We’ve heard video games blamed for a lot of crazy things over the years but the “death of our planet”?
Well, that’s a new one.
Yoshiyuki Tomino (left), creator of the long-running Mobile Suit Gundam series, delivered the keynote at Japan’s CEDEC 2009 game developers’ conference and offered a rather strong negative opinion on the subject of video games and how they affect our lives.
I think that video games are evil. [Gaming] is not a type of activity that provides any support to our daily lives, and all these consoles are just consuming electricity! Let's say we have about three billion people on this planet wasting their time, bringing no productivity at all. Add 10 billion more people, and what would happen to our planet? Video games are assisting the death of our planet!
Those are some pretty surprising comments coming from a man whose franchise has spawned more than 100 video games over the last couple decades. Tomino, who thinks nothing’s bested Tetris since it came out over 20 years ago, offered the attending developers advice on how to proceed from here on out.
You have to find the median -- that games are not evil, perhaps not necessarily good either, but something that can be considered a pastime…
This is what I want to tell you: I want you to create a game that does not negatively affect our daily lives and is something that is considered more productive.
AE: I can’t help but imagine a slack-jawed look of disbelief from the game developers in attendance.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Senior Correspondent Andrew Eisen…