Today is Shigeru Miyamoto's 60th Birthday, a key personal landmark but also one that should be celebrated in broader terms by the gaming industry. Miyamoto's well-known description as the "father of modern video games" isn't just casually applied praise, it's a title that's deserved and has genuine significance. Nintendo's most famous developer is also now at an age where he's been adjusting his role to a more hands-off position, allowing younger developers to flourish; eventually his mind will shift to retirement. It says much that when rumours of retirement swirled last year, Nintendo's share-price dropped and a hasty clarification was issued by the famous gaming company. Life without Miyamoto seemed inconceivable.