Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Officer of Electronic Arts, has recently shared his disapprovement of Shigeru Miyamoto’s role at Nintendo. In response to Miyamoto’s one time grandeur, he believes that he has not kept up with the times, and should have gone mobile quite a while ago.
“I thank Miyamoto for that,” he said of the Nintendo designers historical contribution to games. “But he’s falling down on the job. And for the past five years that job has been taken over by a dead guy from Cupertino.”
Hilleman believes that te gaming industry is asking for too much of the consumers time, money, and skill. Although he admits that the average gamer will sit down for about two hours to play a console, finding that two hours has become increasingly difficult. He compares it to the 90 minute average of a PC gamer, and the 90 second average of a mobile gamer. Although, he is defending the mobile platforms, he also stated that he believes the future of gaming means no longer means launching on multiple platforms.
“Once I get your butt on a couch, I can get two hours for sure. That granularity means I cannot build the same game on every platform. I cannot build Battlefield on every platform.”
How do you feel about Hilleman’s observations? Is he right, wrong, talking out of his…?