Journal Entry: Mon Jul 13, 2015, 3:23 PM
I know its been a while since I wrote a journal, and I apologize for the lack of updates lately. Yesterday something happened that really took myself and a lot of other people by surprise and I do feel I should say something. On July 11th, 2015, Satoru Iwata, CEO and Game Designer at Nintendo, died due to a bile duct complication. Apparently he has been suffering from a cancer growth for quite a while now and chose to remain silent about it in his final hours. Usually a celebrity death or the death of a well-known individual doesn't effect me that much on a personal level. But for some reason, this one really left me with a certain amount of sorrow. And the more I sat and thought about it, the more mournful I became. Mr. Iwata got his big start at Nintendo by working on games from the Kirby, Super Smash Brothers, and Earthbound franchises. At least two of those titles, Super Smash Brothers and Kirby's Adventure, have had a major impact in my childhood and the things I enjoyed when I was growing up. The third of those, Earthbound, I've recently started playing more as it has become more accessible in the west. And now that I am a fully grown human being and no longer a child, to see that a man who had such an impact on my childhood died so quietly while the greater majority of the world spins on and goes about its business as if nothing has happened... it really does leave me with a sense of deep mourning that I can't bring to words.
Whether you're a Nintendo fan or not, Mr. Iwata's impact can be felt everywhere in the Video Game Industries. His design philosophies have inspired game designers both within Nintendo and within their competitors. From what I've heard from the people who interacted with him, he was not a boastful man. He was very soft-spoken and, at heart, was a gamer. Mr. Iwata was once quoted as saying that his business card states that he is a CEO. In his mind, he still has the thought processes of a game designer. But in his heart, he was and always will be a gamer. He cared about his company and the people that worked under him. When Nintendo reported loses a couple of years ago, rather than be forced to let go of a few employees, Iwata chose to cut his own personal salary in half and put that money back in the company in order to keep it afloat. That last sentence should speak volumes about the kind of person that Mr. Satoru Iwata was. He was truly an inspiring man and the world will miss him.
To honor Mr. Satoru Iwata, at some point today, pick up a game that you enjoy. On your 3DS or on your old Nintendo Entertainment System. Or even on a PS4 or XBox One. Start that game, play it, and enjoy it. That is what Satoru Iwata would have wanted you to do. Work hard for the things that inspire and drive you. And when you're done with your day, pick up a game you like, and enjoy yourself. You earned it.
Life is short friends.
Playing: Super Mario Brothers