Shigeru Miyamoto Couldn't Get A Job At Nintendo Today

Nintendo is a top notch Japanese company. Top notch Japanese companies want top notch Japanese recruits from top notch Japanese universities. Not folks like, you know, Shigeru Miyamoto who went to a normal college.

"Nintendo has become one of those companies that graduates from colleges and good universities really want to work for," Miyamoto told Edge in its latest issue (via Eurogamer).

"Because of that, the competition's really become so fierce for positions. And that means that a lot of the recent recruits for Nintendo have tended to have the higher degree from the prestigious colleges and universities and whatnot. I often say to Mr Iwata: 'If I was applying for a job here today, I, with my actual college degree, would probably not have been employed by Nintendo!'"

So Nintendo's current hiring practices are a bad thing, no?

Miyamoto: I wouldn't get a job here now [Eurogamer]


Comments

    its only natural that a company will opt for the more pristgious graduate however it is bad because no degree can give creative talent thats something you have to be born with

      Very true, well said.
      (protip:puntuation)

        Ok ill better "puntuate" next time, lol.

        pro tip: it's spelled, punctuation.

          thats what i was getting at

    Nintendo has gotten worse as years have gone on, especially with the Wii and DS. Miyamato is more of an ideas man, and with game design it mostly depends on the person and what they've learned themselves rather than degrees.

    Anyway, yah. It's what a company tends to do.

    Yes, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the ones who don't go to prestigious colleges or universities are the more talented ones.

    If person A and person B are equally skilled yet person A goes to a prestigious college or university, it is only logical that person A is picked over person B.

    It's quite absurd how one is judged by their degree of prestige universities, experience, versus their inspiration. Creativity cannot be taught -- as already outlined by greg in the first post -- however, one can aspire to be creative by being inspired.

    Being inspired to be creativity is what each and everyone is capable of, to what level they take that level of creativity to, is another thing all together. Creativity is not taught, nor is it dependent on a prestigious university or institute, it comes from within, it is an ability, a drive.

    Miyamoto has this drive, and many in BIG corporations don't even have this drive....

    Too bad that in Japan, like the rest of the world, universities exist pretty much to party at. They study and struggle and cram their whole lives (literally; they take entrance exams for junior school!), and then end up at uni and party hard. Gotta love it!

    There are no exams for junior high school, unless you are going to an incredibly snooty one. I've been teaching Japanese junior high for 2 and a half years and I've met ONE teacher from a selective junior high (and that is a junior/senior high mix school for the children of foreign diplomats in Tokyo).

    But you are mostly right. They are taught only to pass tests and they are tested constantly. Once they study practice exams without food sleep or social life for damn near a full year, they get into university and then just sleep, get drunk and not turn up for 4 years. Congratulations! You have a degree!

Join the discussion!