I mentioned everything on the other thread (like posting the 2010 vs. 2012 pics). He definately looks worn down significantly. Another thing I wonder about is did SE not have intentions of forcing him out or were they waiting? They could have easily trotted out the faux health excuse back in 2011 when FFXIV changed directors, but they kept him around. What much changed behind the scenes from 2011 to now?
He was great for developing FFXI and oversaw the early content that made the game so great (FFXI original, RotZ, CoP, yes CoP. Has a great story & characters despite difficulty being polarizing), he did greenlight ToAU and let squishy Colibri get added and WS-based parties give way to TP burn-based parties, but things really turned south with WotG when a string of bad judgments occurred. Before, good calls outweighed all the stuff people were complaining about (or else FFXI would not have been so enduring) but after, bad calls outweighed the good that was being added. It seems he didn't evolve with the industry/player-base. Or maybe his disease was in the early phase with the only noticeable effects being a decline in judgment & decision-making in hindsight? That might
be the puzzle piece explaining why the baffling decision to toss out everything learned from FFXI for FFXIV and why not hire a bunch of new staff for FFXIV or FFXI (it felt like he didn't reduce it by 10-25%, it felt like he reduced it to a skeleton crew). I certainly hope he didn't get the disease from the negative physical effects of stress from producing FFXIV. That would make it quite nasty- to take a big chunk out of SE's profits, to
significantly damage SE's reputation, to weaken FFXI, and to debilitate the producer in charge of it. Umm... King Tut's mummified body isn't under the computers they're using to develop FFXIV, right?
There is more to life than
playing making games.
Best wishes, Tanaka. Thanks for the memories!
Fixed that for you. Or is it a crime to correct a moderator?
And this was an unrelated story. I saw it on NHK maybe a week and a half ago and thought "that guy looks like Tanaka". I found an ABC video of it, not as good as the NHK version- http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=14639708
(best resemblance at 0:28). The guy's name is Tanaka and his face looked to resemble Tanaka enough to make it seem like they're related at least some ways back (yeah, Tanaka is a common Japanese name but there does seem to be a resemblance). If anyone can dig up the NHK video, he talks on it for longer and the camera quality's better making the resemblance more obvious. It's a cool story BTW, making lifepods for people to survive a tsunami, complete with being able to float, fit 4 people and some supplies, watertight but with ports to open for airholes, bright yellow color to make it easy to see, and registration numbers to know who's likely to be inside. Just another manifestation of that awesome Japanese innovation. Ocean tosses a tsunami at them?... They make lifepods to be ready the next time.
BTW, did people know about the tsunami warning passed down over 1000 years in one town in Japan? The short version of it was a high point in town was a trap, that it survives the initial tsunami but bay geography causes a larger backwash tsunami wave to wash over it. It killed everyone who sought out that higher ground. The story was a warning that the hill there wasn't safe and they had to seek a higher one passed down generation to generation there, which they all remembered and did on March 11th.