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Itagaki: Japanese games industry is dying

Tomonobu Itagaki has joined Keiji Inafune in kicking the Japanese games industry while it’s down, saying it’s currently dying.

 

Speaking with Edge, the Valhalla Games Studios boss backed up comments that Inafune, Capcom’s global production boss, made at Tokyo Game Show back in September last year.

“I agree,” said Itagaki when asked about if he echoed the Capcom exec’s words.

“Japan failed to import capitalism, or rather, it failed to understand the lessons of capitalism, of the free market economy. What I’m talking about isn’t just limited to the games industry. I’m talking about what has happened in Japan since the ’60s. Japan’s destiny – the destiny of this era – was already determined then.”

And budding politicians out there – we mean you, Wyclef – watch out: Tomo wants a piece of the pie.

When asked if he’d like to become a political candidate, Itagaki said: “Yes. There have been some offers for me to become a political candidate in Japan, and we do need a strong leader.”

Itagaki to be Japanese prime minister by the end of the decade. We’re calling it.

Valhalla’s first game, Devil’s Third, was announced at E3 for a future release on PS3 and 360 from THQ.

 



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lol. Love this guy.



Atto Suggests...:

Book - Malazan Book of the Fallen series 

Game - Metro Last Light

TV - Deadwood

Music - Forest Swords 

Someone give it mouth to mouth! Seriously speaking, I don't think Capcom, Square Enix, Atlus, Konami, Nintendo, and Sony (and possibly Sega) are going anywhere anytime soon as compared to THQ....which reminds me more of Midway.

If the rest can't keep up, than let them disappear. 



 

Yep, lets make every JRPG and every Japanese orientated action game exclusive to XBOX 360 and it will help!



 

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leo-j said:

Yep, lets make every JRPG and every Japanese orientated action game exclusive to XBOX 360 and it will help!



Well, I doubt anyone besides Namco really lost on that one. Since most Japanese developers know the money is in the DS and PSP...atleast in Japan.



 

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“Yes. There have been some offers for me to become a political candidate in Japan, and we do need a strong leader.”

Itagaki for president

YES




Flow -"The important is to pwn other ppl"

Japan as a country is in tremendous trouble. Demographically they're extremely old, the economy is stagnant and the governmental debt is excessively high. Yes most of the debt if owed to the Japanese people itself but I read increasing the debt is coming from overseas and I would assume they would want higher rates of return then the Japanese are willing to accept.



Acevil said:
leo-j said:

Yep, lets make every JRPG and every Japanese orientated action game exclusive to XBOX 360 and it will help!



Well, I doubt anyone besides Namco really lost on that one. Since most Japanese developers know the money is in the DS and PSP...atleast in Japan.


Yep, star ocean, the last remnant (which is in the top 15 most wanted games in japan) and Monster hunter surely werent affected



 

mM
leo-j said:
Acevil said:
leo-j said:

Yep, lets make every JRPG and every Japanese orientated action game exclusive to XBOX 360 and it will help!



Well, I doubt anyone besides Namco really lost on that one. Since most Japanese developers know the money is in the DS and PSP...atleast in Japan.


Yep, star ocean, the last remnant (which is in the top 15 most wanted games in japan) and Monster hunter surely werent affected


Square Enix is still making decent amount of money, and Monster Hunter Wii? Really?



 

well i hope there wrong.