Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most influential game designers of all time. The 55-year old, who is the current co-Representative Director of Nintendo, created games such as the Mario franchise, the Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, Star Fox and Pikmin.
So it’s pretty clear that a man like him is a valuable asset to the company. So Nintendo does everything in its hand to protect him: like forcing him to drive to work!
Back in the old days, Shigeru Miyamoto enjoyed riding his bike or just walking to work. But those days are over. He is just too valuable for the company to risk his life in the dangerous streets of Tokyo so the man is now forced to drive to work. Yes, driving may also be risky but it’s no where near the fatality rates of pedestrians and cyclists in Japan. (the article continues after the ad)
According to the Statistics of Road Accidents Japan, National Police Agency and the Pedestrian Safety Research in Japan, pedestrians accounted for the largest proportion of traffic accident fatalities, bicycle fatalities are increasing while car fatalities are currently at a record low.
So yeah, let’s keep it that way Nintendo because it’s not only you; the entire gaming industry can’t afford to lose a man like Shigeru Miyamoto in a silly traffic accident.