Tom Quinn, founder of Gyration and the owner of a worldwide patent on gyrometer-based motion control technology has revealed to CVG that he approached Microsoft for the technology behind the Wii before Nintendo. Microsoft didn’t see the appeal of the technology, and thought they could do a better job themselves – so they turned it down. Quinn then went to Nintendo and pitched the product handing it the “exclusive rights to application of inertial sensors in a product which senses angular human motion in order to control a graphic or cursor on a display.”
“Through my business connections, the first games person I got in touch with was [current Microsoft CEO] Steve Ballmer. I pitched this motion control device to him and he loved it. He set me up with the Xbox team in Redmond [Washington] for a second pitch and I remember how incredibly excited I was about it. Things were happening so fast.
“But the meeting went terribly. The attitude I got from them was that if they wanted to do motion control, they would do it themselves and make a better job of it. I mean, they were just rude. In fact, the meeting went so terribly that one of the executives came over to me afterwards and apologised on behalf of others. I remember him saying how this was not how Microsoft should be engaging with potential partners.”