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Sony's World Game Project Seeks To Bridge Culture Gap

Perhaps this will help bridge the gap between two very different cultures.

For the most part, very Japanese-centric titles don't do as well in the US, and Western-oriented games don't sell as well in Japan. But if we can raise awareness on both sides, maybe things will go more smoothly. Who knows?

As noted by DualShockers, Sony's World Game Project will kick off on July 23; it'll be hosted by "a mysterious spokesman named Mr. Murata" and it'll take place at the Akihabara85. That's a pretty nice club from what we hear. Anyway, the idea is to turn Japanese gamers onto some of the Western gems they don't seem to appreciate quite as much; some of the games on display will be inFamous 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Resistance 3, and Shadows of the Damned.

And considering that the event has a "Vol. 1" tag, we have to assume that more such meetings in the World Game Project theme will take place in the future. Of course, we're wondering if we might see the reverse in this country... That's only fair, isn't it?

Tags: game news, world game project, gaming industry

7/15/2011 12:20:10 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

Kiryu
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:43:48 PM
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This is more required for the rest of the world to get some knowledge about Japanese Games.
I can name some 10 Japanese games that gamers in the world don't know.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 1:28:17 PM

hey Kiryu, after I beat Yakuza 4 do I get to wander around the city and do stuff?

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SayWord
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 4:41:16 PM

Yes you can world, even before the last boss if you choose too. You'll know when you can as soon as all 4 players can be played by choosing which one to use at the bar.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 5:30:22 PM

Thanks Word.

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Excelsior1
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:44:26 PM
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i noticed la noire was on top of the charts in japan thanks to bikersaint posting that info yesterday. so there are exceptions. shadows of the damned flopped pretty bad in na though.

i think the rise of the 360 and military fps is big factor in why japanese games don't do so well anymore. the market has trended away from the type of games japan makes. i think they know this, and that's why you see the farming out so much content to western developers.

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Highlander
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:59:53 PM
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Yes, this very much needs to be a two way program...

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Claire C
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 1:39:07 PM

I agree.

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Clamedeus
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 5:09:33 PM

Me 3.

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slugga_status
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 1:23:18 PM
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Definitely hope this goes both ways. I'm sure there are games that I've slept on. I'm all for anything that raises gaming awareness on a international scale.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 1:31:06 PM
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Great idea, this definitely needs to go both ways like Duke's women.

Though I thought Shadows of the Damned WAS a Japanese game. I'm still waiting for it to show up in my mailbox.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 8:28:21 PM

"...this definitely needs to go both ways like Duke's women."

I'm gonna have to steal that for something.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 7/15/2011 8:28:36 PM

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Dancemachine55
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 9:01:42 PM

Damn World. You should've copyrighted that when you got the chance!! Awesome quote!!

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RadioHeader
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 3:15:53 PM
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We all have our GT5. One game to rule them all!

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FatherSun
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 3:30:45 PM
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This Program may go further than Japan and hopefully the US. It is called the WORLD Game Project after all. Who knows where volume 2 will take place. It would be interesting to see how game culture varies in other parts of the world.

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BikerSaint
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 4:39:55 PM
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Great Idea to get otherwise unknown gaming gems out to the very places & people who might not have the chance or ability to try them out.

"My name is Saint, and I approve their message"

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Highlander
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 9:47:34 PM

I can't believe that I didn't immediately make the connection between the username and the icon. Bikersaint - The Saint - Roger Moore - The Saint....Very good.

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DjEezzy
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 7:40:07 PM
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I don't think Shadows of the Damned flopped in NA. It may not have done exceedingly well sales wise but from what i recall the game got pretty good reviews as a whole, including Ben's review here. I think this is a great idea to be honest. Japanese are missing out on some great games i think.

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___________
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 4:18:28 AM
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waste of time, getting a asian to play a non asian game is like trying to convince a granny out of there old habits!
in other words, you would have better luck moving heaven and hell!

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