Capcom’s Inafune Says Japan Is 5 Years Behind

Says the man who made Megaman 9 and 10.

Seriously though, he wasn’t talking graphics-wise. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Keiji Inafune says “I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games,”

For a long time, the rest of the world looked at Japan and saw unoriginality on their video games. Carbon copies of same basic concept. World is in danger, up to young boy and his friends to save it. This is because Japan is afraid of change and another reason why they don’t like open ended sandbox games.

But Inafune is well aware of this. Hence why he is more for making westernized games like Dead Rising. “Capcom is barely keeping up, I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.”

This is a bold move, to step away from the norm and try something else, especially in Japan. But we here in North America are also suffering a creativity crisis. As Baker has mentioned, we are bogged down by first person shooters. They too are carbon copies of each other. Most notably is a comparison with Modern Warfare 2, Medal of Honor, and Killzone 3.

Can you tell the difference between the 3?

Anyways, I think Inafune is on the right track when it comes to catering to an audience. But I think it will take a long time and a video game industry crash before everyone else notices.

(via Gamasutra)

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Ian Long is the resident Canadian. Likes new games but prefers old ones. He is also usually the one that has an opinion that the rest don't agree with.