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Breaking! Miyamoto laments violence, lauds cheap technology

Ross Miller

In an interview with Channel 4, legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto -- currently promoting Wii Music -- lamented the current use of violence in gaming. "I don't want to curb freedom of expression but I am concerned that many developers focus just on excessive violence in order to stimulate people's mind," he said. "I believe that there are more ways of grabbing players' attention than violence alone."

Miyamoto also discussed cheaper hardware, noting, "Nintendo's mission is to improve and to take advantage of cheap technology to create reasonable and affordable entertainment." ... Nintendo against excessive violence? In love with cheap technology? Breaking news! Why doesn't Miyamoto put his money where his mouth is? Oh, nevermind.

Though we've rarely seen in a suit, Miyamoto's opinion goes a long way in shaping Nintendo's business philosophies. If there's one thing to take from this, it's that you shouldn't get your hopes up for a high-powered Wii 2.0.

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