Thursday, November 16, 2006

He Got Game

The latest issue of Time magazine (Asian ed.) lists Shigeru Miyamoto as one of the heroes in its "60 Years of Asian Heroes" list which coincides with the Asian edition's 60th anniversary. Among his peers include the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Bruce Lee, Hayao Miyazaki (of the Spirited Away fame), Lee Kuan Yew (first Prime Minister of Singapore), Akio Morita & Masaru Ibuka (the Sony guys), Mother Teresa (the late "Saint of the Gutter"), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, under house arrest) and Gong Li.

There are many other Asian heroes in the list, so grab a copy of Time Asia's Anniversary Issue.

According to the Wikipedia article, Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of the Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, Star Fox and Pikmin franchises for Nintendo game systems. Without the Mario franchise, we certainly wouldn't have one of the best kart racing games around, Mario Kart DS.

In an episode of Icons (or was in an article in 1UP) featuring him, I remember him talking about the creation of Mario and on how the character design (mustache, jump suit) was actually used to overcome the hardware limitations at that time.

My own personal opinion, Shigeru Miyamoto stands equal with other great computer/video game creators such as John Carmack (id Software, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake), Will Wright (The Sims and the SimCity franchise; he wrote the write-up for Shigeru Miyamoto in the Time magazine Anniversary Issue), Sid Meier (Civilization), Tim Sweeney (Unreal) and Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Thief). Before I forget, it's the guy's birthday today, so, Happy Birthday!

On a side note, it is way cheaper to get a copy of Time Asia magazine in Malaysia compared to Thailand. I get my issues from a newsstand in KL for RM 8.50 a piece while a copy sells for RM 13.50 in Bangkok!