A friend had called me to talk games, which I was more than happy to do. He and I talked about some of the recent games we had been playing (Prototype, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Assassin's Creed II to name a few), then discussed some upcoming films we were excited to see (Liam Neeson plays Alaskan Liam Neeson, in I Will Punch a Wolf with Broken Medicine Bottles Between my Knuckles, which came out last week).
|*In Movie-Trailer-Guy voice*|
When wolves kidnapped his daughter, one man would do anything to get her back...
Even kill the wolves who raised him as their own!
"Have I..." I sputtered. "Have... I played EARTHBOUND?!"
Of course I had! It was one of BitNick's Top Three favorite games of all time! It's reality-bending final battle was one of the things I described to help Mrs. Bit realize that there was more to gaming than wanton slaughter, and polygonal whores, and the wanton slaughter of polygonal whores. EarthBound, played when I was 9 years-old, changed my perceptions and touched my heart.
I attempted to describe how wonderful the Mother series was without sounding like a crazy person, and ended up feeling a lot like THIS. Thanks Zac Gorman! I described the games themselves, their exploration of extremely difficult themes through gameplay rather than cutscenes or structure, and then moved straight into Part 2 of my Mother Series presentation, and talked about how extraordinary the creator of the series was.
In spite of my mania, and unlike what happened in the above artist's dream, my friend was very interested in playing EarthBound and Mother 3 because of what I told him! Every time I convince someone to play these games, I feel like the greatest person in the world, because I'm helping spread something beautiful.
Our conversation concluded, and I was left to introspection. I contemplated and pondered; I meditated and scrutinized; What was it that I found so compelling about the Mother Series and its creator?
I found my answer, and perhaps I would explore it on 8BitVS if there was some interest from the readership in hearing about it. Some parts of my connection are deeply personal, and deserve a post of their own.
Anyway, The point is:
This is Shigesato Itoi. He is an AMAZING man, and this is a desktop background I created to remind myself that I want to be more like him, professionally speaking.
|If you like it, feel free to download a copy.|
If you were to go to Japan and ask people on the street if they knew who Shigesato Itoi was, 95% would say "Of course!" If you were then to ask how they know him you would get a different answer every time:
"He's that amazing essayist!"
"He brought the art of copywriting to Japan!"
"He was the voice actor from those Miyazaki films!"
"He's a guest judge on Top Chef Japan!"
"He's the creator of The Mother series!"
Mr. Itoi is obviously a man of many talents, but I believe that there is one thing, above all else, that makes his work so engaging: Shigesato Itoi simply GIVES A DAMN about his work. He pours himself, body and soul, into what he's doing, lending a feeling of decency and personal contact to his projects.
That is who I strive to be. The world needs more artists, people who care about their work and do it right because it makes them happy. Here's to hoping for a world full of painting artists, writing artists, business artists, customer-service artists, and everything in between.
When that world finally arrives, I'll be there. Will you?