Miyamoto's First Video Game Experience Was Violent

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For many people, "Super Mario Bros." was their first video game experience. But what about Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of "Mario"? You may be surprised to learn that it was a game featuring guns! In my interview with the legendary game designer, he revealed the first game he remembered playing:

"My first experience was in a Game Center in Japan where there was some kind of arcade game that had the little stick figure gunmen, who would shoot back and forth. And that was even before the days of those block breaking games that were popular back then came out. But of course at that point in time I had no idea that I would go on to make games. I just liked to play them."

I mentioned that it was pretty surprising that someone so well-known for creating family-friendly titles would get his start with a game featuring gunmen, to which he laughed and said "That's true!" It's sorta like if Scorsese's first movie-going experience was "Babe: Pig In The City."