Submitted by Aclay 1159d ago | interview

Keiji Inafune sets the record straight on Japanese video games

Gamasutra- Keiji Inafune -- he's best known for his integral work on such beloved video game franchises as Mega Man, Onimusha, and Resident Evil.

He's also known for ripping the Japanese game industry a new one every now and then.

But it's a misconception that the most vocal critic of the old guard of the Japanese video game industry somehow has a deep-rooted disdain for his domestic peers. If anything, Inafune isn't anti-Japanese games -- he seems anti-corporate, and pro-game creator. (Industry, Keiji Inafune, Tokyo Game Show)

NewMonday  +   1160d ago
"..in Japan, it's more about the company than the individual. 'Super-officially' it looks like a cooperation between big studios, but really the companies' profit comes first. In the U.S., it's more about the individual. In Japan, it's more about the company.

"It's really hard for creators to do real knowledge sharing. It's just difficult. And if there was any knowledge sharing at all, they'd do it behind the companies' backs.

"...I believe that [secrecy] did corrupt the Japanese game industry over the years. There hasn't been that individualism for the creators. It's been all about the company and the business. And when you're strong and stand as an individual, as a creator, in the Japanese game industry, [your company] rips you apart."

Publishers who are out of touch with the actual games are the ones ruining the Japanes game industry

just look at Square-Enix and Crapcom
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dredgewalker  +   1159d ago
It's sad that it was Japanese devs that revived the console era and now they're a mere shadow of what they were. I used to remember waiting for the next Square game to come out and I was always excited for it and never questioned if it was good or bad. It's not too late if they just fire, burn, eviscerate, pummel, smash, impale and obliterate Wada.
jimbobwahey  +   1159d ago
I dunno, I mean games like Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are considered some of the best, most innovative games of this console generation. Then you have studios such as Platinum Games, where everything they touch is absolute gold. Then you have Hideo Kojima who always releases excellent games and well, I fail to see how the Japanese industry isn't still doing brilliantly?

I mean sure people dislike Capcom and Square, but so what? Would people say that our games industry sucks ass because of Activision and EA? It goes both ways.
dredgewalker  +   1159d ago
I won't disagree that demon souls and dark souls are great games but japanese games back then dominated the industry compared to western games. I'm not saying that western games today suck cause they have come a long way and I enjoy a lot of their offerings. I'm just thinking that japanese devs lost a lot of their edge in today's generation.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1159d ago
When it comes to gaming originality...

Once you go west, you lose the best!
Kos-Mos  +   1159d ago
Well said.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1159d ago
Well agreed!
ShaunCameron  +   1159d ago

I have to agree with that.
OneAboveAll  +   1159d ago
He tells the truth at least. Just look at Capcom nickle and diming people for content already on disc. -___-
Andreas-Sword  +   1159d ago
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be great!
aiBreeze  +   1159d ago
Isn't this guy one giant Hypocrite? While I respect someone who was the integral part of development for games like onimusha, I can't help but want to call him out also.

How can a guy who supposedly seems anti corporate work on a game that's being co-created by a western developer? One of if not the biggest complaints us fans of Japanese games have is that they are sacrificing what fundamentally makes these games Japanese games in order to appeal to the western market. Isn't this due to the "corporate" nature of Japanese developers?

While I might be making presumptions in assuming Ninja Gaiden Z is doing just that but by working with western developers, it just seems to me like this guy stinks of hypocrisy.
Deadpool616  +   1159d ago
I don't think it's hypocrisy. I think he's just working with whoever will make the game be, what it's intended to be. Doesn't matter if it's Western or Eastern. Whoever can get the creators vision of the game made is what he's aiming for.
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aiBreeze  +   1159d ago
I really hope so. With a bit of luck what he says about his influence turns out to be true and it doesn't feel too much like a western game.

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