Anyone who has heard of Brain Age should be familiar with the game’s floating head brain coach, Dr Ryuta Kawashima. Despite earning around $11 million in royalties, Dr Kawashima refused to accept the amount and chose to have the sum donated to brain research instead.
Explaining, Dr Kawashima said that the amount earned from royalties was too much for him to accept and that since the research for his games was done in Tohoku University, the royalty should be put to good use in the University.
He elaborates on why he didn’t take the offer. “Two reasons: Firstly, it was too huge for my pocket. If I received 1,500 Euros, I would have probably taken it as pocket money and kept it a secret from my wife. Secondly, I made games as one of my research activities at the university. Therefore, I simply thought the royalty should belong to my university.” In a world where many people are overly concerned with greed, money, and personal well-being, it’s good to know that Kawashima is honorably putting research and the advancement of helpful technology at the forefront of his mind.
It is good to see such philanthropic actions in the game’s industry. Hopefully, the Nintendo Switch will get its own Brain Age soon.