Inafune: Japanese Gaming Has Declined, But It Isn't Hopeless
Keiji Inafune always speaks his mind, no matter what.
One of the first well-known game developers to call out the Japanese industry for its perceived decline, Inafune isn't happy with his countrymen's progress. During a PAX Prime panel, the former Capcom executive and Mega Man creator said things in Japan have only "gotten worse."
On the plus side, Inafune said that designers still have "options" that can be pursued. He cited Kickstarter as being one such excellent option, which isn't surprising, as he has started his own Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9, a retro-style side-scrolling adventure. The project has already earned $650,000 of its intended $900,000 goal so that may actually happen. Inafune believes Kickstarter can "show other Japanese indpendent developers that there is a way."
He also said game makers will require "great content" in order to receive lacking consumer support. Do you think certain Japanese developers and franchises can reclaim lost former glory in the new generation?
9/1/2013 9:13:07 PM Ben Dutka