Mario和Donkey Kong游戏的主创者Shigeru Miyamoto日前在接受Edge的专访时表示，在他执掌任天堂的EAD部门后，该部门就鲜有成员离开的。任天堂内部有大量的超过20年工龄的老成员，他们看起来依然像年轻的开发者一样充满活力。
The video game business can be very exciting, but also quite volatile. The fast changing technology and evolving landscape forces publishers and developers to quickly adapt or die. This can result in sweeping changes and layoffs or simply top talent acting on a desire to move on to something new. At Nintendo, however, the staff tends to stay put, according to legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
Speaking in an interview on Edge, the man behind Mario and Donkey Kong commented, “One particular difference I should point out with Nintendo is that I am in charge of the EAD division and very few people have ever left that division. Very few people have ever left Nintendo at all, actually. Nintendo is unique in this respect.”
He continued, “Many people job-shift between different development and publishing companies. For many years now, at any one point I have been in charge of 500 to 1,000 people, but quite a few of them have been working with me for nearly 30 years. And it’s not uncommon at all for people stay at Nintendo for ten years or 20 years, and yet they are still looked upon as the young developers in the company! Nintendo is an unusual company, I guess.”
Considering the innovations that Nintendo has pioneered over the years, it’s likely a pretty exciting place to work. The ethic of workers in Japan is also slightly different than their Western counterparts.