i’ve been mostly focusing this blog on reviews thus far, but to while away the time between reviews (and in spite of the fact i just finished a game) i’ve decided to also post about general topics of video game interest. since great sites like gonintendo.com and ign.com already cover so much, including news and upcoming releases, instead i’ll be focusing on the occasional item that i think is worth archiving for my personal reference and that hopefully you’ll find entertaining as well.
so as you prob. already know, shigeru miyamoto (one of my personal idols and i’m sure many others’ and creator of, among other things, the mario and zelda series) gave the keynote at the game developers conference (GDC) 2007. if you haven’t seen it already, ign has a summary here and videos here.
there were two related items that i found interesting. first, apparently miyamoto also gave the keynote at the GDC in 1999. ign has a full transcript of that here. interesting to compare the two.
second, i came across a much more interesting than usual interview of miyamoto at the 2007 GDC on mtv.com. unfortunately, it looks like the original article is gone, but here’s a copy courtesy of google’s cache. the video accompanying the article is also quite entertaining, and in it we see a lot of bill trinen, who apparently has been miyamoto’s american translator for the past 7 years or so. i’m always struck by how well translators do in real time and had thought the translator had done a great job w/ the translation of miyamoto’s GDC 2007 speech. so it was quite interesting to see miyamoto and trinen side by side. gameinformer.com also ran a really interesting interview with him a few years ago that talks about how he started translating for miyamoto and about his career doing localization for nintendo of america. talk about dream jobs. anyway i think it’s definitely worth reading. geozeldadude says: rock on.