Iwata to keynote GDC 2011

Nintendo president to offer retrospective and future thoughts on videogame industry

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is to keynote GDC 2011 with a presentation entitled 'Video games turn 25: A historical perspective and vision for the future', discussing what he believes are the most important industry trends, past and future.

2011 is the year of the 25th anniversary of GDC, with Nintendo's poster boy Mario having enjoyed the same celebration last year. Iwata is a regular speaker at the conference, having appeared first in 2005 to discuss what would later become the Wii, then in 2006 and again in 2009.

"We are honoured and pleased to welcome Mr Iwata back to the keynote stage for our 25th conference," said GDC's director, Meggan Scavio.

"Nintendo continues to innovate and captivate developers and gamers alike, and we're looking forward to their unique insights into both the history and future of the game business."

GDC 2011 takes place in San Francisco from February 28 to March 4, 2011. Tickets are available now from the organisers' website.

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Jonah Falcon Writer 10 years ago
Apparently, videogames started in 1985, the year the Nintendo Entertainment System was released - and coin-op games like Pong, Breakout, Space Invaders and others, along with the Odyssey, the Atari 2600, the IntelliVision and the ColecoVision weren't "real" video game systems.
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Kelvin Francis Studying btec ND games development, South Thames College10 years ago
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Shiva Allari Standards Coordinator, SEGA Europe10 years ago
He must be referring to the new videogames landscape after Video games Crash in the early 80's, well i hope he is :).
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University10 years ago
Zelda celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in Japan. That and Mario will likely be key themes in this speech. Hopefully some new footage of Skyward Sword, too.
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Majora artisan | freelance editor 10 years ago
I believe his speech has the 25 number in its title only (or also) because this is is the 25th GDC anniversary. And he could be referring to console games only, of course. Or does someone really believe that Iwata doesn't know when the first videogame was created?
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Patrick Plourde q 10 years ago
The first game he worked on came out in 1983. I think he knows the industry is older then 25...

On another subject, I had the pleasure to meet him a couple of years ago and he's really an inspiring and passionate person. Can't wait to attend this Keynote.
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