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Jaffe attacks Nintendo for insulting loyal fanbase

God of War designer slams marketing director's "geeks and otaku" comment

God of War designer David Jaffe has launched an attack on Nintendo following the company's marketing director stating only "geeks and otaku" want more storage for the Wii.

Writing on his personal blog, Jaffe accuses Nintendo of snubbing its loyal fanbase for mainstream success, and says Laurent Fischer – who he incorrectly refers to as female – should be ashamed of his comments.

He wrote: "This statement, especially coming from a marketing person, reeks of one of two things:

A - Arrogance at a level that should make Nintendo – if this statement reflects the core of the company – very ashamed.

B - A marketing person who has no real clue about games and thinks she's being cute and coy by dissing the 'geeks' 'cause she thinks the mainstream loves them now... if this is the case, she really needs someone to sit her down and explain to her which side her f*cking toast has been buttered on for years and will eventually get back to being buttered on."

He said that although he's a big fan of Nintendo games, and admires the business and they way it has uplifted the games industry in general, Nintendo is in danger of alienating it's hardcore audience, even accusing the company of "immaturity".

"I like Nintendo. And I love old Nintendo. And both old and new Nintendo have brought so much to this industry that they should be proud and excited and even a little cocky when it comes to their amazing accomplishments.

"Anyone in our business should envy their ability to read, direct, and redirect the market. And to also – when they want to – make some world class, ground breaking games.

He added that the comments by Fischer were "really, really sad. And not so much because Nintendo seems to be telling a chunk of its loyal fanbase to go f*ck itself, but because it's just reeks of junior high school vibe immaturity bullshit."

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