With major Japanese developers moving towards creating games that with Western aesthetics, has the Japanese aesthetic been put on the endangered list?
I was just in Japan, and no, no they're not. Especially the likes of Tecmo Koei... there are so many games in Japan that don't get released in the West.
That is true but if you look at the titles that are in the stores they are very low budget for the most part. The titles that don't make it out of Japan usually don't for a reason. They are the typical... redundant fanfare that they know will sell to the local gaming community regardless of quality. Just a few examples: Love Death Gal*Gun Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! Super Galdelic Hour Derby Stallion All weird games that really get the attention of the locals but do nothing for most anyone outside of Japan.
Yeah, and if the current trend goes on, only Japan will get to enjoy Japanese games, which would suck for everyone else in the world.
Many of the games are region free. they may not be advertised anyplace outside of Japan but just go to PlayAsia.com or other online retailers to purchase. Just an example: http://www.play-asia.com/pa...
By region-free do you mean "also comes in English"? Because a game in a language I can't understand is pretty much a game I can't play.
Japanese games waning is very upsetting to me. Especially since DMC, 1 of my favorite Japanese games ever, is being westernized. this makes me cry.
MGS is the best Jap game series ever.
Problem with using Nier should be very evident: both games were released in Japan, which is why one is titled Gestalt and not just "Nier" as it was here in the West(regardless, it's an awesome game). Still, it's a shame the other version was not released here. One of the issues is one that's Western-created: the lack of popularity of the more traditional Japanese-styled games. At least here in America, shooters are king. Games like Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect and Dragon Age dominate the rpg market, while Gears and Uncharted head the TPS genre. The games that carry that Japanese aesthetic don't sell as well anymore, so it doesn't surprise me that they don't localize as many. Yes, it saddens me, because I've missed out on quite a few games I'm certain I'd have enjoyed, but I'm still not surprised.
No, the Japanese aesthetic is alive and well. Just because Capcom and SquareEnix have sold out to try and capitalise on Western gamers tastes does not mean the 'Japanese' games are dead... they will soon realise the reason they have been so popular in the past is because their games were NOT Westernised. The appeal of many Japanese developers games is that they provided a completely different experience to Western developed games.
the only thing that made sense to me from that article is "it's not bad that Japanese devs are starting to become conscious of the Western peoples' tastes, but it becomes bad when they start to compromise their identities, what makes their games so uniquely Japanese, to the point that their unique style is actually in very real danger for the first time" yup I'm a bit concerned about that too but japan's gaming industry is still strong though, they are just trying to appeal to a wider audience because of the increasing competition worldwide... the depth, complexity and the unique style in their games are still there you can easily recognize a Japaneses game from a western one....and i think that JAPAN is still the best at everything they do!
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