This is such incredibly sad news, he's been taken far, far too early. Like others, I knew he had been dealing with an illness, but had no idea how serious it was. The Directs and Iwata Asks have made me feel like I've lost someone I knew well. His warmth, wisdom and humor always shone through in whatever he was involved in. I hope in my work I'm able to capture at least some of what I've learned from him.
I really think both of these pictures are really beautiful and touching. July 11th was a horrible day in my life. My mom passed away of a brain aneurysm, she was 68 years. Other than my sons, she was the most impprtant person in my life. There are so many things I owe her thanks, she was one of the best moms anyone could have hope for. She worked up until the day she passed away. Her business was watching kids, she ran a day care service out of her home. Those kids meant the world to her and she meant the world to them and their parents. Just to show how close these kids are to her, Jeremiah, who is only around three, maybe close to four, said he wants his blanket and pillow that she gave him for naptime, so he could remember her. My brother and I told his mom, we would make sure she could pick them up at some point.
It was probably around twelve hours after my mom passed that I received news of Iwata's passing. I am really touched by both of these pictures. They sum it all up perfectly. RIP Mom and Mr. Iwata, neither of you will be forgotten, you both touched many people's lives in different ways. TriforceBun said:
ken it was. One minute, everything is fine, normal. The next minute, well you know. My mom had alot of health problems, but she was strong and we thought she had many more years. I guarantee she worked harder than I ever had, even at her age when she passed. Though, I'm also glad she went without suffering, yes she was in pain everyday, she needed knee replacements, she had emphysema, copd, asthma, due to her cigarette smoking, which she continued up until the end. At least she was never bedridden, she was painting her kitchen cabinets when she passed, she was in the middle of remodeling the kitchen.
Here is her facebook page. If anyone cares to read all the kind words from the people she knew, babysat for, go ahead, be my guest. There are pictures of her, one of her and my dad(he passed last march,20, 2014), and pictures of the kids she was currently watching and some of the parents.
edit: Sorry if anyone is offended that I put this bit of info in this thread. I know its about Iwata's passing. I really wasn't even going to make a post about my mom's passing, especially a separate thread. I try not to post too much personal stuff. I just figured I would share. I just was really taken back when I found out Iwata died the same day as my mom.
The outpouring of condolences, respect, and general pleasant behavior over his death really makes me feel better about the gaming community as a whole, especially after a lot of the nastiness in recent years. Mean-spirited comments and trolling behavior seems to be down to a minimum and is being responded to with the appropriate disgust and derision.
It reminds me of a joke from The Office where Pam asks people not to say inappropriate things because her mom is coming to visit and Toby says "Basic rule of thumb, let's just act everyday like Pam's mom is coming in." It would be nice if the same principle applied here.
@Jargon It would seem an appropriate way to honor a man that truly wanted this hobby to be more inclusive, by just generally not being assholes to each other about it. This place is far better than most in that regard at least. I made the mistake of scrolling down to the comments on the video Wellsy posted and that was enough to give me my "I hate people" moment for the day.
@Jargon if anyone remembers how so many people came together after 9/11 and people you thought were jerks started being nice to everyone....it sucks that big losses have to been done to get people to be that way. It eventually went back to how it was