Nintendo director regrets “otaku and geeks” comment

It’s fun when respected people in the industry start to taunt each other and make official “apologies”. This only shows that gaming is getting bigger and is considered more of a valued matter than before.

Nintendo of Europe’s managing director of marketing Laurent Fischer – who said that that the Wii’s flash memory limitation would only be an issue for “geeks and otaku” – now seems to be regretful. “I have huge respect for those who, like me, share a common passion for Nintendo and I want to make it clear that I would never use and I didn’t use this terminology in such a context or way to cause offense,” he told Videogaming247. “I regret that this misunderstanding has created such offense and disappointment within the community.”

The biggest response to Fischer’s original statement came from God of War designer David Jaffe. On his personal blog, he wrote among other things: “A marketing person who has no real clue about games and thinks she’s being cute and coy by dissing the ‘geeks’ ’cause she thinks the mainstream loves them now… if this is the case, she really needs someone to sit her down and explain to her which side her f*cking toast has been buttered on for years and will eventually get back to being buttered on.” Notice that Jaffe in lack of knowledge refers to Fischer as female. To me, that just adds more laughability to this situation.

All fans out there who’s pissed at Fischer should still have some hope though. Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata has said, “Statistically speaking, it is true that there are a small number of customers who feel that the flash memory is too small, while many others find that they have plenty of memory. However, because this small number of people are none other than the most avid players, we know we have to review the best possible solution to eliminate their inconvenience.”

Of course they need to look into the situation! Even more after the Fischer statement, always remember that a happy gamer tells three people and a fuming one tells ten!