I am the Everyday Legend, and I am a male, 30-year old, Florida native and videogame fan of the most epicurean order. I'm also the father of a very precocious two-year-old.
I got into gaming when I was 5, and my Aunt and Uncle had an NES that they had bought because they thought it was the coolest thing ever. As a matter of fact, they weren't too far off of the mark. I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (naturally), and soon followed up with the very first Zelda. I remember the very first game I beat by myself - Megaman 2, in 1989. I was six at the time.
Shortly after that, I played Street Fighter II for the first time in a local skating rink and was hooked. Bad. Like, smack-habit bad.
I remember playing against the college kids that would come in there to hang out and chill - there was a lounge connected to the place that you had to be 18 to get in - and a lot of these guys used to come in and spend a ton of time and money on playing SFII. I learned how to play from these guys, and within a year, I had become just as good as they were. I was hanging out with people almost twice my age, and conversing with them on their level about a mutual passion - and that's where I've been ever since.
Videogames don't make up my entire life: I cook, I write, I sing, I have a full-time job and am still attending college for a degree in Computer Science. Nothing beats a good trip to a good bar where they serve good beer and have a good selection of good tunes. Also, chilled Junmai Ginjo (unfiltered) sake is the nectar of the gods, in case you weren't aware. Of course, those trips are very rare these days, because there is always another diaper to change, and leaving your kid at home in the crib is never an option if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.
Oh, and I really, really love sushi. I can put away amounts of that stuff that some may label as borderline genocidal.
He was a man who changed more than a landscape.
He changed an entire world, was largely responsible for making an entire entertainment medium the force it is today, and on the same week a video game earns more money than any other entertainment release ever in a twenty-four hour period, we lose the man largely responsible for the current industry that it was released in.
If Shigeru Miyamoto is the father of Mario and Zelda, Hiroshi Yamauchi is undoubtedly the one responsible for creating the universe in which they existed. He is the being who made the platform possible, the driving force behind the entire company whose name is still spoken with loving reverence by all of us who hold controllers: Nintendo. He was the driving force behind hiring the talent who created these characters and these systems that have provided us with joy and fun for the past thirty-plus years. And our world is far more than a little bit happier for it.
Yamauchi-san, you will be deeply missed. Your legacy reaches far more than your company's arms could encompass, and your echoes will continue to inspire this very young industry.