Tomonobu Itagaki, the mind behind Dead or Alive and two of the recent Ninja Gaiden games, went through a few rough patches during his long career as a game designer.

The former Tecmo employee delivered a heartfelt speech at this year's Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (D.I.C.E.) Summit, which you can see above thanks to GameSpot's recording.

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