his interest of the moment is into a game to force onto the rest of us as the next 'in thing'.

Re:Well then... (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | about 6 years ago | (#24584507)

There's a point in which after a person accumulates enough money, the promise of more money to throw on top of the heap really stops becoming a motivating factor

When the carrot stops working, you switch to the stick. As in, if you don't perform the work you're contracted for (or leak information about your hobbies that we're developing as games), we sue to reclaim a big chunk of your money heap.

It's when you give so many carrots that the stick doesn't work anymore that you really have problems.

Re:Well then... (5, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 6 years ago | (#24584201)

Nintendo is not an American company. Mr. Miyamato is not an American. Why do you expect him to follow the values of American Culture. The Japanese tend to have more of a good of the company/community/family mind set while Americans have the what is good for me mind set. I am not saying one or the other is better or worse. In paradox to this article and thread the American Culture tends to be more creative and come up with new ideas (as they are trying to position themselves for promotion or noticed for the next big thing) while the Japanese are good at perfecting (for the good of the company product need to be perfect).
YES THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS! when talking about a culture there are always exceptions as we group a group of millions of people into a box. However a cultural norm tend to strongly influence people thoughts and feelings.

Re:Well then... (5, Funny)

bloodninja (1291306) | about 6 years ago | (#24584471)

It's amazing what people will put up with if they're paid enough. I image that Mr Miyamoto is very well paid by Nintendo, so much in fact that the outrageous imposition of not being able to discuss his hobbies with people is bearable.

So for now on, he will post as AC?

Re:Well then... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583239)

Next game he'll be making: Wii Censor

Re:Well then... (5, Insightful)

caramelcarrot (778148) | about 6 years ago | (#24583247)

This smells of a PR stunt to say "look how awesome Miyamoto is! we have to stop him talking about trivial things or he'd give everything away! ha ha!"

Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583921)

Yes, the release is stupid. "any glimpse inside his head could be worth billions" - right. Making a game takes two grueling years and it's not the original idea that is valuable, it's the execution.

Re:Well then... (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | about 6 years ago | (#24583565)

It depends upon how much of the company Mr. Miyamoto owns!

Re:Well then... (3, Interesting)

JoeMerchant (803320) | about 6 years ago | (#24583957)

I suspect this all centers on delaying competition from co-launching similar products.

It's common in all industries, the element of uniqueness adds value, and often that value is the difference between go / no-go for development.

So, I imagine he can talk about his hobbies all he wants, as long as he doesn't mind killing any associated projects. It would be the same at any other (established, successful, ossified bureaucratic) company. He could try going to a small, inexperienced independent who would let him blab all he wants about things that aren't going to be available for 5 years, but I bet he's better off where he is.

Latest game (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582583)

I guess wii Bukakke didn't quite catch on as well as the other Japanese classics did.

Re:Latest game (4, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 6 years ago | (#24582613)

Give it time ... the audience is out there.

Re:Latest game (5, Funny)

Adriax (746043) | about 6 years ago | (#24583045)

Waiting to have a shot at it.

Really? (5, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | about 6 years ago | (#24583167)

And here I thought that it is the next logical evolutionary step for the Wii.
http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=227 [vgcats.com]

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583653)

He suggested some new Wiimotes.

http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=165 [vgcats.com]

Re:Latest game (2, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 6 years ago | (#24583219)

I guess wii Bukakke didn't quite catch on as well as the other Japanese classics did.

I swear, I thought the box said Buck Cake!

Re:Latest game (1)

kirbysuperstar (1198939) | about 6 years ago | (#24583659)

It's because the Wii is limited to four local players. It's just not the same.

Re:Latest game (5, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 6 years ago | (#24583887)

I just want to take this opportunity to point out that the Wikipedia article on Bukkake explicitly states that it "may require cleanup" [wikipedia.org] to meet Wikipedia's quality standards.

That is all.

lets just hope (1)

nimbius (983462) | about 6 years ago | (#24582587)

he doesnt develop a fondness for fishing and hunting.

Re:lets just hope (5, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | about 6 years ago | (#24582957)

What if his hobbies are running around Tokyo carjacking, beating up ho's, and shooting wildly?

