January 21st, 2008 by Brandon
When you walk into a game store and browse through the selection of games available, I'm sure you don't stare at them and think "Hmm, this one must have been made in Japan." No, often times we'll ignore the background of these games and buy them for their content, which is great. However, in a world filled with cultural differences and varied entertainment, it's not at all hard to pick out the western games from the eastern games. Why is this, you're wondering?
Well, think for a second about the kind of games you enjoy playing. Are they violent, bloody shooters with super hero style characters? Or, are they stylistic role-playing games with flashy environments, colorful extravagant characters, and detailed storylines? Surely, I don't need to further explain which category these two types of games belong in, you can probably figure that out by yourself. The real question here is, why are these two cultures so vastly different, and why do they affect our games?
In the first part of a three-part series, Portable VIdeo Gamer explores the cultural differences between western and Japanese gaming.