GamerZines writes: The acclaimed games designer behind the globally successful Metal Gear Solid franchise, Hideo Kojima, has today spoken out in regards to his thoughts on the current direction of the games industry.
There needs to be a greater passion for JRPGs. Severely lacking this gen.
With HD games that require huge amounts of budget. So they opt for Wii, DS, and PSP games. Last gen, they were the ones that loved pushing the boundaries of their games AND their budget.
@Rockleex So I guess Polyphony Digital (people behind GT5) aren't pushing their game nor budget with GT5??? Then there are games like Demon's Souls, FFXIII Versus, hell, even FFXIII was a risk in itself being linear and going multiplat.
I am glad they are leaving the good jrpgs to the wii psp and ds it wouldnt get any notice on the ps3 or 360. I already have a list of 2 jrpgs that i must buy for the wii.
but those types of games have been done before, minus Demon's Souls. Demon's Souls and Valkryia Chronicles were the only 2 Japanese games that have come to the west and dared to change. FFXIII is similar to FFX just horribly worse. FFvsXIII is an action RPG just like all of Nomura's games(all action oriented from CC:FFVII, KH, TWEWY, Dissidia) GT5......previous incarnation boatlod of new features The problem isn't that Japanese devs aren't pushing the boundaries, it's a problem of market acceptance. The Japanese market simply does not like change(see DQIX). There's been plenty of changes in the gaming industry of Japan some good, some bad.
motivation is a key factor in many or most or everything!! and managers/bosses who dont realize that should be kicked out of their jobs.
I'm begging for more. I'm pretty much buying any jrpg that comes out on ps3 lol.the only one that satisfies me so far this gen is demon's souls.
@ranmafandude Yo same here man lol. But I think Final Fantasy versus 13 will change that.
You guys have to try out Valkyria Chronicles!
love VC started playing it again last night :-)
You realise all this lack of passion for JRPG's is down to microsft forcing the production of more westernised jrpg's on their console. Final fantasy 13 would of been a masterpiece if it stayed PS3 exclusive, that is the honest truth of the matter, oh well still waiting for versus XIII. The futures bright, the futures playstation.
Im not quiet a big RPG fan, but for some reason JRPGs have always cliked with me. I enjoy them but this generation, their hasnt been enough passion for those just look at Valkirya Chronicles, (did I spell that right), that game has got to be one the best PS3 titles out there and yet no one cares. WTF.
Funny, that is how I view people in general. Lacking in motivation in doing anything in life and waiting for a hand out called socialism. Thank you Obama! On topic, yeah JRPGs seems to have taken a hit as a genre when it comes to innovation or should I more accurately say evolution. Oddly enough, most if not all of this game genre is developed in Japan.
If everyone was motivated to be doctors, who the Hell would pick up the garbage. As much as you're blind to it, society is designed to keep a set amount of people down to do the dirty work! Must be nice to coast through school on daddy's money!
I think you mean thank you Jesus, since he and the early Christians urged everyone to give all their possessions to the church to be redistributed to those who needed them. How did American conservatives ever get identified with Jesus anyway? They are clearly very Old Testament instead. Whoa... way off topic. Screw you Activision. ; )
Yup, Obama's the reason people are lazy. When bush was in office there wasn't a single lazy american... ever.
Funny how most people who cry "Socialism!" don't even know what it means. Pretty much every single country in the world practices socialism to some degree. If you actually believe that you are a true capitalist then don't ever f'ng complain when you feel that giant corporations are above the law and massive companies like BP f' up like they have, f'n hypocrites. /didn't mean to rant, but ignorant people piss me off so bad.
Idle-you're just entirely wrong, then, and also have no understanding of what Socialism is on any level whatsoever. You think Obama is left wing in some way? Why? Just because he feels, fairly, that whatever the position of a family parents and children(most importantly) all deserve to be well and have the benefit of a modern health service? With the money wasted on defence every year, on bloody pointless wars in Capitalism's name there's little excuse NOT to have decent free healthcare for everyone. In fact there's no excuse at all and very little I've seen can defend private education either-what has the child of a poor family done wrong to deserve a weaker education than another kid lucky enough to be born into money? Western Capitalism pretends its meritocratic to justify it's existence but it REALLY isn't a system that rewards people for trying as you can never break into the club that it's run for-the mega rich who have always owned 90% of everything and, while the system exists, always will no matter what crappy choices they make-cos we poor gits bail them out every time yet it's the working class who Idle feels are lazy! And like handouts! I didn't see the banks refusing when they held their hands out after making millions unemployed! See, it's silly to say people WANT to be on benefit-they don't as the money is crap. People want to work and, trust me, since I became officially disabled my life has been crappy compared to when I was still able to pursue a good career-seriously, nobody bar the few feckless and few drug dealers who supplement their income with dole WANT to be on it. I'd give ANYTHING to be able to work again and find the insinuation that me and other poorly, and poor, people wait for a handout beyond offensive .Largely agree with Kon above me-most governments have some Socialist policies-but if that makes Obama a "Socialist" then lord help us all! He's as right wing as anyone in the Democrat party and the whole thing is just another shade of blue-nowhere near red. A Socialist leader of the US! I've heard it all now! Not now and not ever-much the same as 99% of people will NEVER WANT to live on handouts. Socialism is still this amorphous bogey man in the US it seems but nobody wants to actually find out what it means. OT-MGS4 still stands head and shoulders above every other game this generation on any platform but it's because, unlike their star men who keep doing great games-(Kamiya, Koj, Mikami, Miyamoto et al)some devs and directors are afraid to do the things Japanese games have always done well. They don't need wholesale westernisation as the west has that covered. We still love Japanese games as Bayonetta proves so make THEM and not pretend to be western, imho.
