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Old 02-05-08, 04:22 PM
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Brain Age designer gives away royalties

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Game researcher ducks millions in royalties
Co-developer of multi-million seller 'Brain Age' gave royalty share to college construction efforts.
By Mike Smith
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Ryuta Kawashima, the researcher behind Nintendo's Brain Age series of games for the DS portable system, would rather be working than enjoying $11 million in royalties he could have earned from his creations.

"Not a single yen has gone in my pocket," Dr. Kawashima told the AFP in a recent interview. Kawashima, whose likeness was heavily featured in the best-selling Brain Age games, is instantly recognizable to almost 12 million gamers worldwide.

Under the terms of his agreement with his employer, Tohoku University in Japan's north-east region, Kawashima was entitled to accept half the Brain Age royalties personally. Instead, he used the proceeds to help fund $6.5 million in construction projects on Tohoku's campus.

"My hobby is work," he said. "Everyone in my family is mad at me but I tell them that if they want money, go out and earn it."

Kawashima, who strictly monitors his teenage sons' gaming time, is currently working on a four-year project to study brain development in children. He's also cooperating with Toyota to develop a car designed to keep elderly drivers alert.
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Old 02-05-08, 04:25 PM
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The world might be a better place with more people like him.
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Old 02-05-08, 04:30 PM
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He's out of his mind, but good for him!
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Old 02-05-08, 06:18 PM
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He needs to start working his brain.
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Old 02-05-08, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Ryuta Kawashima
"Everyone in my family is mad at me but I tell them that if they want money, go out and earn it."
lol, that is awesome.
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Old 02-06-08, 02:58 PM
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Wow. That's crazy and amazing at the same time.
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Old 02-06-08, 03:06 PM
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That is awesome, nice to see that not everyone is driven by money above all else.
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Old 02-06-08, 03:18 PM
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Sounds like a fine example of a human being ... but I would have kept at least $5 million!
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Old 02-07-08, 10:54 PM
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That is amazing. I'm sure being accomplished he isn't hurting for money, but even still you would be hard pressed to find someone willing to give up 11m.
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