Mega Man Creator Agrees with Fish about State of Japanese Game Development

Are crappy games Japan's leading export?

Phil Fish may have insulted Japan’s entire game industry by honestly disclosing his opinion on the suckiness of Japanese gaming, but it appears as if he has a not so unlikely ally in Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man. Speaking to Wired, Inafune talked about the state of Japanese gaming and commented that what  Fish said was “very severe, but very honest.” He went on to talk about how he thinks Japanese developers are living in their past successes and that their attitude that “Western developed games aren’t very good” is skewed. While Fish’s comments may have ruffled feathers more recently, Inafune actually commented on Japan’s deteriorating game industry way back in September of 2010 which means he was “Pulling a Fish” before Fish ever did.

It’s a very interesting interview and one that you should definitely read if you’re a fan of Japanese games, though Inafune would tell you that you don’t really like Japanese games, you just like how they were back in the good old days. You may not like being told that you don’t really like what you thought you liked, but Mr. Inafune seems to know what he’s talking about and I’ll gladly change my sentiments based on whatever he says.

Sources

Wired

3 Comments Mega Man Creator Agrees with Fish about State of Japanese Game Development

  1. tanto

    Hes a hypocritical dumbass that is good for the media because he brings hits but hes really a joke of the industry whose act is so old most just ignore him.

    His favorite company is idea factory and nintendo, they rarely if ever seek outside help……when was the last western developed srpg or VN? or mario or zelda? or fire emblem?

    I mean he is so hypocritical his own company is making a jrpg on the 3ds, without any western help

    He generalizes all japanese games as shit……….and even when the interviewer said he still loves japanese games inafune was such an ass, he just ignored and rationalized it away………

    “Inafune said sales are dropping off in Japan, too,” There is actually no proof of this as

    http://bitmob.com/articles/inafunes-at-it-again-and-its-getting-old?comment_id=80330&subscribe=1

    proves

    “So then let’s go back and tackle the first part of that statement. Inafune thinks American games are the bees knees. And for Americans they definitely are. Two of last year’s best selling titles in the U.S were The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Both developed by Americans, for Americans.

    However, neither of those games sold particularly well in Japan. In fact, Yakuza 4 and Dark Souls outsold both of them in that country. At the very least, it’s unclear that Japanese gamers prefer Western games to their own, something Inafune is claiming. Even more so though, Inafune fails to support his most basic premise: that American games are better than Japanese ones.”

    Hes generalizing the entire industry

    mario galaxy sucks, disgaea 4 sucks, legend of heroes sucks, tales sucks, everything from japan sucks and its just hate, no fact

    “You may not like being told that you don’t really like what you thought you liked, but Mr. Inafune seems to know what he’s talking about and I’ll gladly change my sentiments based on whatever he says.”

    Hes considered a joke in the industry but a medias dream because hes a shit stirrer, after the comments no less than 20 japanese devs said hes an idiot but nobody cares about that

  2. Ethan Moses

    I actually think the West’s biggest export is corn, but don’t quote me on that.

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