“In My Heart, I Am A Gamer”: Memories of Satoru Iwata

On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.

Satoru Iwata

Rin: This wasn’t the post I was planning on writing this week. I think many other blog writers, tech journalists, and gaming fans can echo the sentiment that we expected July 11th to be just another day. Not the day that we would lose one of the most treasured people in the gaming industry to cancer. While I usually don’t take celebrity deaths hard—the last one I cried over was Steve Irwin, but who didn’t—I’ve spent the better part of the last two days on-and-off crying over too early demise of Nintendo’s previous president and CEO, Satoru Iwata. I’ve never realized what an impact he had on me, and I’ve found so many who felt the same.

Dom: Same here. I’ve played so many Nintendo games and watched so many Nintendo Directs, but I wouldn’t have thought that Mr. Iwata’s passing would have me continuously on the verge of tears over the course of a few days. It was a surprise, undoubtedly, and it’s incredibly hard for many of us to compose ourselves.

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