The story of the failed chemist who created a multi-billion dollar game
Japan has an amazing tradition of finding diamonds in the rough when it comes to game design. Miyamoto wasn't much more than a dude who made some toys before he got his start at Nintendo. Tomonobu Itagaki (who I choose to remember only for the Ninja Gaiden reboot) is basically a professional gambler. Satoshi Tajiri made Pokemon after barely graduating high school and started his company as a publisher of gaming fanzines.
It's interesting that Japan, despite the rigid employment hierarchy, seems open and accessible to the everyman with a genius idea.
The latest to be added to the list of unlikely Japanese gaming luminaries is Puzzles & Dragons creator Daisuke Yamamoto, profiled in this piece. This is a great story for anybody who is going through rough times. He started from an apartment without a bathroom, and ended up creating a game that has made over a billion dollars.