Submitted by NYC_Gamer 1152d ago | news

GDC: Inafune's call to arms for Japanese devs

Develop:Comcept founder and game design luminary Keiji Inafune has warned Japanese developers that time is running short for them to 'save' their nation's games industry. (Game Developers Conference, Industry, Keiji Inafune)

NYC_Gamer  +   1152d ago
The East has fell off big time in the gaming industry.Only select franchises continue to be successful while others fall victim.
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Rayko  +   1152d ago
Gaming today is far more worse than the past, thx to western developers.
Yeah, now the western developers are taking over with games like COD, MW, Battlefield, Medal of honour, Ghost recon, Spec ops etc etc etc etc etc.

I think gaming today is far more worse than in the past when japanese developers ruled the gaming industry. I really miss the good old days. Now it can go years for me without playing any games.

I miss when Resident Evil was Resident Evil, not inluenced by western military shooter style.

I miss games like Shenmue, or other fun to play games.

Now it is all about sitting with a mic, screaming at small little boys, playing military games. Something really has to change!
Yi-Long  +   1152d ago
Companies like Capcom...
... seem to be more interested in nickel-and-diming their loyal fans and customers, instead of making the best games possible.

That's certainly not exclusive to japanese companies though, but a trend that seems to have jumped over from EA and Activision.

But where we in the west still have indie-developers and new young companies showcasing ambitious design and ideas (look at Journey, look at Fez, look at Trials Evolution, look at Super Meat Boy, etc etc), Japan is mostly still stuck in the old company structure, and most of those companies are very much stuck in the past, mostly trying to replicate old glory by chruning out mediocre crap, which doesn't work!

Pretty much the only japanese developer still pitching strikes is Platinum Games (former Capcom's Clover Studio), which keeps bringing out quality refreshing games in a wide variety of genres! (Vanquish, Mad World, etc)
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tantobanto  +   1152d ago

You do realize journey is a japanese developed game right?

You bring up platinum but you dont include them in the medoicre stuff that doesnt work? The west has hundreds of companies like that too

Nintendo, level 5, sega, namco bandai, image epoch, square, nis japan,falcom and more companies have been producing great games with great results

How the hell can you not mention falcom?
ash_divine  +   1152d ago

uhh... Thatgamecompany (the company that created Flow, Flower, and Journey) are an American company.

And say what you want about Platnium Games, but atleast their games still get people's attention. Which puts them leagues ahead of most japanese companies today.
maniacmayhem  +   1152d ago

If all you're doing this Gen is screaming at little boys then you have truly missed out this Gen.

To me, this Gen has been the very best. We have had great games like Fallout, Bioshock, inFamous, Mass Effect, Mortal Kombat 9, Darksiders and those are just a few coming from the West dev teams.

If you can't find anything today that is on par or surpasses Shenmue then your not just trying very hard to enjoy games. And I think you are letting nostalgia cloud your judgment.

Shenmue was a good game but I specifically remember getting pissed at it for the high amounts of grinding you had to do not to mention the "to be continued" ending.

Anyways I suggest you stop playing the army games and check out some other genres of games like...

Valkyrie Chronicles
Magna Carta
Resonance of Fate
Disgaea 4

These are just some games off the top of my head I have really enjoyed from Japanese devs. Give gaming another try I bet you won't be disappointed.
Rayko  +   1152d ago
Well, the best games I played this gen are following games:

Zelda:Skyward Sword
Super Mario Bros Wii
Mario galaxy
Wii Party + Wii sports
Uncharted series
Heavy Rain
Gears of war (Multiplayer)

Resident Evil 5 would be on my top list if it was scary, but it switched to action, and next step will be military-action, jesus christ.
zeal0us  +   1152d ago
"Perhaps the folks who are now running the show in the Japanese games industry are those who simply jumped on a bandwagon."

Looking at you Crapcom.

