Geoff Keighley once again held The Game Awards last night, and the show was full of guest presenters. My personal favorite was none other than Reggie Fils-Aime, the former President of Nintendo of America. Fils-Aime took the stage to present the Fresh Indie Award, which he considered to be the most important honor of all. You can watch his touching speech, which includes an inspirational message about Shigeru Miyamoto and the late Satoru Iwata, by clicking below.
Reggie: Miyamoto and Iwata were indies too
Still inspiring in retirement
Reggie may be retired, but he’s not done trying to make a positive impact on the industry and the people in it. The Fresh Indie Award he presented is an honor given to a first-time developer who delivered an exceptional gaming experience. As Reggie explained in his speech, he thinks this award is especially important, because we all start as “indies” in some way. He hammered in this point by bringing up Miyamoto’s humble beginnings exploring in Kyoto, and Iwata starting out by making games on a calculator. Even industry greats start out small.
Reggie also spoke about the potential for video games to be used for good. Beyond the importance of having fun and generating smiles (a philosophy shared by Miyamoto and Iwata), he wants to see them grow as a force for good in this world. I think that’s a future we can all get behind.