Gamasutra's recent interview with Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka raised many an eyebrow when Yamaoka described the state of Japanese game development as "in trouble" when comparing the Silent Hill 5 team to previous development teams. Perhaps the skepticism that has surrounded the American-developed horror game is unfounded, if we are to hear it from Yamaoka's point of view. Here is the complete quote:
"It's completely different working with an American team. There are of course advantages and disadvantages, but overall, I'm really impressed with the American staff and their technology. Their graphical and technical ability is amazing.
There's a huge gap, actually. They're very advanced. I'm Japanese, and I think this is not just with Silent Hill but with the whole of the industry -- I look at what American developers are doing and I think wow... Japan is in trouble."
There's a lot more where that came from, and most of it quite interesting. The full interview is here if you'd like to check it out. Yamaoka goes on to explain that Japanese developers are, on the average, older and not working at their full capacity (and also not making very good money.) American developers, on the other hand, are younger on average and are paid more.
This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.
Get more destructoid: We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out
Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.