Re:lets just hope (1)

ILoveCrack83 (1244964) | about 6 years ago | (#24583497)

I think Rockstar already has that covered, albeit in Liberty City ;)

Re:lets just hope (1)

rednip (186217) | about 6 years ago | (#24584511)

I think Rockstar already has that covered

Which rockstar? It'd really freak me out to find out that Bono and I have the same hobby.

Re:lets just hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24584341)

Is Shigeru Miyamoto gonna have to slap a bitch?

Re:lets just hope (1)

Perl-Pusher (555592) | about 6 years ago | (#24583873)

No masturbation, his next title will be really popular with adolescent males.

Miyamoto became (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582605)

a porn addict....

That's because... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582621)

...he's getting into interactive gay porn.

Other hobbies (4, Funny)

diskofish (1037768) | about 6 years ago | (#24582629)

What most people don't know is that he has a strange fetish for women dressed up in furry animal costumes. I wonder what the next game would be like?

Re:Other hobbies (5, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about 6 years ago | (#24582671)

Actually, we already had Star Fox.

Animal Crossing (4, Funny)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#24582801)

Actually, we already had Star Fox.

And Animal Crossing.

Re:Animal Crossing (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 6 years ago | (#24583729)

And Donkey Kong Country.

Re:Other hobbies (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 6 years ago | (#24584045)

What most people don't know is that he has a strange fetish for women dressed up in furry animal costumes. I wonder what the next game would be like?

Probably something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHA9Ig7HOGA [youtube.com] (It's french, may be NSFW)

That's a bit scary (1)

Elisanre (1108341) | about 6 years ago | (#24582647)

Are we to consider him a slave and is this legal in Japan?

Re:That's a bit scary (2, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 6 years ago | (#24582931)

American corporations often put limitations on what their employees can say to the press. Every major corporation has had a policy on what statements the company can make, and even then, only certain employees are allowed to talk to the press. Violation of such a policy is grounds for termination. It is pretty standard.

Re:That's a bit scary (1)

jhfry (829244) | about 6 years ago | (#24583301)

This is not anything like that at all... Nintendo is saying that he cannot "speaking publicly about his hobbies". What if a hobby was reading books, oops, no book club for him. Hacking Linux... stay away from your local LUG. Drinking beer, can't do it socially.

Now I realize that the article is very vague on the terms of this, but I suspect that it is far broader than it needs to be.

I personally think this is just plain stupid anyway, all it does is give grounds for termination... which most employers can do without grounds anyway. Now if they hold him financially liable it's a whole different story.

Re:That's a bit scary (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | about 6 years ago | (#24583423)

I saw an interview of him talking about it not too long ago. He was laughing about it. My guess at the time was that he made it up as a joke. It didn't sound like he was being serious. Maybe his boss really did joke with him about it and he passed it on. Or maybe someone in the PR department suggested he mention it. I don't think Nintendo has any intention of enforcing it. What are they going to do if he tells his friends about a new hobby he's picked up? Fire him? At best, they politely asked that he keep a particular hobby under wraps from everyone until their latest game is finished.

You're right, they couldn't enforce anything like that in the broader way that you're stating. I'm pretty sure Nintendo already knows this.

Re:That's a bit scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583415)

Well, he made Nintendo millions of $. But I don't think just expressing an interest in something is enough to 'give it away'. His hobbies are pretty standard stuff: Puzzles, Exercise, and Music. Anyone can have those hobbies, but it won't make them a game designer.

Re:That's a bit scary (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 6 years ago | (#24583751)

Yes, but they generally don't involve your personal life, what you can't talk about is work material and you're not allowed to make official company statements. Hobbies are part of your personal life, but early game concepts are work material for a game designer so he should certainly be careful. Legality aside, if your employer pulled you aside and asked you not to comment on your hobbies because it starts all kinds of crazy rumors of what the company will do I would. Not stop doing what I'm doing though, but stop commenting on them when interviewed as a Nintendo employee. Not that I don't have the right to talk about them, but I'd feel it would be wrong in that context if they company didn't want me to.

