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There have been a lot of folks around the internet mourning,
paying respects, saying their pieces, and otherwise remembering a
huge part of the gaming industry. However, there are a few people who
insist on claiming that this was necessary - that this was deserved,
and above all else, that this is good for the competition.
You, who may speak of things like this, have no earthly idea what
you’re talking about. Say what you will, but Satoru Iwata, much
like his co-workers such as Miyamoto, were quite possibly some of the
best videogame programmers at the time – and probably still -are-.
Most people like to ignore this, it seems, but if it was not for the
efforts of these people, especially programming genius Iwata, there
would quite possibly be no games industry right now.
In the late 80s, after rocking the arcades, and filling homes with
consoles, there came a wall. The market was way oversaturated, home
computers were starting to take center stage, and above all else,
manufacturers were constantly pumping out millions of game carts in
anticipation of nailing a smash hit while the market was falling
about 97% from where it previously stood. One of the final nails in
this coffin is often quoted to be the game ‘E.T.’ for the Atari.
Shorly after this, people were quite confident that the ‘video
games’ industry was a passing fad - just a phase, that there was no
real value, no real entertainment, no real substance for anybody. The
market was flooded with flops, and things were too expensive to keep
it together. This was the Video Game Crash of 1983.
The crash was so
bad, that it very nearly killed video games as a medium.
But guess what
Nintendo had seen
success in Japan with their Famicom system, which launched in 1983,
though there were some difficulties with faulty hardware that
actually set them back by some millions of dollars, due to a recall
to correct the problem. Though, because video games had crashed hard
in the US, power of the market shifted to Japan, and was centered
directly onto Nintendo. In 1985, they developed and released the NES,
and with it, came tons of Nintendo-quality games that helped make
videogames relevant again. Included in these classic titles, were
some pieces of software that Satoru Iwata assisted with, under the
company known as HAL. Baloon Fight was one of these games released
for the NES in 1985.
If it were not for
the efforts of Shigeru Miyamoto, if it were not for the keen eye of
quality of late president Hiroshi Yamauchi, and if it were not for
the programming finesse of certain people, like Satoru Iwata, video
games would have perished as an industry before the 90s came through.
We would not have our shooters, or our RPGs – we would not have our
platformers, or our PC games. Hell – we quite likely would have
never had SEGA, a company that sought to perform as well as Nintendo
ever could, and earned their place in history right alongside them –
even if things have not been looking well as of late.
They quite possibly
saved videogames. Miyamoto, Iwata – they helped save this industry.
And even when facing some of the stupidly harsh criticism over an E3
presentation (that he wasn’t able to even -attend-, by the way), he
still gave his apologies, and strove to do better for us. He has
always been about providing quality entertainment, quality games, and
making sure that these games were accessible for everybody.
Don’t you dare even
think for a second that Satoru Iwata’s passing can only bring better
That man brought
more to the table than any one of us could possibly ever hope to.
Quite the contrary – his passing means that we have lost a
brillaint programmer, who knew this industry from the inside-out
since Day mother-fucking -ONE-.
The man spent time
in school programming a baseball game on a calculator before graphics
were even a thing most businesses consider essential.
We need more people
like Satoru Iwata. The video game industry depends on it.