I agree. JRPG's need to be made with a greater passion and also needs better support. It seems like Japan is getting lazy in the game development department and it is affecting their ability to release high selling games. They are trying to copy us over here instead of trying to push themselves and develop their own way of making newer games. Kojima is always trying to push the bar and come out with something different. Even with his Metal Gear games, he try's new things and shows there is still some passion left over in Japan.
Talk about Off-Topic Quagmire.
And good for Kojima for speaking his mind, it's a relief to see there are still untainted, legitimately passionate and talented individuals like him that take pride in their craft. I'm glad he's so adamant about working with equally passionate and driven individuals, it gets me super excited for the incredible games to come. If it weren't for individuals like Kojima pushing the industry forward, the landscape would be a lot different.
Unfortunately you speak the truth. Though there have been some pretty good ones as well. I just wish there were more to choose from, like back in the PS1 days xD
Kojima has to understand.. he's a rare breed. It is what it is.
Passionate people that wants to use gaming to express themselves is what I want. You will get your nobynoby and you will get your ICO and you will get your syndicate wars and so forth...this gaming world is just blatantly suxorsyoursuxxors
PS3 has no cross game chat started at 600 bucks and is made by the japanese tell us something we dont know how is HOME doing by the way (chuckle)
You want Hideo to stop? NO thanks..
That's Korean, not Japanese.
@shingo Phantagram isnt doing the Kingdom Under Fire currently its all under a chinese company right now named blueside
sorry thats not japan smart one its china
lol disagree all you want but phantagram aint making kingdom under fire 2. Blue Side which is chinese is making it
That game looks sick though.
You guys take this jrpg stuff very serious don't you??
Wow, you obviously haven't played Mario if you complain that Japanese don' make good games... Nor have you played half the nintendo or playstation games, since i reckon an American company can never create the worlds that the Japanese make, or even put effort into it.. The only non-japanes developer that I feel puts a lot of heart into his games is Peter Molynuex (yes his games aren't the best, but you do feel passion)..
I'm reading this as him being sick of having to make MGS constantly when he clearly wants to move on and and try new things.
He's talking about some people he DIRECTLY works with. And even as far as Japan's educational system
Pardon my insensitivity, but I believe that Japan's educational system racks disaprine.
Geez, you have no idea about the Japanese education system.. It's very strict, with kids often doing cram school till late, after school.. A lot better than Americas
He uses two people he works with as example of how to do what your passionate about. His employees plan their day around the balance between what they have to do and what they want to do. He is saying that is what most people need to do.
By making one of the best franchises in gaming history, he has damned himself. No one will let him make anything else. The companies know that Metal Gear will sell, and so they will throw any amount of money at Kojima to make another, and another, and another, and another, and another until he's dead, and then they will pay the remainder of Kojima Productions to make more. It could turn out to be a case of, for example, Sonic, the original Sonic Team is long gone, yet there are still games being made, bad ones. I'm not comparing Metal Gear and Sonic as games on their own but as examples of a never-ending cycle. Kojima wants to make new things, like this taboo game and probably ZOE3, but it will never happen as long as there is money to be made from Metal Gear. Already he is talking of a follow up to Peace Walker. You see. Peace Walker just came out, Rising isn't even out yet and he's already talking about the next installment. The companies will pay Kojima to fill in every possible gap in the Metal Gear story, or to continue it. God forbid Kojima should do a Metal Gear game Post-MGS4 with new characters, he'll never get a reprieve. If he were to start a whole new part of the Metal Gear saga, and it sells well, you can kiss ZOE3 goodbye. Don't get me wrong, I love Metal Gear to death, and I fear Kojima will too.
more MGS LOL no but i would like to have Zoe3 too it will come ,it was just pushed back..
I disagree. He's created masterpiece after masterpiece. Any new IP he has will be well funded.
I <3 Metal Gear Solid so much!
