Game executive quotables from Sony to Epic to Nintendo...

Video Game Industry Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite video game industry quotes. The list includes executive blowhards like Jack Tretton of Sony, to game programming geniuses such as id Software's John Carmack. They are speaking on all things related to video gamesfrom console launches to the Xbox 360's red ring of death.

Oh, and yes, I added a bit of my own commentary in parentheses.

Video game industry quotes

Sony says the next generation starts when they say so. I say that’s bulls***. Gears of War is the first second-generation game for the Xbox 360 and it looks very fine. You will never see launch titles that look this good.” - Mark Rein, Vice President, Epic Games

Gears of War definitely set a new standard for second generation video games, and was, in my opinion, more impressive than the PS3's launch title Resistance: Fall of Man.)

Jack Tretton PS3 quotes

If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that’s been on shelves for more than five minutes, I’ll give you $1,200 for it.” - Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, January 2007

(This may have been true immediately after the console launched, but in 2007? I think not.)

Developers are telling us that they are starting to create their games on PS3 first and take advantage of the hardware capabilities and then port down to other platforms so we are seeing tremendous progress from the third party community in terms of what they are able to do with our development kits." - Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, 12/17/2007

I think this quote maxed-out most people's BS meter. The PS3 console's cel processors are notoriously difficult to program, and I seriously doubt many game developers opted to start on the PS3, then port to the Xbox 360 and Wii, especially considering the PS3's market share being the smallest of the three consoles.)

The PS3 is still dominant." - Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, 07/09/2007

The PS3 was never dominant. Sony's Jack Tretton has got to be the most indignant blowhard in all of gaming.)

I would like my car to fly and make me breakfast, but that's an unrealistic expectation." - Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America

Yes, because the technology required to create flying cars that make breakfast is completely analagous to video game backwards compatibility. What an a**.)

Kevin Maney USA today quote

“…[I]f you’re over 35, chances are you view video games as, at best, an occasional distractionIf you’re under 35, games are a major entertainment and a part of life. In that sense, they are similar to what rock n’ roll meant to boomers.” - USA Today, Kevin Maney, 11/17/2004

I'd have to agree.)

Cliff Bleszinski epic games quote

I’m haunted by the fact that Zelda (NES) was able to emulate the sense of discovery that I had in the woods of New England as a boy.” – Cliff Bleszinski, Lead Designer and gaming rockstar, Epic Games source: EGM

Some video games—the special ones—have the uncanny ability to amplify our imaginations and bring a game world to life.)

Hideo Kojima video game

I believe that games are not art, and will never be art. Let me explain – games will only match their era, meaning what the people of that age want reflects the outcome of the game at that time. So, if you bring a game from 20 years ago out today, no one will say ‘wow.’ There will be some essence where it’s fun, but there won’t be any wows or touching moments. Like a car, for example. If you bring a car from 20 years ago to the modern day, it will be appealing in a classic sense, but how much gasoline it uses, or the lack of air conditioning will simply not be appreciated in that era. So games will always be a kind of mass entertainment form rather than art. Of course, there will be artistic ways of representing games in that era, but it will still be entertainment. However, I believe that games can be a culture that represent their time. If it’s a light era, or a dark era, I always try to implement that era in my works. In the end, when we look back on the projects, we can say ‘Oh, it was that era.’ So overall, when you look back, it becomes a culture.” - Hideo Kojima, Game Informer, July 2006

He makes some valid points, and hats-off to him for maintaining an objective opinion despite his profession.)

President Reagan video games

I recently learned something quite interesting about video games. Many young people have developed incredible hand, eye, and brain coordination in playing these games. The air force believes these kids will be our outstanding pilots should they fly our jets.” - President Ronald Reagan, speech, 08/08/1983

Little did we know at the time, playing Afterburner at the arcade was just a primer for flying $100,000,000 fighter jets. How did I miss this obvious career path?)

Jack Thompson video game quote

You just watch. There is going to be a Columbine-times-10 incident, and everyone will finally get it. Either that, or some video gamer is going to go Columbine at some video game exec's expense or at E3, and then the industry will begin to realize that there is no place to hide, that it has trained a nation of Manchurian Children.” - Jack Thompson, GameCore interview, 02/25/2005

Recently disbarred by the Florida State Supreme Court, this attention-loving alarmist is hopefully off our radar.)

Reggie Fils-aime kicking ass quote

My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.” - Reggie Fils-aime, President & COO of Nintendo America, Nintendo E3 Press Conference, 05/2004

This has got to be my favorite game executive quote of all time. It probably would've sounded a little more hardcore if he wasn't about to unveil the Nintendo Wii, but awesome nonetheless.)

David Jaffe moronic quote

"One of [my game ideas] is to [create] the most emotional video game ever made. The end goal is that players at the end of the game are actually choked upif not cryingbecause we've done our job so well." - David Jaffe, creator of God of War

David Jaffe, of God of War fame, proclaiming his deep desire to create what every gamer craves: to cry uncontrollably after the final boss fight.)

John Carmack id software quote

The Xbox 360 is the first console that I’ve ever worked with that actually has development tools that are better for games than what we’ve had on PC.” – John Carmack, co-founder id Software, embracing console programming.

Nothing is going to help a new game by going to a new operating system. There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren't any for Vista. They're really grasping at straws for reasons to upgrade the operating system. I suspect I could run XP for a great many more years without having a problem with it.” - John Carmack, co-founder Id Software, Game Informer Magazine interview, 2007

When it comes to game programming, I'll take Carmack's word for it.)

Kaz Hirai PSP quote

PSP will elevate portable entertainment out of the handheld gaming ghetto, and Sony is the only company that can do it." - Kaz Hirai, 01/25/05

"Oh, let me rephrase, I meant Sony is the only company that can do it, other than Nintendo, who actually does it even better than us. We are a close second though.")

Peter Moore 360 Ring of Death

"The huge majority of gamers are having trouble-free experiences with the Xbox 360. The very small number that have problems are being immediately taken care of by customer support." - Peter Moore, 01/12/2006

Delusion and denial at its best. When in doubt, pretend the problem doesn't exist. The “ring of death” was a prolific embarrassment for Microsoft. I had to send my Xbox 360 in for repair, which they did, although it was a major inconvenience.)

Hiroshi Yamauchi RPG quote

"[People who play RPGs are] depressed gamers who like to sit alone in their dark rooms and play slow games." - Hiroshi Yamauchi, 1999

I imagine he made this statement right before going home to stomp on some puppies. Talk about waking up on the wrong side of bed. He looks like such a warm person, too.)

Satoru Iwata Nintendo CEO quote

"Customers do not want online games." - Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo

I think Nintendo is great at what they do, but that statement was pure lunacy.)