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  • unmanneddrone 2:53 am on February 11, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Yeah, I suppose it’ll be a PS3 nab for LA Noire. One thing I’m glad for is an Australian developer seemingly breaking the boom-bust or cheap contractor mire that is game development down under. One day, we’ll be able to sustain our own powerhouses without being supported as an arm of a big North American publisher/developer.

    And don’t feel you need to know something about Japanese mythology for Okami…seems like there’s this oft-romanticised exoticism about the folklore and fairytales of Japan that certain demographics of the West fawn over. Not to discount cultural currency, because every nation’s mythology is worth appreciating and can be rather telling about regional character, but you know what I mean. Personally, I found the Shinto mythology in Okami secondary to the loveletter to the imported Sumi-e art style – possibly the first form of expressionism and for an art style that emphasises transferring energy via impressionistic strokes, injecting life into polygons seems like the perfect fit.

    Have never been called for jury duty. I get romantic images of Twelve Angry Men. Doesn’t sound like you got lucky in terms of a media blitzed case. Next time, perhaps?

    On the topic of Japan…we’re a month away from Shogun 2: Total War. I haven’t touch the TW series since the original Shogun, and personally, I can’t wait! Few cultures can match the visual pageantry and pomp of Japanese warfare, circa 1300 – 1600AD – although that classic inflexibility certainly left tactical and strategic overhauls to outside influences. Let’s hope the AI problems that have allegedly plagued the prior titles have been fixed.

    As an aside, I live in the prefecture where the Portuguese washed up with their arquebuses and Christianity, changing warfare here forever. The Shimazu clan had been the ruling group since the 1100s and getting a few foreign boomsticks to reproduce in the mid 1500s made them an even greater force to be reckoned with, considering their numbers against incursions from Honshu always had them in an asymmetical position.

    Thus, really looking forward to playing as the Shimazu clan! And it looks gorgeous as hell.

  • RedSwirl 8:07 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink
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    Fantastic podcast man. You covered all the points that I commonly think about when I think “the fall of Japanese gaming.”

    I’ll agree that when we talk about the “fall,” what we’re really talking about is just the fall of Japanese gaming on home consoles. From the western standpoint, most of their creativity is coming in through the handhelds and I think there might be a very specific reason for that.

    If I have to bring up a main culprit, it would be Microsoft. Really in my opinion it’s a combination of some of the things @beige brought up: hardware, the internet, and sophistication, but all of those things were brought up by Microsoft.

    Every console generation prior to this one since the NES has been initiated by Japan. They were consoles and thus interfaces made to be compatible with that market that happened to be just compatible enough overseas to export. This kind of ended when Microsoft came into the space with a kind of gaming that resonated directly with western audiences.

    In 2004 and 2005 Sony probably had the least reason to upgrade from the PS2. The hardware was finally profiting on its own, it was mass-market price, and the platform was still getting some of its best games like Okami, God of War II, Yakuza and Shadow of the Colossus.

    Only Microsoft really needed to upgrade, and they did so in a way that the Japanese market just wasn’t up for. HD graphics for big home theater setups and our brand of online connectivity just don’t jive with the Japanese market (from what I understand). That also goes for Japanese developers having trouble with the hardware.

    This is the console generation of western dominance because it’s the first console generation that was started by the west. That has brought us to the realization that for home console gaming, North America is the market right now, which is why we’re seeing such a westernization of Japanese console games.

    Meanwhile, Japan has largely fallen back to the one hardware territory that is still its own – handhelds.

    The other thing I wanna bring up about the discussion is growing up.

    A while back before Final Fantasy XIII came out, producer Yoshinori Kitase admitted straight up that the primary audience for the games is teenagers. He even finds it perfectly acceptable for people to grow out of Final Fantasy.

    That’s all I can bring up off the top of my head now.

  • zegolf 4:34 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Arrgghh, , , Japan   

    @A.J. @sinfony Didn’t it come out a few months/years/whatever ago that there was a game on Steam that was actually running with the No-CD executable already built into the file system? I can’t remember what the game was, but I remember hearing something along the lines of the crack’s developer playing it and finding his signature in the exe or something. Who knows.

    Great show guys. I’m not really into a lot of Japanese gaming, so I don’t have a lot to say about these games. My attentions span, and current amount of free time, just don’t really mesh well with the Japanese style of gaming. I find myself with less and less time to log on to a game (as I’ve stated before) and, frankly, it makes me worried about my commitment to games like Fallout: New Vegas, and anything else remotely long in length.

    By the way, I take back my previous comments about playing Halo: Reach under protest. Amazing game and I’m really glad I got it. I’m looking forward to squading up with anyone that wants to play AFTER I complete the single player story.

    Also…FURAI MI TO DA MOONU…I see what you did there…

  • Pete Davison 10:00 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Japan,   

    SquadCast 2.3 Japanicide audio http www squadronofshame com… 

    SquadCast 2.3: Japanicide

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    Chris, Mark, Pete and Jeff set out to discover who killed Japanese gaming… for Jeff. Is Japanese gaming really dead? Are we just a bunch of racist assholes? What the hell is Tingle all about anyway? All this and more, only from the Squadron of Shame.

    Music in this episode:
    First interlude: Dream of Sky, Ocean and Rainbow from Bust a Groove.
    Second interlude: Suteki Da Ne from Final Fantasy X.
    Ending: FURAI MI TO DA MOONU from Bayonetta.

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