Inafune: Making Games Is Hard, And I Hate My Job
Oh, so that's why. Disgruntled employees are always kinda gloomy.
Capcom boss Keiji Inafune has gone on record several times, talking about the decline of the Japanese gaming industry. One of his more infamous comments came when he told the New York Times that in terms of video games, Japan was "at least 5 years behind." Now, we find the Dead Rising 2 producer talking about "doing the impossible" and his job...which he hates. In a recent interview with Inafune cited by Kotaku, the Capcom executive replied to the allusion that he loves his job as follows:
"It's the opposite. I hate it! I want to retire early and take it easy."
He says that's why he's working so hard now and that "if one likes their work, then they can take it slow." For him, making games just isn't easy and really, it doesn't sound like he gets up every day with a smile on his face. Perhaps this was the fuel behind saying the Japanese gaming industry was "finished" and that Japanese developers are simply making inferior products. Maybe he's saying those things to push everyone in Japan harder and faster. Hideo Kojima was quoted as saying Japanese devs "lack motivation and passion," remember?
But however you view the state of gaming in Japan, if he's unhappy, those statements of his make a lot more sense.
10/12/2010 10:42:06 AM Ben Dutka