Iwata's ignoring the emerging presence of online gaming? Over-cautious financial planning. Miyamoto's hissy fit over Donkey Kong Country? Simple emotional release. Fischer's child-like ignorance? Well ... I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he was just momentarily clueless.
But there's some statements that simply defy comprehension. Coming from a man who has been the president of a major corporation for over half a century, one would assume that every decision, every statement, nay, every thought would be part of a larger scheme. Yet I think even a Bill Gates or a Warren Buffett would be left wondering what on earth was he thinking after hearing these words escape former Nintendo President and CEO Hiroshi Yamauchi's mouth: "[People who play RPGs are] depressed gamers who like to sit alone in their dark rooms and play slow games."
One could take the easy way out and assume that the man, aged about 72 years at the time of the statement, was simply having a "grandpa moment." But this couldn't possibly be the same man who radically transformed a playing card company into a technological revolutionary. Turn-based RPGs were never my personal favorite type of game, but I would never attack a game without reason simply because I didn't prefer it (unless the game was Deal or No Deal, then it totally deserves to be attacked). The same man who once downplayed Microsoft as a clueless non-competitor eventually grew a reputation for head-scratching quotes. Whether he was dissing competitors or claiming that graphics were meaningless to most consumers, we can merely guess at what on earth he was thinking when he made such brazen statements. Pent-up rage over the Square-Nintendo falling out? Dismissal of a genre which catered more to larger quantities of storage, something that wasn't a priority for Nintendo in the N64 and GameCube eras? I would normally follow that sentence up with "who knows but the man himself," but one must wonder if even he knew what he was saying.