Re:That's a bit scary (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 6 years ago | (#24583861)

They're not saying he can't discuss his personal life with friends and family. They don't want him discussing his personal life with the press. It sounds odd, and yet at the same time, Steve Jobs won't allow pretty much anyone from Apple to give interviews other than him. Everyone controls exactly what the press gets to hear.

Re:That's a bit scary (1)

neumayr (819083) | about 6 years ago | (#24583297)

He probably profits a lot from Nintendo's well-being, in the form of shares or whatever.
So, he has to trust management's business decisions - and that's all this is, a business decision.

Hint at upcoming product? (1)

ShaunC (203807) | about 6 years ago | (#24582657)

I guess it'll be interesting, then, to see whether or not the "Wii Jack" makes it to retail...

So... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582679)

So the next game will be about somebody who has been banned from talking by his corporate overlords.

Re:So... (1)

dougisfunny (1200171) | about 6 years ago | (#24583169)

So Mr. Miyamoto what good is a phone call... if you're unable to speak?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583189)

...we can look forward to the Wii Gag (order)?

Re:So... (1)

newr00tic (471568) | about 6 years ago | (#24583749)

...we can look forward to the Wii Gag (order)?

..More like 'Wii Surrender,' or, 'Wii Succumb.'

Furriest post (2, Funny)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | about 6 years ago | (#24582687)

The first rule about hobbies is, you don't talk about hobbies.

Me too (3, Funny)

Telecommando (513768) | about 6 years ago | (#24582691)

I'm barred from talking about my hobbies by my employer as well.

Might have something to do with all the razor blades and dismembered animal parts.

WTF kind of article is this? (5, Interesting)

iamhigh (1252742) | about 6 years ago | (#24582721)

218 words. 6 paragraphs, 3 of which are in TFS. No source. No links. Few details.

I do agree, that is an interesting tidbit there, but it's an idle story at best. Fark material IMO.

Re:WTF kind of article is this? (1)

legoman666 (1098377) | about 6 years ago | (#24582897)

Indeed. I'm left doubting the story's accuracy. It's on a website I never heard of that was slow as molasses when there were still 0 comments on this article.

Re:WTF kind of article is this? (1)

liquidpele (663430) | about 6 years ago | (#24582939)

Hey... you're the one that got duped into actually subscribing... you can't complain when you suddenly realize the editors never check the sources or spell check.

ON another note.... quoting slashdot when I tried to post this as AC...

Slashdot requires you to wait between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

It's been 2 hours, 19 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment

I have a routable IP... WTF?

Re:WTF kind of article is this? (1)

walshy007 (906710) | about 6 years ago | (#24583031)

transparent proxy at your isp's end?

Re:WTF kind of article is this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583557)

That's no excuse. The real WTF is why slashdot thinks it is acceptable to have to wait more than two hours between postings.

Lol. Captcha: postpone

Re:WTF kind of article is this? (1)

Vexorian (959249) | about 6 years ago | (#24583987)

I mean... the slashdot summary had as much information as the article!

old news is old (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582727)

holy crap this is some old news.

Frist Psot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582753)

Could it really be?

lolwut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582755)

lolwut?

Bizarre (5, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 6 years ago | (#24582761)

If knowing Miyamoto's hobbies is enough to scoop Nintendo, then why can't competitors even touch his track record?

I think Nintendo is confusing ideas with implementations. Having ideas is great. Anyone can have ideas. In fact, they're a dime in quantities of tens of thousands. The problem is getting those ideas implemented. And without Miyamoto-san's insight into the implementation, I sincerely doubt competitors are going to be able to get ahead of Nintendo.

This seems like a case where Miyamoto should ignore his employer and just do his own thing. Unfortunately, I think he's too nice to take a stand on this. He will probably go along with his employer's request. Thankfully, however, I imagine that this requirement will loosen and fall off with time.

Which can only be good for fans. I can't speak for anyone else, but I have found the stories behind the development of Miis and Wii Fit to be fascinating. (And hilarious. [youtube.com] "You guys are useless!" :-P)

Future Ideas are at Stake (3, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | about 6 years ago | (#24582879)

Clearly Nintendo is looking to base their future games on his personal interests:

"Super Eating Out Mario Bros"
"Wacky Workout"
"The Chronicles of Shopping"
"Watching Reruns on TV Fiesta"
"World of Internet Porn Surfing"

Re:Future Ideas are at Stake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24584435)

"World of Internet Porn Surfing"

Nunchuck used as mouse. Wiimote used similar to running in Wii Olympics.

