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Japanese Games Get A Free Pass?

BagoGame's Aaron Magulick responds to Alex Hutchinson's assertion that Japanese games get a pass when it comes to story line and in game reviews while Western games do not. Read Aaron's editorial and tell him what you think about Alex Hutchinson's assertion?

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amaguli1373d ago

I'm tired of all this East vs. West mentality in gaming journalism. A good game is a good game, no matter what region it comes from. People need to stop with this, "It tells a good story...for a JRPG", or "There are good characters...for a WRPG."

geniusgamerdoc1373d ago

The Current Gen Consoles have stolen the charm off Japanese games which dominated previous gens.

GribbleGrunger1373d ago (Edited 1373d ago )

Nearly. The Western press and reviewers have systematically discredited JRPGs. They've managed to redefine what people expect from a JRPG and people have unwittingly been lead away from what was once their biggest draw: Charm. Now, because of the West, we see that charm as corny or overly sentimental. That WAS the charm and still is!

As for getting a free pass! Am I living in some alternative reality to some of these journalists?

amaguli1373d ago

It's like reviewers think they can't be fans of both Western and Japanese games. So many reviewers have drawn this invisible line in the sand, and if you cross it, watch out.

As for the free pass, Alex Hutchinson (creative director of Assassin's Creed III) said that journalist hand out free passes to Japanese games. I think he has it backwards.

yoshiroaka1373d ago

I think it more has to do with the west wanting to take over gaming.
The video game industry is growing into a big money industry now and the west want to run it the same way they basically have the biggest pie of the movie industry and they are using the media to push their own industry while down playing the east and for the most part it is working.

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Brosy1373d ago

@amaguli
Youre kidding right? Kojima is the most over rated writer in the game industry. His story are convulted and ridiculious. Yet western devs arent known for their stories like Kojima is. Seriously, if someone thinks his stories are of high quality, then they wouldnt know a good story if it smacked them in the face.

Gladiator
Saving Private Ryan
Reservoir Dogs
are a few examples of good stories, what Kojima writes is pure gibberish compared to a decent story.

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Summons751373d ago

No, wonder why we don't get as many good Japanese made games like last gen? Because everyone in the media bashes Japanese games for the pure reason that they are made in Japan. Harsh Criticism when it's deserved is fine but this gen is ridiculous.

I also find it funny when media places like IGN hype a game until they're blue in the face. Then when the public dosen't like it they pull a 180 and bash it like they never gave it praise.

Gaming media is really Pathetic honestly

smashcrashbash1373d ago

Yeah can we let this drop please.Don't let me break out the list of western games that get away with murder and the amount of glitches and problems that seem to just slide by reviewers eyes. Stop with who gets a free pass. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

yoshiroaka1373d ago

I cant believe he quoted Metal Gear as one with a "Gibberish story". Why? Because it isnt spoon fed to you and you need to follow the series and use more than half you brain to follow what is going on? I would admit it some stuff is dragged out but the overall story is pretty great and shows a lot of thought. You just need to get invested in the story and that isnt too much to ask.

There are japanese games with poor stories same as western games but metal gear isnt one of them.

amaguli1373d ago

I was pretty surprised at that too. I always that people praised Metal Gear because of it's story! I could understand with criticizing Resident Evil's story, but it is not like it is hard to follow or anything.

I just found it odd that he criticized Metal Gear for a convoluted story, but doesn't mention Modern Warfare in there.

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