Alan Kay & Nintendo

Apple enthusiasts love this Alan Kay quote:

“People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

I don’t blame them. I agree and I think it’s totally true.

And then they say that Nintendo should start developing games for iOS.

Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to control the interaction direction of an entire industry is insignificant compared to the power of creativity.

Nintendo was founded in 1889. Despite all the bad news I’m still pulling for them. And you should be too. If you like companies that take risks, introduce innovative hardware and software combinations, and back up their visionaries with everything they’ve got — pay attention. It’s ugly right now but there’s still fertile ground for a new hope. Unless, of course, you’re happy with all the players who are chasing the last great interaction rebellion.