Ian Baverstock from Tenshi Ventures recently took the stage at the Develop Conference in Brighton, England, and claimed that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is out of touch with consumers and has a rather draconian view of the video games industry.
“I just don’t agree. This lack of craftsmanship is really a reflection of Nintendo’s point of view – they are completely obsessed with retail, and have been very successful in that.”
“Ultimately for Mr Iwata to be able to sit there and say that we’re losing craftsmanship, we’re losing skills… at the same time that Minecraft comes out, sells millions and makes one man lots of money and creates a huge public buzz, is a shocking indictment of his view of the world that we all see.”
Baverstock went on to prophesy a “second great age of development” – the first being in the late ‘80s.
“We’re not very far away now from the beginnings of next generation [of technology] from Sony and Microsoft. I don’t know when that will come, but at that point… the idea that there are going to be many independent developers with either their own money, or even publishers money, making games on those platforms – there are going to be very, very few.”
“In the end, once you get past that preachy title of why developers need to change, the reason why I’m so riled by Mr. Iwata’s point of view is that fundamentally it’s smack talk: ‘You, Mr. Developer, stay in your box, you stay down there, we’ll do with this other stuff, you just carry on making games.’”