Government-sponsored Media Arts Plaza includes 14 game entries--including Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, the PlayStation, and DS--in list of 100 items most representative of Japanese media.
The list was compiled based on questionnaire results to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Japan Media Arts Festival, a yearly event that recognizes creative and technically excellent media. List candidates were selected based on Web-based polls--some 33,884 people responded--and mailed-in surveys from artists, editors, and critics.
The list is broken into four categories--art, entertainment, animation, and manga--of 25 items each. Over half the entertainment category was composed of game hardware and software: Nintendo's Game Boy, DS, and Famicom (aka the NES), were chosen, along with Sony's PlayStation and PlayStation 2. The games selected were Super Mario Bros., Space Invaders, Final Fantasy VII, Puyo Puyo, Pokémon, Metal Gear Solid, and Dragon Quest I, III, and V.
From January 21, 2007, a special exhibition at the National Art Center Tokyo will showcase the chosen works.
Hmm, I also expected to see Final Fantasy VI. Still, I suppose that while Final Fantasy VI is seen as one of the top RPGs of its generation, Final Fantasy VII is representative of a new generation of RPGs... ...and some of the themes do smell more of Japan than do those of Final Fantasy VI. Anyhow, we can only hope electronic gaming will eventually become as highly valued in the West as it is in Japan today...
Interesting. No Final Fantasy VI or Dragon Quest IV. But it shows us evidence of the differences between Japan's preference and America's: Representing Japan - three Dragon Quests made the list and only one Final Fantasy.
Definitely a nice event in Japan. I really hope that they could make a "tour" and showcase that event in more museums around the world. I was really surprised to see manga like Slam Dunk (a personal favorite) and Neon Genesis Evangelion in the list.
Not to sound stereotypical or anything, but I really hope that Gozilla and/or the Power Rangers made it onto that list.
What!?! No transexual anime porn catagory?????? Don't these people know anything about japanese media?
DJGeki "Slow day for news, eh? It's not a building erected to pay homage, nor is it a museum exhibit...just a survey. Why, exactly, is this news?" Well, seriously, why is anything videogame related "news"?
Its weird that the Japanesse dont like Zelda as much as we do in the States because I would think OOT would be on there.
Slow day for news, eh? It's not a building erected to pay homage, nor is it a museum exhibit...just a survey. Why, exactly, is this news?
pokemon...it should have been there maybe 4 years ago but i dont think it deserves to have a spot now
FF7, jest plain awesome, MGS sweet, Mario, hmm hey its a classic. DQ 1,3,5 cool, i jest beat 8, and whats funny i found out that the game i played as a kid dragon warrior, was DQ1 lol, and beat it too, no wonder why the DQ sieres felt fimiler.
at last Nintendo gets the respect they rightfully deserve,Sony as well has some great games on that list
There isn't a comparison, FFVII completely and utterly owns FFVIII - X. Chrono Trigger should have been acknowledged though.
Cool to see three Dragon Quest titles up there, including DQ3 and DQ4, which were two of the best games ever made (regardless of genre), and DQ1 which helped popularize the RPG genre on consoles (though it was not the first Japanese RPG).
I'm glad the NES is on the list. The NES did ressurect the videogame industry after the Crash in the 80s. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the Crash was caused by poor quality of games when Atari, Colecovision, Intellivision (to name a few) were competing each other in the console war in the early 80s. Due to bad sales, this caused videogame companies to go out of business. To know more about the Crash, watch G4's Game Makers (used to be called Icons). If you can't find the time and date, check the G4tv.com for schedules (GameMakers might not be on the channel anymore, but double check just to be sure.)
NES, PS2 and Mario? Ok, Well deserved but please let me to let you know that Shenmue is in the list too... BTW Game Spot do you know that SEGA will release Shenmue III:Next Gen(Terilogy Pack) or no???
Dragon Quest first of all was the first japanese RPG, secondly japanese gamers have allways been appealed more to a story of magic and of a hero who saves the world... heck, I'd say I'm more of a japanese gamer than anything else... though I'm from the west...
Hey peeweeshift ... go read your history books and see why DQ games appeal to the Japanese more than most other things ... if you don't like it, save your comment for yourself. A nation of gamers can't be anymore wrong than your pathetic understanding of their culture.
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