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Itagaki On Shooters Taking Over: "Do I Look Worried?"

Tomonobu Itagaki is a personality. He says what he wants to say, when he wants to say it. Period.

And during a recent Gamasutra interview, the Ninja Gaiden guru spoke about his interest in the military (and what military shooters have to do to become more realistic), and how the changing landscape affects our reaction to top-heavy babes.

But he was also asked about the continuing Western/Japanese culture clash, the ensuing gap, and whether or not he's worried about this perceived tendency for shooters. The industry loves those FPSs but we still say there's plenty of variety out there. On the other hand, Itagaki has a slightly different take:

"Well, games are all kind of the same anyway. It's just a matter of enjoying them. I don't know, it was the same deal when I was making fighters, and when I was making hack 'n-slash games. So it doesn't really matter to me.

My philosophy, or my passion, is to get to the top three in whatever I'm trying to tackle, and really, having a successful, high-selling game is a great thing to me. That's my personal preference. From an industry standpoint, of course, more variety would always be a good thing. Not everyone likes violence, after all."

But the best part of the interview is when he is asked if he's worried that shooters seem to be taking over:

"I'm not worried, no. [Itagaki removes his sunglasses and leans forward.] Do I look worried?"

Classic.

Tags: tomonobu itagaki, western games, shooters, video games

12/2/2011 12:26:15 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

Highlander
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 12:37:33 PM
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Am I bovver'd? Does this face, look bovver'd.

Yes, we can confirm, Itagaki is a fan of Catherine Tate.

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Oxvial
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 1:06:43 PM
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Never fan of his games, but I'm a fan of him the dude is hilarious.

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shadowpal2
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 1:08:47 PM
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Ok this guy is cool and all...but his ego.......seriously now hahaha.

"... [Itagaki removes his sunglasses and leans forward.]"

I wish to see him without sunglasses. God does this guy remind me of Takashi Miike. He IS pretty much the Takashi Miike of games I guess.

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coverton341
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:24:53 PM

Takashi Miike deserves every bit of ego that he possesses. IMHO anyway.

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Shams
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 2:59:28 PM
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No update on Devil's 3rd?

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eLLeJuss
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 3:18:05 PM
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I once wasn't worried too, until i took an arrow to the knee.

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Shams
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 3:28:11 PM

Heh, I get it. Cause he looks like he's pointing at his knee while talking all cool like.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 4:43:43 PM

should be, 'then i'

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Ultimate_Balla
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 4:33:47 PM
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LOL

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Snaaaake
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 5:57:21 PM
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Funny guy indeed, now where's that Devil's Third gameplay footage?

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 6:39:59 PM
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I read that interview this morning & I've got to say that it was a very good 4 page read.

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Excelsior1
Friday, December 02, 2011 @ 7:33:17 PM
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He shouild be a little worried. There might be a lot of variety out there but it seems shooters get the most attention and sales. The sales numbers these shooters have put up has skewed the definition of what a high selling game is. What is the definition of a high selling games these days? 8 million like BF3? 25 million like COD? Launching a new IP into that type of enviroment is tough.

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___________
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 1:40:54 AM
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god i love this guy!
he might be a arrogant pompous stuck up prick, but he always cracks me up!
makes no sense though, first he says all games are the same, then says games need to be different because not everyone loves violence.
then they ask him if hes worried about the saturation of shooters and gives that response.
sigh, can we have one interview without people contradicting themselves?

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Kevin5
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 4:12:24 AM
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"Im not worried, no. (Itagaki removes his sunglasses and leans forward) Do i look worried?"

Gold!

Now about Devils Third....

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, December 03, 2011 @ 2:20:12 PM
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....

YYYEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!

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