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Nintendo: We’re Not Interested in Working With Garage Developers

Nintendo: We’re Not Interested in Working With Garage Developers (photo)

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The company best known for mega-franchises “Super Mario Brothers”, “The Legend of Zelda and “Metroid” apparently thinks that there is a thing such as too small, when it comes to video game development.

In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the following:

“I would separate out the true independent developer vs. the hobbyist. We are absolutely reaching out to the independent developer… Where we’ve drawn the line is we are not looking to do business today with the garage developer. In our view, that’s not a business we want to pursue.”

Fils-Aime doesn’t make clear what the distinction is between independent and hobbyist, in terms of output or content. But what it seems like he’s saying is that Nintendo’s not going to open its gates as wide as Apple or Google have on their iOS and Android platforms.

These comments jibe with this year’s polarizing GDC keynote from Nintendo worldwide president Satoru Iwata, where he opined that casual and bite-sized games undermine the value of the creative work of video game development. Many scoffed at these remarks, citing the amount of substandard, quick cash-in software that Nintendo allows to land on its platforms.

Taken as a whole, Nintendo’s stance on development and value is troubling. Their definition of “value” seems solipsistic, making it a slippery quality that only they have a sense of. Moreover, it ignores the fact that the video game medium was built, nourished and advanced by garage developers. Early hits like “Adventure,” “Pitfall” and “Prince of Persia” were all made by people outside of the corporate confines of the video game medium and current titles like “Angry Birds,” “Superbrothers” and “World of Goo” follow in that tradition. You know, it’s weird. Nintendo’s innovations have changed the face of gaming several times over, so you’d think that they’d recognize that paradigm shifts can come from anywhere. If they’re not careful, the next one could come from a garage developer and bowl them right over.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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