Submitted by MattS 1023d ago | opinion piece

Keiji Inafune really needs to stop attacking the Japanese games industry

Digitally Downloaded writes: "This year’s Game Developer’s Conference was pretty hard on the Japanese games industry. Keiji Inafune has once again decided to roll out his anti-Japanese corporate rhetoric. He’s making a regular event of it, and once again, the man is way off." (Game Developers Conference, Industry, Keiji Inafune)

DigitalAnalog  +   1023d ago
Just another article trying to make point by taking things out of context.
How you managed to get this:

"At that time I was still at Capcom and I believe that they are one of the few Japanese companies that kept up with Western standards. We always strove to develop games with a global audience in mind"

to this:

"Now, bearing in mind this statement is made as a criticism of the Japanese games industry, ie, Inafune believes that Japanese game developers should be pandering to western tastes, then I have to say this: the guy has lost his marbles."

First off, Keiji is correct at his points. During his time at CAPCOM games were far more receptive in both western and eastern shores. At no point was there ANY indications that pandering to "western" gamers was ever brought up.

All you saw was "western" ignored the "global" refused to make direct comparisons pre/post Keiji on CAPCOM then proceed to over-sensationalize your headline in order to boost your journalistic ego trying to point out an inherit flaw that was not there in the first place.

If there's one thing I agree about this post, it would be the fact it was submitted as an "opinion piece" and a very poor one at that.
jetlian  +   1023d ago
I think you miss read what he ment. He thinks japan should make japanese games over trying to be western.

Global=western to keiji. The writer probably likes japanese style and doesnt wanna lose that.

In in the article if you read it big western ips dont sell major in japan but you don't see western devs going out of their way to please japanese gamers.
DigitalAnalog  +   1023d ago
I'm sorry, but I disagree. Zelda, Mario are Japanese games but they appeal GLOBALLY! Megaman, Biohazard, Devil May Cry, Silent Hill were Japanese games, but they appeal GLOBALLY! THIS is what Keiji meant and not what the author understood.
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jetlian  +   1023d ago
yea and theres way more games than those and even these games are being thrown under a bus as of late!!

Also note these are the most western games from japan.

All the changes people want would make these games more western. Fans" FF needs to be more open, REvil needs shooting and movement, zelda needs actors etc"

want western media bashing eastern gaming. Asuras wrath way to many qtes mostly a movie with little game play, ninja blade way to many qtes with average gameplay.

but heavy rain totally does qte with no real gameplay great game! they say story was the focus so gameplay didnt matter lol

binary domain gt review story cutscenes were to long 6.8/10 same with yakuza games story is a problem.

skyrim , mass effect, fallout can have all the bugs they want and still get 9+

Doesnt matter what japan does do right they get slighted.
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jacksonmichael  +   1023d ago
No, Phil Fish does. Inafune is basically acting as a motivational speaker - something that some would say is necessary.
LightofDarkness  +   1023d ago
Inafune is not "attacking" the industry. He's warning them of their impending doom, and he's right. This was more of a rallying call: stand up and fight, or lie down and die. Simple as that.

Japanese devs were the best in the business up until this generation. They just fell behind technologically and found themselves in a bit of an identity crisis (especially Capcom).

When he talk about keeping up with the West, he's talking about technology. Japanese games seem to lack the visual lustre of western games this generation, when they should be mopping the floor with them. With all the amazing technology available now, Japanese artists should be creating worlds that make Skyrim look like your back garden. Not in terms of size, but in terms of imagination. Look at Demon's/Dark Souls, for one (and only one, sadly). Sure, there's the rare diamond like Ni No Kuni as well, but these games should be more common than they are, look at how many AAA quality Japanese games were coming out monthly last generation.

Honestly, anyone who doesn't see that the Japanese industry is in trouble is either a deluded J-Fanboy or they have no understanding of the situation.
ash_divine  +   1023d ago
100% agree.
tantobanto  +   1023d ago
I believe both industries have issues but I prefer japanese games by far.

They feel like games. Whimsy, mystical, fun
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Fishy Fingers  +   1023d ago
Exactly, what does he know? Digitally downloaded are in a far better position to comment on the state of Japanese development scene, than some, world renowned, Japanese developer.
tantobanto  +   1023d ago
you realize we game alot more than most devleopers do?

They tend not to play many games at all.

While his points do have merit, western devs have been screaming about the same thing for years really. But it doesnt get the same press.
Seventh_Blood_Reborn  +   1023d ago
Inafune has my full support, criticisms (also if harsh) are useful for those that needs -if they really care- to improve.

I always prefer Japanese games, but now developers must make a clear step forward.

I want to see those developers as good as they once were.
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ash_divine  +   1023d ago
Exactly. He(Inafune) is only trying to help them.

He's not saying this stuff to be a bully or something.

He just wants the Japanese industry to come out of stagnation.

Like you said, time for a step forward.
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