Chalk Talk - Big in Japan

Today on Chalk Talk we discuss the impact that Japanese game developers have had on the culture, their current relevance as well as possible pitfalls.

This weekend on Chalk Talk we discussed the impact Japanese game development had on gaming culture as a whole, as you can see by many of the blogs and comments from the peanut gallery there was no clear side that GameSpotters sided on with this particular hot topic.


JustPlainLucas: Way before Square was SquEnix, it was known as SquOft. Uh, that doesn't sound very good. Let's just keep it pure and say SquareSoft. SquareSoft was Nintendo's best buddy back in the days of gaming when games were not on optical discs, but rather bulky grey cartridges. Life was good. Nintendo was on top. The role-playing game franchise was huge, and Nintendo had it covered, thanks in part to SquareSoft… read more.


NeonNinja: Maybe Japan wasn't part of the revolution that changed gaming in 2001 when Grand Theft Auto III and Halo: Combat Evolved changed what people expected from videogames and made the West more relevant than ever. But the simple fact remains that many Japanese developers have taken the biggest risks imaginable this gen, and their games show it in every way that matters…. read more.


ZanarkandTidus: People say gameplay is the most important thing when we play a game,but a great story,especially an emotional one can make a game with not so good gameplay a memorable experience.I've been addicted to numerous Japanese games because I loved their stories so much it was hard for me to stop playing those games because I kept wanted to see what would happen next in the story…. read more.


Gelugon_baat: Japanese game designers may have some of the most outrageous ideas for games, which may be a blessing in the eyes of jaded game consumers. However, the actual realization of these ideas may not make for a worthwhile consumer product…. read more.


DraugenCP: Whether these differences are grounded culturally or the mere result of socio-economic factors cannot be said with absolute certainty, but this doesn't prevent us from making - and I stress this - very general and vague outlines of game design cultures based on geography. These models would by no means be obligatory - who would claim that Dark Souls is a typically Japanese game? - but you could certainly identify certain trends and tendencies…. read more.

The Peanut Gallery

In addtion to the fantastic blogs on GameSpot we also took a quick Community Poll via Facebook and Twitter to find out what others had to say on the subject.

A very special thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's Chalk Talk! To read all of the entrants, you can check out this link here.

Extra Credit

Sometimes a good blog is simply a good blog, and these GameSpot members deserve recognition for their efforts and contributions:
- My Journey Through Metal Gear Solid: Part 1By:Setho10
- A Little Bit Of: Spirits By: lim_ak
- From Gamepad to Notepad, So you want to be a games journalist By: SuperMassive20

Next Week's Assignment: Achievement Unlocked

"Opportunity should be equal, must be equal, but achievement must remain individual." ― R.A. Salvatore
In game Achievements, something that simultaneously holds a great amount of pride and bile in the gaming community. Some games hold true to insuring that an achievement earned is one that took effort to do, while other games give you achievements for simply pressing play. Are they a complete waste of time? Do gamers really care about the number of achievements unlocked? Or do they help to establish a sense of value to the time you've put into a game, and possibly add depth to your gaming experience? Special Thanks to GameSpotter Jbul for helping to inspire this weeks Chalk Talk topic! Mark your blog as editorial and to sound off in the roll call thread here with your awesome Chalk Talk entry! Roll-Call.

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Discussion

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xSagez
xSagez

Dark Souls is one of the best games I ever played in my life. I just hope more developers can take note because there needs to be more like it. It's simply amazing.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Japanese games are the true and some of the best games made and the main reason i got a PS3 i just hope they stay true and don't try to keep up with usa games 0 > 0 fps

Romangelo
Romangelo

Japanese games are the real video games. I hope they'll continue what they did for decades. A lot of Japanese IPs have been ruined because they try to westernize it, that should be stop!

DraugenCP
DraugenCP

Woo, looks like I get to do some reading again in the next few years. I got really burned out on Japanese games in the past few years, so I'd love to know what others think of this.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

Geluon_batt just FYI he has said he doesn't even play console games.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

Americans made cars. Japan made them better. Americans made tv. Japan made them better. Japan made video games. America made them better. I grew up on video games. Japanese video games. They were amazing. Breath taking. Fun. Addictive. Innovative. Now they tired. Same old weird crap. Their is a jewel here and there. But Japan needs to get their heads out of their ass. There are threee maybe four decent devs in the entire country. In north American and Europe several dozen. Even miyomoto bores me to tears now. He is working on some new game IPs thank god. So let's see what he brings to the table. But really how can you all not be tired of the 23 mega man games. The 17 Mario games. The 11 Zelda games. Those are real numbers. Not made up. Final fantasy. Don't even get me started. Western RPGs are so much better now. I loved ff games until 13. Why do you think western games like skyrim outsell eastern RPGs now? What about games like dead souls and dragons dogma. They finally learned to adapt, drop the eastern crap, adopt some western notions. And they made some great RPGs that are from Japan but don't really fall into the west or eastern rig. Great games like the first Mario, even ff7, mgs, transcend culture and country. They don't make games that transcend their culture anymore. Well some. But it's rare. Resident evil. But as they go on they pick up more Japanese weirdness. Let's see with 6.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Is it just me or does it seem like the Japanese make more RPGs than you could play in a lifetime? I would like to see what it would be like if Western RPGs were made as much as JRPGs. It may be a bad idea, but I am super curious and there is only one way to find out. And I just wanted to add the pic for the link is pretty funny.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

dat davey lewis in the facebook poll.  saying Canadian garbage is American. Psh!

robfield
robfield

Its a shame that Japanese games do not affect me like they used to. Tokyo Jungle seems like the most interesting Japanese game to come stateside in a while.

Vince21C
Vince21C

 @Romangelo  And Skyrim, GW2, Halo, DotA, SC, Mindcraft, LoL, those are real games too >=T

Vince21C
Vince21C

 @Romangelo Nahhhhh...

 

Okami is a crazy Asian game that did alright overseas I think.FF13-X2 didn't really need QTEs but they did rush out FF14 so that was the main reason for that.

 

In terms of westernizing goes a lot of the FF characters end up being an Asian looking Westerner or a Western looking Asian, which isn't a bad thing to be honest. They are trying to market their games in a Western society too. You have to research and consider the location and the people you are selling your product to else you might unintentionally offend.

 

That's what happened to RE5...

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

 @inaka_rob i think its funny you bring up Resident evil becuse im 100% sure if RE was still a true survival horror game you'd not bring it up since re was a game at one time were you had to use your brain 

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

 @inaka_rob wow what a troll you are id say your 100% wrong it is true there are the off or weird JP games but who has there head up there ass? id say the usa on video games all the usa knows how to do is fps that or 3rd ps with zombies and 0 story 

Tha_Rnar
Tha_Rnar

 @inaka_rob Pst... The Americans didn't "make" the cars and TV, they were just the first to really mass produce them.

superjak95
superjak95

 @inaka_rob Americans made cars.... Japan made them better... But they are still shit compared to German cars Lol