Over the weekend the President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils Aime, announced he would be retiring from his position in April.
Since his promotion in 2006, Reggie has been the main face of Nintendo of America and one of the more popular individual figures in the gaming world. In the wake of Reggie’s retirement, this week I will be looking at some of the most prominent names in gaming and how the community views them.
To start, we will look at someone who is a lot less popular than Reggie, Bethesda’s Todd Howard.
Howard began working at Bethesda in the ’90s and rose to prominence as the game director for “Fallout 3” in 2008. He has since led the development of both of the massively popular Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series. As such, Howard often serves as one of Bethesda’s main spokesmen when they have a new game coming out, a role that has not served him well.
Bethesda games are notoriously buggy upon release, and while this can’t really be blamed on Howard, or any one person, Howard often makes bold claims in his press conferences that the internet has delighted in proving false after the fact.
Despite this, the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series have had some of the best-received games of the last decade and Howard has received his share of the praise, including being named one of the best game creators by IGN.com.
Although more negative than most, there is also some fun to be found in the internet’s treatment of Howard, including memes like “every mountain can be climbed” and “it just works”. Bethesda games, of course, rarely “just work”.