"Arguing that humankind is too keen to opt for an easy route if used to success"

Looking at you Activision(yes I know not a Japanese developer)
OmegaSaiyanX  +   1152d ago
This gen
I personally feel that Japanese games have been underwhelming in comparison to last gen when Japanese games on the PS2 were many and great.

This gen it seems they can only churn out a couple of games here and there and even then most of the time the games end up being a bit underwhelming :/
tantobanto  +   1152d ago
you do realize the ps2 was the most popular system in japan right?

This gen the ds and psp are, so the support theyve put on those trumps what the ps2 got
tantobanto  +   1152d ago
Lets be real.

He isnt saying the west is better or the west has originality

Its a positive, japan if you want to continue to stay on top you need to want it.

This gen japan consistently puts out the best product for 90 percent of genres: horror, platformer, rpg, fighting, puzzle, action, ect
Rayko  +   1152d ago
This gen Horror games kind of dissapeared :(. I, with many others had high hopes with RE5, but we all know how that turned out, and now RE6 as well.
Ghost250  +   1152d ago
Are u kidding me? No they have not, more like 20%. lets be relistic here out of all thoses genres the west has been putting out way better product than the east. Thats a fact
Lavalamp  +   1152d ago
Really? A fact? Well then please go right ahead and name those apparently better games in the fighting genre that are coming out of the west.
Rayko  +   1152d ago
Or please don't name those games. I am tired of hearing even the names of Call Of Duty, MW, Battlefield etc.

Go back and scream those bad m***** f****** words over your mic, and throw those grenades over and over again.
tee_bag242  +   1152d ago
Iv always been a fan of the Japanese gaming industry, but most of this gens games have a last gen recipe and feel. Eg still thinking invisible barriers acceptable and so forth.
I'm surprised games like Yakuza were never made into a modern 2 player beat em up with online support. I hope we see some more hits come from Japan.
JoeSchmoh  +   1152d ago
HOW THE FUCK CAN WE SAY THE JAPANESE SUCK WHEN WE ONLY PLAYED LIKE 25% OF THE GAMES THAT CAME OUT THAT COUNTRY! Through out the 90s and 2000s and still today we only get games that people think will sell here in the states! So much shit that will never get noticed that came out of japan like Beatmania, Guitar Freaks, the Mario Kart Arcade game made by Namco..shit in arcades you will never imagine would exist here in the states, because were all obsessed with talking shit over a mic playing a FPS game. Don't tell me the Japanese have fell off when all we have to show are fancy military shooters and games that simulate reality so I can buy a hooker and killer her. (GTA).
maniacmayhem  +   1152d ago
That's all we (western devs)have to show for this gen? There have been plenty of games from western developers that were not shooters or GTA clones.

And all those games you mentioned did come here to the states. The reason they didn't get noticed is because their counterparts came out for consoles.

The arcade scene is dying because consoles and handhelds can match the quality of arcades in graphics and multiplayer. The arcades in Japan are dying also, go to Akihabara and you will see a lot of the arcade centers closed down.
ZippyZapper  +   1152d ago
The games industry needs to come back home where it started, and that's starting to happen. I have no sympathy for Japanese devs. Video games are an american invention and tradition.
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ash_divine  +   1152d ago
Hey now, this why other countries dislike The U.S., our obsessive need to own and dominate everything.

It doesn't have to be "either or". The industry was best when both sides were thriving (ie. the majority of the ps2/xbox/gamecube days.)
NYC_Gamer  +   1152d ago
Most don't realize that video games were created in the western world.
BuffMordecai  +   1151d ago
It also crashed in the western world and had to be resurrected by Nintendo.
Rayko  +   1152d ago
...If the game industry is going all the way home with only military games, then I, with 99% of gamers will leave the gaming industry to die.

Thx to the east, videogames are funny to play, we also experienced games like Mario, Sonic, Zelda, Shenmue, Resident Evil (horror), Metal gear, yeah you name it, all thx to the east. Even a silly thing as rumble in the controller was a Nintendo invention.
DigitalRaptor  +   1151d ago
Shame that most of the true classics of videogaming are Japanese then, eh?

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