Re:Bizarre (4, Insightful)

Speare (84249) | about 6 years ago | (#24583321)

I think Nintendo is confusing ideas with implementations. Having ideas is great. Anyone can have ideas. In fact, they're a dime in quantities of tens of thousands. The problem is getting those ideas implemented. And without Miyamoto-san's insight into the implementation, I sincerely doubt competitors are going to be able to get ahead of Nintendo.

While I agree with you to a point, I would have to say that there are a lot of dollars at stake in being the trendsetter or the follower. Ideas are shopped around and cloned so blatantly in motion pictures, usually with much worse (cheaper) script and production values. Pixar: Finding Nemo / Dreamworks: Shark Tales. WarnerBros: Happy Feet / Sony: SurfsUp.

I think there was a Miyamoto interview recently where he jokingly mentioned what he was dabbling with some new hobby, after specifically being asked about this trend of his. If Nintendo came out with game idea first, it might be interesting primarily through its novelty. If some other house copies the idea faster and cheaper, they will probably get the most money from it, even if Nintendo's longer production leads to a hell of a lot better game. If they appear to be a "me too" on one title, then it's not just that title that suffers, but people might associate Nintendo with "me too" and assume it will be a poor knockoff of someone else's idea, instead of the reverse.

I heard he likes to eat. (2, Funny)

Danimoth (852665) | about 6 years ago | (#24582767)

Wiit coming soon to a dining room near you!

Re:I heard he likes to eat. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 6 years ago | (#24583065)

umm....
Cooking Momma anybody?

Maybe not that silly (1)

EvilIntelligence (1339913) | about 6 years ago | (#24582773)

The issue here is that all his hobbies tend to turn out to be new Wii products. So it is conceivable that anything he mentions about his free time could turn into the next smash hit, and they don't want competitors getting wind of it. I think they should have made him a partner in this rather than an adversary. They should have asked him to generate "disinformation", and let him talk about "fake" hobbies so they would send their competitors on a wild goose chase. Such as: "I like watching fireplaces." Then let Sony make a "start a fire in the fireplace" game, while Nintendo works on the next smash hit.

Re:Maybe not that silly (3, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | about 6 years ago | (#24582951)

Well, one thing that business has taught me is how little value ideas really have.

I know it's heretical to say this, but ideas just aren't that valuable. Discernment, discipline, patience, timing, creativity, craftsmanship, relationships with vendors and customers, and of course money have to be added before an idea generates a single penny of profit.

Take the idea of a car racing game with cute characters driving. Miyamoto's gone to that well multiple times, but nobody else has scored big with it, even though it isn't a copyrightable or patentable thing. He's got a team that gets the details right.

Sweeping generalizations (1)

dj245 (732906) | about 6 years ago | (#24583603)

Take the idea of a car racing game with cute characters driving. Miyamoto's gone to that well multiple times, but nobody else has scored big with it, even though it isn't a copyrightable or patentable thing. He's got a team that gets the details right.

I thought Diddy Kong Racing [wikipedia.org] was pretty good. A lot of other people did too, from the article. Miyamoto is a good game designer, but he isn't the only one.

Re:Maybe not that silly (1)

Magada (741361) | about 6 years ago | (#24583923)

Ah, it's possible. But maybe you're just unable to look beyond your sweeping generalization ("driving game with cute characters") to see the actual original ideas that made his games big.

Fut ist gut, wenn stinken tut. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24582783)

Fut besser, wenn gresser!

The people of Middle-Earth don't mind (4, Funny)

guruevi (827432) | about 6 years ago | (#24582811)

I don't think a game based on Hobbits would do that well.

Makes sense to me.... (1)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | about 6 years ago | (#24582835)

"You talking too much could allow competitiors to copy your works, so to prevent that we are firing you and losing all your works from the beginning just so we are safe..."

That's because new hobby = Surfing Pron (-1, Redundant)

Adeptus_Luminati (634274) | about 6 years ago | (#24582949)

If you think the Wii was hard to find and buy, wait till the pr0n games come out for their new console. Oh yeah, and the things that new controller will do... Ohhhhhhhhhh God!!!!

