Ninja Gaiden Creator Needs Booze and Gambling to Develop

Ninja Gaiden Creator Needs Booze and Gambling to Develop

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Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki has admitted that he needs a healthy dose of his vices to help him make a game, and nobody was surprised.

Let's be honest here: Game development is stressful work. Not only do you have to wrangle teams, squash bugs, deal with publishers and funding, but then you've got the legions of stupid, stupid fanboys on the internet ready to tear apart whatever you post. It must be even more stressful if, for example, you're Ninja Gaiden mastermind Tomonobu Itagaki, who left Tecmo in 2008 and was engaged in a long, drawn-out legal battle for months and months on end afterward - in fact, it wasn't formally settled until last February.

Is it any wonder, then, that Itagaki needs something to help take the edge off his day? When speaking with 1UP about his current project with new studio Valhalla, Itagaki was asked what was most important to his "daily well being," smokes, coffee, alcohol, or gambling? His response? "It's already clear. I can't make a game without all of them."

In fact, during the development time of his as-of-yet-unannounced game, Itagaki revealed he'd consumed "at least 1,000 shochu sake bottles," shot a million photos with his D-SLRs (Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras), and put 2,000 railway cars on his little model trains. And while the last two aren't exactly considered vices, they probably help ease the stress (because damn, that's a lot of little trains).

On a completely different note, Itagaki was also asked what he thought about the apparent reluctance of many Japanese publishers to make games with female main characters - given that his Dead or Alive series, could he see a game like Ninja Gaiden with a female Ryu Hayabusa being successful? Itagaki's answer was simple: "Half of mankind is female."

So yes, he supports female main characters, he'll just probably give them massive breasts.

(via CVG)

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I don't blame him, if I had his job I'd need cigs, alcohol, and coffee to.

John Funk:

So yes, he supports female characters, he'll just probably give them massive breasts.

With next-gen jiggle physics.

Well... Ummm...

Calumon: I like Coffee too! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! HAHAHA! YAY! This is fun!

Xan Krieger:
I don't blame him, if I had his job I'd need cigs, alcohol, and coffee to.

John Funk:

So yes, he supports female characters, he'll just probably give them massive breasts.

With next-gen jiggle physics.

Calumon: And Full wiggle control! ^^

The explains the horrid camera in NG2!

He was drunk when he designed it!

Catkid906:

Xan Krieger:
I don't blame him, if I had his job I'd need cigs, alcohol, and coffee to.

John Funk:

So yes, he supports female characters, he'll just probably give them massive breasts.

With next-gen jiggle physics.

Calumon: And Full wiggle control! ^^

I think FULL wiggle control is just taking it too far. How about partial?

He drinks, gambles, smokes, wears sunglasses indoors, and develops video games featuring female characters with huge breasts...

I don't know about you guys, but I really want to hang out with this guy image

Icecoldcynic:

Catkid906:

Xan Krieger:
I don't blame him, if I had his job I'd need cigs, alcohol, and coffee to.

John Funk:

So yes, he supports female characters, he'll just probably give them massive breasts.

With next-gen jiggle physics.

Calumon: And Full wiggle control! ^^

I think FULL wiggle control is just taking it too far. How about partial?

This just has me thinking how bad it really is that jiggle pysics trat breats like 2 jello molds stuck to a womans chest. Admittedly I haven't seen an actual girl's breats jiggle but I think having the physics of a mix of powder and water is going a bit far.

As for wiggle control, PS3 and xbox 360 have to joysticks, in this case they're called JOYsticks for a reason.

Icecoldcynic:

Catkid906:

Xan Krieger:
I don't blame him, if I had his job I'd need cigs, alcohol, and coffee to.

John Funk:

So yes, he supports female characters, he'll just probably give them massive breasts.

With next-gen jiggle physics.

Calumon: And Full wiggle control! ^^

I think FULL wiggle control is just taking it too far. How about partial?

Calumon: I spent most of the game doing this. Don't tell Jack. :p

Possibly the coolest looking Game developer of all time lol Poor bloke, i look forward to his newsest game, i loved Ninja Gaiden 2.

John Funk:
Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki has admitted that he needs a healthy dose of his vices to help him make a game, and nobody was surprised.

Nope. Not one bit... Almost passes as not being news,the lack of surprise.
But still, it's good to have my suspicions confirmed~<3

Onyx Oblivion:
The explains the horrid camera in NG2!

He was drunk when he designed it!

D'oh, beaten to the punch.

Catkid906:
Calumon: I spent most of the game doing this. Don't tell Jack. :p

That video was awesome. I don't think i've ever laughed so much at jiggling breasts.

I now have a huge respect for this man.

Is it just me or does he look a bit like Herman Li from Dragonforce?

A few years back Itagaki did an interview with 1up or Joystiq I believe but he said he'd do it provided they didn't mind if it was in a bar and he was drunk.

The man is a legend.

I wouldn't mind if he made an Ayane Ninja Gaiden. She's awesome. I just find his thing for massive breasts a little ridiculous.

The way he looks! It's explained! The glasses are for the perma-hangover and to hide his bluff!

I thought his vices were huge jubblies?

Am I the only one who still finds it funny that he was sued for sexual harrassment in Japan of all countries.

TheodoreLuke:
Am I the only one who still finds it funny that he was sued for sexual harrassment in Japan of all countries.

This dude is the 80's rock star of game development

what a dumbass... it's acceptable for the booze, but the gambling? wtf ?

I call BS. If he has any appreciation of drinking and gaming then there would be no QTEs.

Fearzone:
I call BS. If he has any appreciation of drinking and gaming then there would be no QTEs.

apparently he doesn't test personally his games. Or at least doesn't drink while doing that o.0

dude, give me a good cigar, or decent cigarillo, and you'd get em in my most productive.

It's sad that I can't smoke inside or during work.
hell, lots of places will fire you for smoking at home. The fucks.

He's my kind of hero because he gets paid to maek breasts jiggle.

We all have our vices to get our work done. For some its gambling and trains, for others its getting in a weekly punch-up with your friends, or for having a nice pleasant round of exhilarating curse-offs.

Excellent. Way to stick it to the man, Itagaki.

I like hearing news about this man. He always seems to be up to no good.

The_root_of_all_evil:
I thought his vices were huge jubblies?

That's a vice? I thought that it was normal.

Et3rnalLegend64:
I wouldn't mind if he made an Ayane Ninja Gaiden. She's awesome. I just find his thing for massive breasts a little ridiculous.

I would too; Ayane's chapter in Sigma 2 was my favorite of the game. I just find it amusing the way she spins when she dodges and wall-runs

Lord only knows he doesn't need to do much in the ways of creativity anymore to make games. "Let's make a sequel to a game but lets put in even more obnoxious stuff than in the first game, bigger boobs on the girls and then talk smack about our competitors." Yeah if I had that job I could sit around all day drinking too.

 

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