Thought of by many as the father of video gaming, Shigeru Miyamoto remains one of the creative world's most important and influential figures. Born in Kyoto, Japan, in November 1952, the well-known video game innovator was an adventurous child, frequently exploring the countryside that surrounded his small town, and venturing into forests and caves in search of adventure.
These experiences would later play an important part in his dream career. Miyamoto himself attributes a great deal of his adventure-inspired games to his childhood, most notably the sense of amazement and wonder that he felt as a child while exploring the Japanese countryside. Obsessed with manga and seeking a job as an animator, he studied at the Kanazawa College of Industrial Arts.
While Miyamoto's initial passion was for manga and static art, he saw the growing computer game industry as an opportunity to create visually impressive products that also allowed their users to be a part of the story. The gaming industry was far from advanced at this point – games like Pong had dominance in arcades, the color gaming was just becoming a technological reality.