Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba has hit back at those who talk about the "decline" of Japanese game studios, claiming it's a "joke" to lump every developer together, and pointing out that there are plenty of awful Western studios.
"I don't like it when people lump Japanese games developers all together into one group," he said in the new issue of Edge. "Frankly, I think it's a joke. What do these people know?
"Think about Western developers. There are many Western developers making terrible games, and then you see one like Infinity Ward making a game that sells 20 million and everyone goes, 'Hey, Western developers are amazing!' There are tons of terrible Western developers, just like there are tons of terrible Japanese developers. To lump studios together in great masses misses the point."
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance director Kenji Saito was on hand to add his two cents, more or less agreeing with Inaba's sentiments.
"I don't think there's a need to be down on Japanese games in general. Platinum is a company that is trying to push to the front and do big things. But I think it's true that some Japanese developers are still making Japanese games, and trying to maintain their status quos -- that's their whole strategy."
Phil Fish caused a stir earlier in the year when he said Japanese games sucked, but he's not alone. Even Japanese developers, such as Keiji Inafune and Akira Yamaoka have slammed their country's games. Still, I think I'm with Inaba. There are some annoying problems unique to Japanese development, but there are just as many unique problems holding Western ones back too.
Let's just admit that everything in the world is terrible and move on with life, yeah?