Pin­cus on Mat­trick’s exit, and Ina­fune on Mega Man X wob­bles

Game com­men­tary in snack-sized mouth­fuls


“I only had ¥3,000 [£17] left in my bank ac­count… The danger­ous aroma of a free meal was lead­ing me on.”

Keiji Ina­fune re­calls how his empty belly drove the devel­op­ment of the well-re­ceived Mega Man X

“It’s been two years and we’re still not win­ning as a com­pany on the level we had hoped… We need to move fast and act a lit­tle bit more as a startup.”

Re­turn­ing CEO Mark Pin­cus on why Don Mat­trick had to leave Zynga. Mat­trick’s firstyear pay­check: $57.8 mil­lion

“We stopped pay­ing VAT; we were black­listed by the gov­ern­ment; the bank called in a loan that we couldn’t pay back. Even then we re­fused to re­lease the game. It wasn’t ready.”

Lar­ian CEO Swen Vincke on how pol­ish­ing Di­vin­ity: Orig­i­nal Sin al­most broke the stu­dio

“Now I’m pres­i­dent, I get to meet a lot of other com­pany pres­i­dents. They’re such

weird peo­ple. I’m fas­ci­nated by them. I use some of them as en­emy char­ac­ters in our games.”

From Soft­ware pres­i­dent Hide­taka Miyazaki gets ev­ery Ja­panese CEO won­der­ing if they may have birthed a spi­der named Rom

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