GDC has announced today that their keynote speaker will be none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. He follows in the footsteps of last year’s keynote speaker Will Wright.
The keynotes at GDC are always entertaining and enormously informative. If you ever want to delve deep into the nuts and bolts of the gaming industry, you owe it to yourself to go and listen to the speakers. This year should be no different:
In his keynote address, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will
draw from his development roots and talk not only about how
video gaming has evolved, but also, more importantly, he will
offer his views on where we go from here.
I can’t wait to hear where he thinks the industry is headed. I suspect it will have something to do with handheld and 3D. Actually, I’m sure it will be much more than that and I am really looking forward to it.
Like them or hate them, you can’t deny the impact Nintendo and their strategies have had on the game industry. The Wii has opened the door to a whole new audience and led directly to innovative new approaches from the industry, both software and, in the case of the Kinect, hardware. The Nintendo DS may not have been as pretty as the PSP, but the great games that took advantage of the system far outshined Sony’s handheld.
Though they’ve had mistakes like the Gamecube, Nintendo has been a force in the game industry longer than almost anyone else. I’m sure the President will have a lot to say when GDC rolls around Feb 28th – Mar 4th.