PSXE Poll Update: Japanese Devs Should Stick To Their Roots
In another interesting poll, it seems the majority of our readers do believe that Japanese developers may need to "expand Westward" so-to-speak, but they shouldn't abandon their roots entirely.
Developers like Square-Enix have long since been saying they need to acknowledge the shift in power in the video game industry, and make a concerted effort to appeal to the ever-expanding group of Western gamers. This is why S-E just opened a new studio in Los Angeles this year, and why other Japanese designers have flat-out admitted that Western devs have surpassed the Japanese in many aspects of game making. But those who have always enjoyed the distinct Japanese flavor, and those who kinda like the significant difference between Eastern and Western projects, would miss the dichotomy. Many still long for the days of the good ol' JRPG (which seems to be falling by the wayside), and other quirky Japanese titles that have captured our interest in the past. Furthermore, one has to remember that Japan remains a huge region for video games, and their local developers might risk alienating an entire country in order to appeal to another demographic. It's a difficult situation, to be sure, but it's certainly good for discussion.
Now, we shift our focus to E3, which kicks off this week. Our question is simple: what game, which will either definitely or likely be on display, are you most looking forward to? Is it God of War III? Uncharted 2: Among Theives? Kojima's mystery game? What?
5/31/2009 Ben Dutka