"Disrupting the Game" by Reggie Fils-Aimé

Review by Borodutch

I'll be honest: I had no idea who Reggie was before this book, even though I'm an avid gamer. I guess I haven't followed the Nintendo gaming community — I've always been a PlayStation and PC fan. The book describes the journey and the central wisdom of a head of Nintendo of America. Having grown up in the Bronx, Reggie went through the typical business track: MBA, large consulting businesses, executive in a few companies, head of Nintendo, and retired board member.

I'm unsure what I got from the book except for the internal view of large companies' somewhat dull executive industry. Interestingly, I don't think Reggie realized that, but he uncovered one of the most important parts of raising in large corporations: politics and proximity to decision-makers. If you aren't friends with your manager or higher-ups — no luck, you won't make it. And, gods forbid, you cross an exec; then you're a dead person walking.

Reggie's rules are pretty generic — yet can be profound if this is the first biography you're reading. Be true to yourselves, have a good work ethic, always keep learning, don't fear taking risks and responsibility, and yada yada yada. Also, the book reads more like a resume, making me think that the author took his resume and based the book on it. It was like reading STAR-system points: "I did that, I did this, it led to this, etc." — but with some parts missing. Sorry, Reggie, your resume won't be looked at at MANGA companies without the STAR system.

Anyway, should you read "Disrupting the Game?" I don't know. Maybe, yes — if you're a fan of Nintendo and you know who Reggie is. Otherwise, safely skip the book or read a summary. You won't miss out on much.