What's Fumito Ueda Talking About on Twitter Following TGS?
The creator of Ico, Wander and Torico unwinds with Halo Reach.
You might be wondering what has been on Fumito Ueda's mind after he broke his long silence and showed off three of Tokyo Game Show's biggest games. I was certainly wondering, so I checked his Twitter.
On the afternoon of the 18th, Ueda wrote, "The chain of CEDEC, TV interviews, and TGS that has continued since the beginning of September has at last come to an end. To change gears, perhaps I should go watch a movie. Or maybe I should buy Halo Reach." (CEDEC is Japan's developers conference. Ueda gave a speech there where he casually showed something that might have actually been the PS3 version of ICO.)
In the end, Ueda did buy Halo Reach. He's apparently been playing campaign mode exclusively for now.
Ueda expressed disappointment at one area of The Last Guardian's Tokyo Game Show appearance. Late yesterday, he wrote "For the second year in a row, Torico has missed out on the Future Awards. Too bad..."
The Future Awards are selected by Tokyo Game Show attendees. This years awards, announced Sunday evening, consisted mostly of playable games, the only exception being Yakuza Of the End (which had an actual booth, complete with zombies and hot hostesses with guns). The DS version of Ni no Kuni actually took the award for the second year in a row, something that Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said was a bit embarrassing.
Silent Hill composer Akihra Yamaoko had these words of condolence for Ueda: "I believe something bigger is waiting for Torico."
Hideo Kojima had this to say to Ueda: "It's okay, my heart is totally taken. I'm looking forward to it. By the way, this year Kojima Productions also didn't get a Future Award."
Incidentally, Kojima's Japanese response has the word "Torico" in it. This is a play on the word Torico (yes, another one). Torico can also mean that your heart is taken by something -- my dictionary writes "kids hearts taken by an anime super hero."
In a later Tweet, Ueda said that he'd also been hoping that ICO and Shadow of the Colossus would take the award, joking that he's just being stubborn.
Finally, one little bit of non information about The Last Guardian. Are you wondering if Torico -- the creature the game (no one actually knows if that's the creature's actual name, though) -- is a boy or a girl? A follower asked Ueda this very question. Ueda's response: "Sorry, it's a secret."