Re:That's because new hobby = Surfing Pron (4, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 6 years ago | (#24583063)

There was a DS homebrew contest and I remember reading about a girl who won the contest by developing a game in which you stroked the fluffy parts of a bunny with your stylus just right to make the bunny happy, and then it exploded into a bunch of butterflies. The developer flat out said the game was a simulation of getting a girl off. I'm sure a similar homebrew game for the Wiimote will eventually come out.

Puzzle Games (4, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 6 years ago | (#24583011)

No one ever thought of doing puzzle games before.

And no ever thought of doing work-out games before (we actually own the XBox virtual personal trainer game that my wife used to work out with).

And no one ever did music games before.

And since when was Wii Music a big hit? I thought it hadn't even been released yet, and all the hype has been about Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero: World Tour.

Re:Puzzle Games (1)

jimicus (737525) | about 6 years ago | (#24583993)

Few of the ideas are original - but that's been the case in gaming since.... oooh, a very long time ago.

Most of the ideas are remarkably well executed - now that is something rather rarer.

Re:Puzzle Games (2, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 6 years ago | (#24584363)

Exactly my point. Nintendo is worried about being scooped, and they shouldn't be. Nintendo and Apple are about style.

The wiimote isn't the best motion sensitive controller I've ever used. I have an ancient flight-stick from a Comdex about 10 years back or so that I move in the air to control a plane in a filght-sim. The controls are marvelous, and it never caught on.

The wiimote conversely isn't horribly accurate, doesn't feature enough buttons to offer the complexity I personally crave, and is very frustrating as a mouse-type tool.

That being said, I enjoy my Wii as do many others. Nintendo focuses on gameplay and design. Microsoft can copy the avatars and such, but neither Microsoft nor Sony seem to get what it is that Nintendo does so well.

Re:Puzzle Games (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | about 6 years ago | (#24584215)

I remember a PS2 work-out program that was quite popular with some of my wife's friends, not to mention Dance Dance Revolution and how many mats Konami sold before the Wii introduced the balance board.

Many of these things are not new -- just don't tell that to the Wii fanatics :)

Re:Puzzle Games (1)

Neoprofin (871029) | about 6 years ago | (#24584285)

If it makes you feel any better, (and this is obviously just my prediction, before some troll points out to me that this is obviously just my opinion) these games are all hype and in five years they wont even be a blip on the radar.

Will WiiFit have the same cherished memories as using your hands on the NES track pad to achieve super human speed?

Will BrainAge be remembered for its minigames beyond something like Mario Party (shudder) or even Wario Ware?

Will Wii Music outshine any of the Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or hell even DDR offerings?

I know there's a cult of Miyamoto in the gaming industry, and there are few people who garner the automatic recognition and reputation that he does, but these are not the pinnacle of his work. I'd go so far as to say that treating these as a sign of his gaming genius is a disservice to a lot of the incredible work he's done on other series.

Re:Puzzle Games (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 6 years ago | (#24584439)

I tried out a DS in a WalMart and didn't like the interface. I didn't like juggling back and forth between holding it with two hands to reach buttons and then going for the stylus. There didn't seem to be any good, comfortable way to hold the device. That being said, they sell like mad.

My wife doesn't enjoy gaming on the PSP, but I imagine if I put a DS in her hand she'd love it. Retirement homes are going nuts over the Wii, where as I'm more interested in getting Fallout 3 and Force Unleashed on my PS3.

These are very different products for very different crowds. I somewhat my Wii and my PS3 side-by-side. I don't think Sony and Nintendo are really competing with each other, so much as Sony and Microsoft are.

This is a VERY good thing (-1, Redundant)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | about 6 years ago | (#24583025)

Because his latest hobby is directing Porn movies.

Wii Money Shot!©

Re:This is a VERY good thing (1)

Ngarrang (1023425) | about 6 years ago | (#24583605)

Because his latest hobby is directing Porn movies.

Wii Money Shot!©

Wii Stripper. Complete with brass pole.

Re:This is a VERY good thing (1)

Magada (741361) | about 6 years ago | (#24583947)

Wii Extreme Penetration. Playable with just the original nunchuks.

