Lorne Lanning has been coming out with some cracking quotes of late. This latest one sees the Oddworld creator praising Satoru Iwata and Nintendo for bucking the current trend of cyclically firing one's development staff, and he suggests that it is this creative-centric outlook that will mean Nintendo survive for years to come, rather than companies such as Zynga and Microsoft.
“When Satoru Iwata came out and said people were asking him, ‘When are you gonna lay off your development staff? ‘ I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it was basically: ‘Laying off development is not going to solve our problems. Building great games is what we do and we’re going to continue doing it'," Lanning told VentureBeat.
“When he said that, in my opinion, he was immortalized in the creative community. I would work with him in a second. When a man in that type of position, in a world where the golden rule is the rule and that’s what’s expected at public companies, he stood up and said: ‘That’s not what we’re about. We’re about building great stuff. We have great people to build great stuff. We’re gonna do that.’
“When I look at the history of Nintendo, I say,’Nintendo is gonna be here in 100 years.’ I have no doubt. I doubt Microsoft will be here in 100 years. I know Zynga won’t be here in 100 years. I’ve been here longer than Zynga.
“We’re not making headlines in the Wall Street Journal, but we’re still building what we set out to build. Now we have to be clever and smaller in how we think, but we’re more self-empowered than we’ve ever been.”