EarthBound Central Q&A #4
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February 23rd, 2009 | Itoi
This week, Shigesato Itoi and his company of 40+ people are all on vacation in Bali. I think this is the second time he’s done this. It’s crazy that he can afford to fly that many people out there and have them all stay there for a week, then send them all back. But he’s Itoi.
Anyway, today, on his site, he left this message before leaving. It reminded me of stuff in MOTHER 3 somewhat 😛
Each time I went to Bali (Mato Note: with his wife, not the company) before, I always did this one thing, almost out of custom: I watched ants.
While reading a book or lounging around or yawning while I sat with my legs in the pool, I would observe ants.
Finding and carrying food, fights over territory, invisible boundaries, incidents and annoying onlookers, hard workers, slackers… For someone observing them, I would watch them all quite seriously.
My observation of ants in Bali has proven quite useful ever since then. It’s hard to explain, though.
But when I take the entire company with me, it’s not the same. It becomes “do, do, talk, talk, eat, eat, look, look”. There’s the fact that everyone is younger than me, but I don’t think I’ll have time this time to watch ants. That’s how it was last time.
But maybe I will try to mix in some ant observation this time too…
I wonder if his mention about his ant observation being useful later on had to do with MOTHER 3. There were a lot of ant-related things in the game where ants did actual ant things. Anyway, I thought that’d be interesting for people.
So the rule of thumb is: to be like Itoi, just watch ants!
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