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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 happened? Nintendo.

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 things.

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.