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.