Itagaki On Gaming In Japan And Being A "True Japanese"
Perhaps the best rant on the state of the Japanese gaming industry to date has been made by Metal Gear Solid guru Hideo Kojima.
But it seems like every Japanese head honcho in the biz has something to say about the flagging gaming environment in the East, and the latest is Tomonobu Itagaki, Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive mastermind who is currently working with THQ to bring Devil's Third to life. Itagaki not only believes Japanese gaming is "dying," he also says all of Japan's rapid industrial growth has come to a screeching halt due to the government's poor investment decisions. This all came out in vivid detail during a recent Edge interview, where Itagaki says "Japan failed to import capitalism or rather, it failed to understand the lessons of capitalism, of a free market economy." When asked if Japan was rising in power between the '60s and '90s, Itagaki replied:
"Yes. They were doing great. But in the years they were doing great, they had to prepare things. The infrastructure, education, the things you need to do to continue to be that way. But the older generation failed to do that. But don’t think I trust those people who are trying to change things now. It’s not a good idea to trust people who are yelling things have to change. They’re salesmen, just salesmen with something to sell."
He calls himself a "true Japanese," and it appears he's actually interested in becoming a political leader in his country. The man has never had an ego problem - he calls himself one of the top three smartest guys in the gaming industry - but that might be exactly what Japan needs. When asked if he was willing to run for office, the answer was: "Yes. There have been some offers for me to become a political candidate in Japan, and we do need a strong leader."
Well, okay. ...could you do us all a favor, though, and make sure all your secretaries and campaign managers look exactly like the girls in DoA? We'd so become Japanese citizens just to vote for ya.
8/10/2010 10:36:16 AM Ben Dutka