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“You can slip it in at night, and then when the owner wakes up in the morning and turns on the system, a new video is waiting.”
Shigeru Miyamoto provokes childish giggles with his explanation of automatic video downloads on 3DS using SpotPass.

“…even though you’ve got a plethora of fighting titles and all these other ones, I think Nintendogs still appeals to even the hardcoregamers because of the graphics.”
David Yarnton shares the understanding of the market that has propelled him to the position of general manager of Nintendo UK.

“I actually think one of the biggest risks today in our industry are these inexpensive games that are candidly disposable from a consumer standpoint … [they] create a mentality for the consumer that a piece of gaming content should only be two dollars.”
Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shares the understanding of the market, etc.

“We consider all kinds of achievements from across the gaming world for inclusion in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, and sometimes that means calculating all the possible configurations of a mouse.”
Guinness World Records gaming editor Gaz Deaves, who must skip to the office some mornings.

“Don’t write about being a rookie soldier in WWII, because you don’t have a clue what that’s like. Talk about yourself, your life, your emotions, the people around you, what you like, what you hate – this is how the industry will make a huge step forwards. I’m fed up with space marines.”
Us too, David Cage, but we’re not sure making coffee and brushing your teeth constitute that much of a leap in design.

“You need to be a chameleon, you need to be able to sit down with the hardcore coder, the hippie artist, and sit down with the marketing guy and get drunk. You are forming a brand here and you are the frontman; if you are the face of the company you have to stay humble.”
Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski reveals that in reality the fast cars and pump suits were simply about blending in.

“People got drunk, people smoked on balconies, and we ended up in a hotel suite eating white bread and some kind of peanut butter/gingerbread paste. As alluring as this lifestyle is, I’m more excited about the oscilloscope I ordered last week.”
Minecraft developer Markus “Notch” Persson keeps his feet on the ground despite the efforts of “a rather spontaneous rich guy,” believed to be Napster founder Sean Parker.

“Stop looking for ‘legal’ or ‘official’ declarations of games as art. Art is weird. Games are weird. Things are weird. Get over it.”
Cow Clicker creator Ian Bogost has already made his contribution, of course.

“What I will say pretty clearly is the game is not a ’71’. You can’t apply math to art.”
THQ’s core games boss Danny Bilson plays down Homefront‘s review scores. You can, however, apply math to math: THQ took a $136 million annual loss and closed Homefront developer Kaos Studios.

“Unleash the simulated family!”
Tim Schafer calls for his on-stage testers in typical style while showing off Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster during E3.

“We turn on the lights whenever we go to the bathroom and turn them off again when we’re done. It was annoying at first, but we’re all used to it now.”
Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi on Sega’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and stave off power shortage problems following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.


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