I agreed with Kojima on his point of view. Japan gaming developers are lacking motivation and ambition, so are the numbers of interest in making video games are severely lacking in populations. Nowadays, those lads are more interested in making a sex video or a sex flash game. However, I think Kojima would be putting too much pressure on Japanese developers when comparing them to the western. When we say Western, we conclude the whole of EU NA region. Japan is just a small country in Asia region! China doesn't make international games, they usually work as Chinese farmers. Korea make lame MMORPGS.. Its really just the Japanese revolutionizing the gaming industry representing Asia region.
Whats you point about gears ripping off killswitch. Well kill switch ripped off Winback that predated them both i played winback on n64 and it did the cover mechanic first before either of them .
so. . . gears ripped off winback?
winback ripped of blackthorne?
Winback is an entirely different style from kill.swtich; that's like saying FPS and rail shooters are the exact same type of game. But if everyone wants to get ridiculous with it, Shooting from cover, and cover that degrades at that, all copied Space Invaders.
forgot about blackthorne. that used to be one of my favorite games. that and flashback
He's pretty much saying he's sick of all the politics in the gaming business, sadly its mandatory. However, I feel that he is just with the wrong publisher. I would love to see what he would do if he actually worked with Sony as a first party dev. They would give him everything he needed. I dont know why they haven't pursued him? He's not only a gaming genius, but he's a freakin money making machine. Just look at how many copies of MGS4 sold in one day.
at least kpnami not MS or activision. That said i dont see wut sony can offer him considering he has pretty much everything. that and if he was a first party dev then no releases for other platforms besides ps3. Kojima as is, let free not restrained.
Maybe he likes have some space/freedom? That's why he has his own studio so he could choose to work with whoever he wants and howeever he wants. I do agree with on he works with Sony, it'd be nice to see him and his team as Sony's first party developer.
This man speaks wise words that can be applied not only to talents of game creativity , but to the advancement of ones self i really do respect Kojima and others need to respect him too even if his titles dont come out for 360.
stop talking & give me a new ps3 only game kojima
#1 Life isn't about working. Unless thats what drives you to wake up in the morning. If so, then I feel sad for you. #2 Who wants to be motivated putting in excessive hours. Sure if you sell your soul to your "job" then great. See how you feel at 65-70. Are you fullfilled? You can't so easily require passion from people since priorities are completley different from person to person. Just because Kojima's life is centered around Metal Gear Solid and Game creation, doesn't mean thats a "Good Thing", nor does it mean that anyone should mimic him. It would be better, to focus priorities on where your going to go when you die and your beliefs, finding God, then anything else. Beacuse *NEWS FLASH* every single one of you is going to DIE! No escaping that. We have a 100% - 1 mortality rate. The 1 being Jesus the Christ. If anything, Kojima-sans, priorities have allowed myself and others to experience something that is a fun time-filler, so thank you, they are definetly fun time-fillers. The key is "Time-Filler" because that is all it is.
very few of us on earth are so lucky. Which is probably why you disagree with him.
Its all about priorities. Thats how life is. A few days after your closest relative dies, your sorrow leaves you, life moves onward, time never stopping. And if Kojima is on your mind when he dies, i'd be pretty surprised. Will I remember him? ... Do i remember family members? Sure, does it really matter? no. Does it impact my daily life? no. Does life move onward without a second thought about them? yes. Its how life is. Your life is like a vapor, here one minute and gone the next.
Your passion is religion,Kojimas is video games.Life doesnt revolve around Jesus we live than die.You worry so much about where you end up when you die you forget how to live for yourself.Kojima is a man,when this man dies well remember him through his beautiful work,thats what matters not your freaking spaghetti god.
do you have passion mr kojima? can you go away from your fail franchises and have real passion for games? because all i'm seeing is kojima's passion to movie direction. FAIL.
is a FAIL franchise, than thats my new favorite genre. the fail genre
MGS is one of the most loved/respected franchises in gaming history
WAS is the missing word in your post there. MGS1-3 are beloved, 4 was garbage. IT got good reviews by default because its an MGS game, just like all mario games have to get high scores, but that game, if you even want to call it a game, was not very good.
Lmao you say thath MGS1-3 are beloved and then because of one game, in a franchise of 4 games the MGS saga is not beloved anymore? Really? MGS4 alone speaks for the whole saga? Edit: Forget it i just read some of your past comments and is clear that you dont like MGS4 because you cant play it on your beloved piece of plastic that is your 360.
you must be new to gaming too.......... you have to be to say some dumb shit like that.
I agree he needs to be making movies, not games. Its clearly what he really wants to be doing. But what he tried to do with MGS 4 making it 75% movie and 25% game did not work at all. And the movie part wasnt even good, the story in that game was so bad. He needs to direct movies, but dont let him have any input on the script or let him write anything, he's not very good at that either. He writes like a 10 year old. War.... has changed... genes, memes and nanomachines. Awful.
If he's awful in your opinion, you must really hate the state of story writing in video games in general.
Kojima seems to be getting a little big for his britches...