The Quotable Itagaki

So. I'm just finishing up the last bits of transcription for an interview with Dead or Alive Xtreme 2's creator Tomonobu Itagaki. And I'm saddened by the fact that some of the choicest quotes?ones about the little rodent that oftentimes finds its way into his games; the super-secret "godhand" mode he's always hinting exists, but that may not, in fact, actually exist; and his philosophy on realism in games?might not ever see print.

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But then, it hit me: God bless the InterWeb and its penchant for randomness. Here is a place where strung together quotes from a possibly insane, possibly genius game designer can be given weight.

Here is a place for Tomonobu Itagaki and his best quotes:

"Let me tell you what entertainment is. Violence. Sex. Friendship. Death. Surprise. Betrayal. Dancing."?Itagaki, on what entertainment is. (Taken from an interview done with Xbox Nation magazine)

"The poolside games are so sexy that if you see them enough times, you might faint. When you see it, you won?t be able to fight the temptation of wanting to play with the girls. You?ll be able to experience the beach flag game, and it?s so beautiful and so impressive that you?ll be dreaming about it." ?Itagaki on Dead or Alive Xtreme 2.

"Poor Tina-chan. She must have scurried off somewhere. Maybe there was a cleaning lady walking around with a vacuum cleaner, who got a little too overzealous." ?Itagaki on the disappearance of "Tina-chan," a rodent oftentimes found in the Dead or Alive games.

"Everyone has to jump to keep moving forward, but instead of having a system where you jump and if you miss, you're sent down to hell, now we've made it so if you jump and you're successful, you get happiness." ?Itagaki, on something I am not exactly sure what.

"You may not call for God anymore, but you will scream the name of the character when you're trying to get her to do something you want her to do." ?Itagaki, on the mysterious "godhand" game system