Mario Video Game Inventor Shigeru Miyamoto on Design

In a superb new Vox video, visionary Shigeru Miyamoto addresses what has made his games—Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, Zelda and more—so powerful. Filled with insight and wit, the video explains Miyamoto’s emphasis on storytelling before programming and consumer’s want to feel a sense of completion. Miyamoto himself addresses his background in industrial design and how a game must teach a player how to play. …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

America's secret society branding, original designs for Super Mario Bros on graph paper and more in this week's look around the web

1. Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Clean-Up, Five Years Later Five years after a catastrophic earthquake and its resulting tsunami hit Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers continue to tirelessly clean up radiation. Ahead of the disaster’s 3.11 anniversary, National Geographic traveled to Fukushima to document remediation efforts. Where fertile farmlands once produced many of the regions crops, mountains of black sacks filled with contaminated soil …

The Original Sketches of Super Mario Bros

In a video shown at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Super Mario Bros co-creators Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka revealed the way they designed the now legendary video game: using graph paper. Digging through old documents, the two show off hand-drawn designs for various characters, levels and interfaces. After finalizing sketches, the duo handed them off to programmers who translated them into code. Head …