Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto thinks virtual reality is for loners

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That’s a picture of Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto playing with the Wii U at E3. That image embodies why he isn’t a fan of projects like the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus virtual reality headsets despite its many advocates. The famed creator and game designer told Time that although Nintendo is doing research into VR, they’re concentrating on finding ways to make it fun for the whole room and not be such a solitary activity.

“When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U. And so I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play.”

The most cooperative gameplay the Nintendo Virtual Boy offered was when you smacked your friend in the back of the head during Mario Tennis.