Hold On, So Miyamoto Doesn't Literally "Upend" Tea Tables

Maybe I'm just an idiot, but when people began talking about Shigeru Miyamoto "upending the tea table" I always took it literally. I believed that, in a meeting, when Metroid Prime was in development, Shiggy actually did start wrecking shit like an enraged Pokemon. Now that I know the truth, I'm ever so slightly disappointed.

According to Eiji Aonuma, "upending the tea table" is really referencing Miyamoto's ability to look at a game's design, suggest some adjustments, and flip the game concept on its head.

"Well, back at GDC, when that conversation was presented, I think it painted a picture of Mr. Miyamoto’s role inside the company as coming in and being a really disruptive force in the development process, but I view it a very different way and I think a lot of people do. It’s that his time to come in and flip things on their head is part of the development timeline. It’s an event that happens. It’s almost a ritual in that sense," claimed Aonuma, speaking to IndustryGamers.

According to Aonuma, it's a necessary process that helps development.

"I’d really like to reinforce that fact that I don’t view the process that people refer to as 'upending the tea table' as something unpleasant," he said. "It’s actually quite necessary and useful."

Truly, I had an image in my mind of an extremely grumpy Miyamoto, slinging random insults like Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, while other developers cower in abject fear and respect.

Miyamoto. I am disappoint.

Zelda Producer: Miyamoto's 'Upending The Tea Table' Is 'Quite Necessary' for Development [IndustryGamers]


    Miyamoto flips tables?

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    Wait, they weren't being literal?


    Actually, I liked it better the other way...

    (╯°‿°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    There we go.

      This comment, and the line 'I believed that, in a meeting, when Metroid Prime was in development, Shiggy actually did start wrecking shit like an enraged Pokemon' totally made my day.

    Are you being serious? If so, then I have to say that it took courage to say that, most journalists would have kept it to themselves. If Rupert Murdochs journalists showed tht kind of honesty, the world would be a better place. If not, then this was a funny and random piece, it really made my smile.

    I could imagine Miyamoto just running in, flipping everyones tables and screaming THERE I FIXED IT! but he seems to happy of a man to even become angry.

    This was explained in one of the first 'Iwata Asks' interviews on the Nintendo website.

    Maybe he plays this game in his lunch hour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8cTdFqwdwc

    It's a perfect picture for the article, because you can picture a dining table about to hit the gound upside down in front of him.
    Still, I've known one or two people who just have a way of thinking outside the box enough to put people off ther step and force them to think in new ways.

    Well thanks to this news my world has come crashing down, kind of like some sort of upended tea table..

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