The Guardian has recently published a wide-ranging interview with the legendary Super Smash Bros director, Masahiro Sakurai. Mr. Sakurai said to the publication that he goes out of his way to find and play games he dislikes, or has no real interest in, simply to give him a wider gaming experience and additional knowledge about video games.
“I went out of my way to play games I didn’t like or find interesting. Those ended up being a lot more informative for me,” he explained. “At home I have literally thousands of games, and I think of them as pearls of wisdom from my predecessors.
“Game development is very difficult. Nobody sets out to create a game that’s not fun. It’s all of the challenges and difficulties that happen throughout development that determine whether a game is a failure or a success. I think playing those thousands of games is the single best and easiest way to learn from my predecessors.”