He didn't create these characters, but he helped keep them alive! I don't think I can ever forget how he took a 50% self inflicted pay cut after the bungled 3ds launch. What CEO does that? A man of honor and respected by many!
This guy is well and truly a hero and I'm so happy he's being recognized as such. I continue to be kinda teary eyed thinking about all this. I'm gonna go for a run like usual, and I threw on some extra Nintendo tunes to run and have nice thoughts. I mean, the guy's story is really inspiring. I know the waterworks will come.
@WrathOfSamus777 I find that Majora's Mask one just kinda...creepy... I don't really get what it's going for. Still nice art though and the intentions are obviously well meaning..
ps. Why would anyone, anywhere feel self conscious or be surprised that people can be moved by the passing of someone they didn't know? That sentiment kind of confuses me. I know I'm a very sensitive person and I get emotional easily, but so many things that "aren't real" or "people we don't know" touch our lives. There is nothing to be ashamed about to feel emotional about this kind of thing. Many, many people seem to have to "come forward" and "admit" that they shed tears. If anything it makes me respect people more. It's a compassionate side I wish people would share more readily. I know there's a number of celebrities will absolutely tear me up when I see them pass like Sigourney Weaver (Ripley...and she reminds me of my mom...), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Miyamoto, etc, etc. I cried for Steve Jobs' passing, and I wasn't really all that exposed to him for the most part. It's nice to respect, care, and pay tribute for people who accomplished great things, and that's not disparaging at all to people who aren't famous.
Anyways, I'm off on my run. Iwata will definitely be on my mind :') .
I love that Majora's Mask one! In the game the deceased (at least the ones Link encounters) become masks which allow Link to embody the soul of that person. The Deku Scrub. The Goron. The Zora. Here, the Happy Mask Salesman has the Iwata Mask now that he has passed on from this world. It's touching really. It's somber and honorific in the best way.
For me, at least, there's certainly no shame in getting emotional about any of this, but it's pretty surprising... so there's some self-discovery there, I guess. I know a lot of people who don't know anything about the game industry, Nintendo, and Iwata's role in it might even think it's kind of crazy. I was listening to the GameXplain discussion about it earlier and a couple of them seemed to express similar thoughts. We all "get it," but I doubt people who are detached from it will... my friend already laughed at me yesterday, not because she is a bad person or that she thinks there's anything funny about this man dying, but because she does think it's amusing that I'd be affected by this when pretty much the only thing that could get me to cry in the last few years is the death of my dog. I won't share any of this with anybody else off the internet, because they won't get it either.
I don't know. The older I get, the more calloused I am about everything and the less emotional I become. Yeah, my heart has hardened in a lot of ways, and I don't really like that fact, but it's just what happens as I continue to take a disproportionate number of beatings from life and don't have enough good things happening. Seems like a natural response.
So yeah, stream of consciousness babble for you there.
@Hinph Yeah, that kind of stuff is why other than briefly mentioning it to my girlfriend, I've said nothing else today about it anywhere other than here. At least it helps to have this community to understand though.
I agree about getting emotional about celebrities. There's nothing shameful in it at all. I was hit surprisingly hard when Steve Irwin passed, and my wife took Paul Walker's really hard as well. Doesn't bother me one bit. Heck, commercials can easily get to me. Reading the tributes for Iwata has definitely gotten me going a few times.
Any time I spent thinking about it today, and last night, my eyes would well up. I was okay this morning until I read the comment I was most interested to read, Itoi's. I knew it'd be something special, but whew... That one wasn't the one to read before starting my day. And even though no one at work really knew of Iwata, I'd see a new post, or see some of the fan art created, and I'd have to get up to show someone. They felt bad for me being sad! I couldn't dwell upon the thoughts too long or my eyes would do their thing. And like you, not much fazes me any more. This one hit pretty hard for so many reasons. He brought so many people joy, directly or indirectly, that his loss is one that resonates. So, yeah, it's definitely okay for those that knew him, as well as one on the outside could, to be affected by his loss, as he touched so many of our lives. He was one of us, a passionate gamer that loved Nintendo.
It was really shocking to hear of his passing. Sadly, I've learned a lot more about all that he did for Nintendo, HAL, Pokemon Company after his passing but he was such a fun guy from what we had seen and it is always sad when someone like that goes so young.
Yeah, the comments from Itoi were especially personal and heavy. I was pretty touched by a random comment on the internet. He was telling everybody how his wife was asking him what all those Nintendo characters are holding in that art posted earlier. He told her "things that are supposed to make him alive again" and then he lost it. There's a sort of child-like innocence to it all that a lot of us do lose as we grow up and realize that life is often very cruel and that there is no magic that's going to make it better. Every now and then, at least, Nintendo games let me forget all of that and be a kid again.
I'm happy to hear that those around you do get it.
I don't think people should feel ashamed for mourning the loss of any human. It's sick that we're taught that we need a reason to mourn someone beyond death being inherently tragic. Someone has died and the world is a lesser place without him. It's disgusting that others expect us to justify feeling sad over the loss of someone's life.
It reminds me of a poem by John Donne
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Beyond that, Iwata contributed decades of his life to creating games that improve people's lives and bring them joy. He spent most of his time on earth creating a source of happiness for others. There are plenty of people who have used Iwata's games to help deal with depression or other life struggles. His work has contributed to a large part of our identities and has brought us years of joy. We may not have known him personally, but we were able to know him in a sense through his work. If we have to prove the "validity" of our grief, that is certainly a worthwhile reason to be sad.
As far a celebrities go, nothing to this day has hit me as hard as Giant Bomb's Ryan Davis' unexpected death a couple years back. Maybe it's because he was so young. Perhaps it's because he was in my ears for 3+ hours every single week for years via the Bombcast. He was also my favorite GB personality next to Vinny.
Yeah, so I still think about Ryan on occasion and feel a brush of sadness. He was such an awesome individual.
Steve Jobs really upset me too. But I think that was more of a sadness that the world was losing a true visionary of our times.
Every time I think about that kind, genuine, talented, intelligent, not-slimy, not-too-polished person not getting to host Nintendo Directs or talk to us fans about the work he is proud of I get sad all over again. =(
I just feel like he was a good person who honestly had a very difficult and often thankless job but did it anyway and with a smile on his face. He did it because it was his passion. He didn't talk to us the way some other heads of game companies do; he didn't treat us like the whiny, never-satisfied, fanboys we often are. Did he enjoy getting paid for his work? I'm sure he did. But when the company wasn't living up to its potential, he cut his own paycheck!
I want a happy, talented, dork as the head of my favorite gaming company. Iwata was that dork, in the best way possible. I took it for granted. =\ As is often the case with loss, I think we all just assumed we'd have more time.
Well said. Iwata was a one of a kind president. He wasn't always perfect at his job, but he sure made it look fun. How many company presidents do an official unboxing? (With classy gloves on, no less!)
I think what bothers me the most about this is how just about a month before Iwata's passing, a ton of people were incredibly vocal about their hate for Nintendo's E3 and calling for the cancellation of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. No one knew how serious Iwata's health issues were but to think that he might have taken people's reactions personally... I don't know, it just makes me feel bad