Phil Spencer Visits The Initiative

Great update today with @DGallagher_LA @mattbooty and the team @TheInitiative. Incredibly talented studio challenging themselves to do new things things (and old things :-) ) in new ways.

Phil Spencer tweet on January 28, 2020

Nice to hear Phil traveling to the Xbox Game Studios during the launch year of the Xbox Series X. Also nice to hear that one stop was specifically at The Initiative since I predicted their game would be revealed this year.

Shuhei Yoshida and a Decade of Dreams

Shuhei Yoshida: A Decade of Dreams? – PS I Love You XOXO Ep. 4 — PS I Love You XOXO — Overcast

I think Greg and Blessing flirt right on the edge of my idea that Dreams could become an engine that PlayStation distributes, like I wrote about this week. The article they mentioned from Stephen Tailby at PushSquare quotes Shuhei Yoshida from the recent Impy Awards celebrating Dreams creations. You can see Shuhei’s statement on Twitch. I think the quote below lends itself the most to my theory and makes it feel like a slam dunk. 

I cannot wait to see how this platform develops, and how this tool will enable the future creators of video games that everybody will enjoy.

Maybe I am just hearing what I want to hear, but there is definitely more to Dreams and its Bubblebath engine than meets the eye.

Reggie Fils-Aimé — Present Value Podcast

Reflecting on Leadership, Pizza, Video Games, and “My Body is Ready” | Reggie Fils-Aimé — Present Value Podcast:

I’ve had this podcast queued up for a couple weeks and just now got to it. As someone who has been aware of and following Reggie as the President of Nintendo NA since the Wii days, it is uniquely refreshing to hear him talk with a focus on leadership: Even when his examples come from his time at Nintendo. 

I enjoyed hearing about the business decision to pack-in Wii Sports with each Wii system. There was great discussion about failing forward with examples not only from Reggie’s time at Nintendo, but at Pizza Hut too. My favorite discussion point though, was the importance of a brand and how a product can damage the brand, despite it being a financial hit on paper.

The episode is a rather insightful look at the leader behind the Directs and memes. Reggie has always been a force within the video game industry. I think it is safe to say that the students and leaders he meets in this new phase of life will be impacted by that same force. This podcast episode was a great listen.