Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Nintendo not interested in employing Kutaragi



Nintendo has never expressed interest in employing ´the father of the PlayStation´, Ken Kutaragi. MaxConsole wrongly translated a post on German news site GameFront (no direct link possible, post title ´Nintendo: Kein 'Headhunting' auf Ken Kutaragi´). Their article read:

At a press conference, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has commented on Kutaragi leaving [Sony]. According to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Iwata said that Nintendo was not currently headhunting Kutaragi. Generally, he thought that employing Kutaragi was an unlikely scenario.


Somehow, MaxConsole turned this into the following:

According to German games website Gamefront, Satoru Iwata of Nintendo declared that his team would love Playstation father Kek Kutaragi to join up with Nintnedo. The news comes following Kutaragi's 'de-motion' from Sony who is believed to his stated his next ventures would be independent of Sony.

EDIT Funnily, QJ has posted the same story, without linking to MaxConsole. So one of these media outlets copied the other without proper citation, which is now becoming obvious because of the blatant translation error they share. Tsk, tsk.

EDIT More news outlets have jumped the gun. GameRadar, GoNintendo and, consequently, PS3Fanboy carried the story. The latter´s affiliate, Engadget, put it right, though, by translating a Japanese Bloomberg report. I am sorry to say this, but not everyone seems to check their facts.


Sources: MaxConsole, GameFront (German)

8 comments:

Ski said...

Thank God!

Tadashi Oshima said...

I wonder who actually asked this stupid question.
I doubt anyone with a bit of industry knowledge would hire Kutaragi.

Anonymous said...

Ken Kutaragi is THE IALS

:) :) :)

-The Irrelevant Annoying Laughing Stock

Anonymous said...

As an engineer the guy its a genious. He even invented the sound chip in the Super Nintendo. But, I think he looses the global vision in precense of inmediate technology. Kutaragi + Miyamoto would be a dream team, the technician + the visionary. Of curse it never will happen.

J_Sheridan

Tadashi Oshima said...

@J_Sheridan

Miyamoto already had his ideal technician: Gunpei Yokoi. Too bad he's dead. That the Virtual Boy was a disaster was Nintendo's own fault, since they pushed the unfinished hardware. Yokoi wanted color, not 4 shades of red.

Anonymous said...

his a ginius wot the fook drugaRE YOU ON PAL HIS A COPYING IDIOT WHO GOT lucky WITH PS1 COPYED EVERYTHING NINTENDO DO AND HOW IS PS2S OR PS3S ARCITEXTURE GINIUS THERE BOTH HEAVILLY FLOORED DESIGNS

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