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The newest episode of the GeekWire podcast is available now, titled ‘My name is Reggie …’ Former Nintendo leader on his new book, and what’s next for games. Of course, Reggie Fils-Aimé is the special guest for the episode, answering questions about all of the aforementioned subjects.
If you’ve been following Reggie throughout his recent promotional tour, there will probably be some covering of old ground for you in this podcast. However, Reggie is a fan of GeekWire and the interviewer Todd Bishop, so you’ll get to hear him talking about Nintendo and his experiences in a format he’s comfortable and familiar with. Click here to listen to the episode, or find it on your podcast platform of choice. Below, find a few tidbits GeekWire posted from the episode in question.
The book is part of his larger effort to inform, mentor and inspire the next generation of leaders. Reggie is a first-generation American, the son of Haitian immigrants who grew up in a Bronx tenement, and the first member of his family to go to an American university, Cornell, where he has returned to teach as a professional in residence.
The memoir actually wasn’t his first idea for a book. Reggie originally proposed to write about all of the real-world lessons that people could learn from playing video games. He turned that idea into a speech but hasn’t ruled out the idea of returning to it for a second book.
He was a gamer and Nintendo fan long before he worked for the company. In one memorable anecdote from the book, when he was an executive at Pizza Hut, he stayed up until early in the morning playing Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past on the Super NES, only to come home the next night to the disheartening sight of his son defeating the final boss after picking up Reggie’s save file. His experience as a gamer informed Reggie’s approach at Nintendo, and boosted his credibility inside the company and with fans. “That’s the first insight that I would share: whatever it is that you’re doing, you better have a passion for it,” he says.