Wired is running an article detailing the perspective Nintendo, and particularly its oddball head Shigeru Miyamoto, have on gaming. It talks about why Nintendo is so reluctant to expand its first party games into more serious and gritty topics and even gives a fair amount of history on the company itself. Some food for though from Seamus Blackley, former head of the XBox team at MS:
"At this point," Blackley continues, "Miyamoto is making games for his fans. Granted, there are millions of them, and it's smart business, but most are kids. He's not opening up adult audiences. He's reinforcing stereotypes about games, not pushing them to a place where they can become something different and truly awesome."
What especially frustrates Blackley is the sense that Miyamoto could take gaming to the next level: "There isn't anyone on the planet better at lasering into the lizard brain, that eye- attached-to-your-hand-attached-to-your-brain thing that makes it impossible to stop playing. GTA3 is good, but it's not revolutionary. What Miyamoto could bring to a game like that would be incredible."