You could say a lot of things about Capcom's Keiji Inafune ("he looks youthful"), but you can't say he's without a sense of humor. Why else would the creator of a video game about a man trapped in a shopping mall fending off swarms of brain-hungry zombies trap himself
in a shopping mall to fend off swarms of autograph-hungry fans?
Despite the veiled insult, fans lined up for a chance to get some of Inafune's brain droppings scribbled on various things. Fans like Joystiq VIP Philip Palermo, creator of the super limited-edition Joystiq-zilla tee
. Philip managed to make it out alive, but not before taking some great snaps of the mayhem, Frank West-style, and sending us in his observations of the event.
"Oh the irony. Dead Rising
Executive Producer Keiji Inafune celebrated the release of a game set in the middle of a mall by hanging out in the middle of the mall. Fans lined up outside the Redmond EB Games to meet with the man behind Dead Rising
, Lost Planet
, Mega Man
and etc. etc."
"Inafune signed copies of his new Xbox 360 game, as well as blasts from his past like Megaman 2
. Those in attendance included fans of his older games, at least one Joystiq reader and, curiously, a handful of Nintendo of America employees."
"The man on the right, displaying an excellent taste in clothing (ahem) goes by the name Raymond. I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw him walk up, but I didn't tell him why. Hope he didn't think I was laughing at him!"
Of course, Philip designed the shirt. Go Raymond!
Oh God! It's horrible! The zombie hoards have been sated with signatures and t-shirts ... don't look ... turn away.