It's not about being scooped, per se. (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | about 6 years ago | (#24583035)

I don't think Nintendo is worried so much about someone coming out with a better game. Their worries probably run more along the lines that a rival company will come out with a game first and either sue or just saturate the market with an inferior pre-knockoff.

PCMAG proclaims: Best Buy to Sell Apple's iPhone (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583193)

Every single one of them say the SAME DAMN THING !!

http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,4148,30,00.asp [pcmag.com]

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I think I understand (1)

typedef (139123) | about 6 years ago | (#24583205)

they don't want titles like "Wii fap to tentacle rape hentai" and "Wii subway groping" to come out.

Pikmin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583209)

I could have sworn I heard that Pikmin came from Miyamoto being a gardener.

Route around the damage (1)

Atriqus (826899) | about 6 years ago | (#24583277)

Next time he's giving a presentation: "My best friend Shawn Michaels has gotten into (insert new hobby here) lately."

think he's into .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24583389)

Wii Pr0n!?

Nintendo.... (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 6 years ago | (#24583393)

I used to be a fan of Nintendo, but they seemed to totally screw everything up this generation. First they don't release enough games onto the Wii's Virtual Console, then they tell various third party publishers release dates then release non of the games they told them. Wiiware is much of the same, various publishers have said that they had no control on when the games they made would be released. And now this. Nintendo has become even more of a control freak then even in the NES era, and for no good reason.

Dogs and Gardening (4, Interesting)

vitaflo (20507) | about 6 years ago | (#24583513)

Don't forget playing with his dogs (Nintendogs) and gardening (actually where his idea for Pikmin came from).

A lot of people know he does this, so many journalists like ask him what he's doing in his free time and then try to parse his words to figure out what future new games he may be working on. If they really are quelling that, I'm not very surprised, given how secretive the company likes to be.

So what are they going to do? (1)

russotto (537200) | about 6 years ago | (#24583585)

If he doesn't obey? Fire him? Not likely. You don't kill the goose who lays the golden eggs without a better reason than that. It being Japan, he'll probably not even consider disobeying, though.

Not a dumb move (1)

Tebriel (192168) | about 6 years ago | (#24583663)

I'd venture that Nintendo just doesn't want others to try and do things first. I mean a lot of his previous hobbies and the way they translate into games aren't completely non-obvious; granted Miyamoto has great talent in that translation and what is really "fun" about them in a game, but if you follow that trend, someone's going to say "hey, how DO you make this into a game" and go from there. It's more of trying to prevent others from even getting the idea of "hey this _would_ make a cool game, wouldn't it."

We are all in trouble... (1)

Bullfish (858648) | about 6 years ago | (#24583859)

if our hobbies can be classified as trade secrets...

Censorship?!? Come on... (1)

ActusReus (1162583) | about 6 years ago | (#24583883)

I think all the people crying about "censorship" by Nintendo are overlooking one key point. If it were not for his employment with Nintendo, no one on the planet would CARE what his hobbies were. Half the people on this thread are running personal blogs where they talk about their hobby of collecting Star Wars figurines or studying Esperanto. However, no one's reading... and no one cares (sorry!).

It's only due to his employment situation, and penchant for turning new hobbies into games, that any of that information has interest in the first place. If you were a biochemical engineer for Pfizer back in the 90's, it would have been pretty reasonable for them to say, "Hey, can you please not blog about your obsession with impotence until we get this new Viagra thing through the FDA approval process?" Besides, if Miyamoto wants to write about his fascination with Firefly under the posting handle "SummerGlauRULEZZ"... no one will know (or care... or read).

It's free market for labor (1)

Yungoe (415568) | about 6 years ago | (#24583891)

Perhaps EA or some other game development company is following this story. To pick up this talent would be benefit, one would think.

Ahhh, Slashdot. Full of stupid (1)

The End Of Days (1243248) | about 6 years ago | (#24584183)

I have a quick reminder for all you "freedom" trumpeters trying to explain how things should work - Miyamoto is perfectly capable of making up his own mind. Your half-baked uninformed opinions about the conditions of his employment are stupid. Plain freakin stupid.

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