Kojima: Japan doesn't need West success

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In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has said that the Japanese games industry has an 'obsession' with worldwide successes, querying if it even needs such success.

"Do we really need to succeed worldwide?" he asked. "That's what I'm really wondering about. Everyone talks about overseas, overseas, but nobody's really thinking about what needs to be done if we want to succeed. We get obsessed with thinking about worldwide because we've had previous success with games and anime worldwide, but none of those successes matter nowadays," he went on.

"When you're making a game, it doesn't matter what nationality the team is -- I think there was a lack of understanding among Japanese developers on that issue. It all comes down to the team you have. Even if I brought in the best developer in the world, it won't result in anything if nobody around him understands what he says," said Kojima.

He also acknowledged a gap between East and West development. "It's hard to feel this when you're in Japan, but there is a gap opening between the West in terms of pure quality," he said.

Continuing on, he also discussed the structure of Japanese businesses. "Everything needs to be separate, down to the office and pay structure," he adds. "There are loads of talented developers overseas, but you can't get them unless you spend the money ... It's the difference between what you pay a Hollywood star versus a Japanese film star."

Kojima also acknowledged the failure of some to understand cultural differences.

"To put it in an extreme fashion, Americans like games where you have a gun and you're shooting at space aliens," he said. "If you don't understand why that's fun, then you shouldn't be making games for the world market; you don't need to. I mean, Japanese people might say 'Why space aliens?', but Americans will counter with 'What's with these games featuring these feminine-looking boys fighting in Japan with these huge swords?' It's no wonder the target audience for a lot of games is getting so compartmentalized."

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Omoshiroi, Kojima Hideo
yeaah you go japan! woooo!

i like anime boys who look like little girls
I totally agree with Kojima.
Kojima is a king [MOG]
I think this is whats wrong with series like Final Fantasy, Resident Evil and Silent Hill. They are all trying to become more action based to appeal to 'western audiences'. Western gamers want games like COD, Halo etc. not a Resident Evil based FPS. I'm not really a fan of these attempts to appeal to the western market. They get poor feedback and always disappoints fans. Japanese developed games use to be so original. I really hope they bring that creativity back, rather than attempting to live of the success of western games.
i would take re out of that

renagadez said: i would take re out of that


Why?
I don't like japanese games trying to be western made games. I totally agree with Hideo keep things separate I like having choices.
I guess I'd agree with this. More or less.

LMA0 said: I don't like japanese games trying to be western made games. I totally agree with Hideo keep things separate I like having choices.



Every jap company who has tried to appeal to the western audience has failed.

Seems like the jap developers think on a single person outside of japan like japanese games...
Just like he doesn't need Eastern success. Or Northern success. Or, scratch that, ANY success. Because there certainly isn't one person in America that will purchase a Kojima game, right?
Get over yourself Kojima, stop being so dramatic. Lately, you been so loco man, you should just chillax bro.

kiryuu0 said:

renagadez said: i would take re out of that


Why?


for me i didnt take this change as a way to adapt to the western culture. i would say re5 did that
I can understand why they would want to succeed in western sales considering there is such a massive market there.
obviously people enjoy japanese games and not just japanese people especially for the more popular titles. There was probably a damn good reason in changing particular japanese games to have more western influences but apparently gun blazing is all were good for?
Don't blame your "western" failures because of poor development and implementation on franchises that may or may not need a kick up the arse.

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