According to the NY Times, Capcom’s Keiji Inafune has had some harsh words for the state of Japanese Gaming. During the Tokyo Game Show this past week, Inafune stated that “I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind.” This is an incredibly bold statement from a man deeply rooted in Japanese gaming. These sentiments resemble similar thoughts that Inafune shared last year “Man, Japan is over. We’re done. Our game industry is finished.” The man obviously is not hopeful for Japanese gaming.
This isn’t the first time that a Japanese developer has been critical of games being made in Japan and it most certainly won’t be the last. Yoichi Wada, of Square Enix, acknowledged that Japan was falling behind, in his TGS keynote speech in 2008.
It’s disappointing that Japanese game development is falling so hard behind, but it doesn’t appear as if they will have an answer any time soon. At least there is hope on the horizon with games like The Last Guardian and Child of Eden.
Source: New York Times