“I think it’s because before I became a game developer, I wanted to be a pro gambler of mahjong,” Itagaki reminisced during a programmer cross talk. “If you let someone read your eyes, you may lose many chances to win. So I came to wearing sunglasses outside.”
Believe it or not, Itagaki doesn’t always wear sunglasses either. In the same Valhalla Game Studios discussion he says, “I thought it would be best to wear what I usually do in the office.” If these photos are any indication, a normal day is sans sunglasses and leather jacket. That look is just for press photos, apparently.