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Which do you prefer?

Japanese 122 65.24%
 
Western 50 26.74%
 
See results 13 6.95%
 
Total:185

The results and sales barely correlate...

I prefer Japanese games because they constantly and inherently taught me that it was okay to make something different be something different as long as you own it. Much of it was through RPGs but I owe my sense of gaming to Japanese developers. Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Zelda, I mean... all the big wigs came from that little island. I honestly thank God for the creative minds because I don't know what I'd be doing today (hobby wise) without their games. Japan all the way!



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Ljink96 said:
The results and sales barely correlate...

I prefer Japanese games because they constantly and inherently taught me that it was okay to make something different be something different as long as you own it. Much of it was through RPGs but I owe my sense of gaming to Japanese developers. Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Zelda, I mean... all the big wigs came from that little island. I honestly thank God for the creative minds because I don't know what I'd be doing today (hobby wise) without their games. Japan all the way!

I wasn't listing the best selling franchises to make a claim that there is a correlation.

I just listed them to give well-known examples of each region's games.



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Skullwaker said:
Ljink96 said:
The results and sales barely correlate...

I prefer Japanese games because they constantly and inherently taught me that it was okay to make something different be something different as long as you own it. Much of it was through RPGs but I owe my sense of gaming to Japanese developers. Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Zelda, I mean... all the big wigs came from that little island. I honestly thank God for the creative minds because I don't know what I'd be doing today (hobby wise) without their games. Japan all the way!

I wasn't listing the best selling franchises to make a claim that there is a correlation.

I just listed them to give well-known examples of each region's games.


That was me just ranting. It wasn't a direct comment to anyone here, just talking out loud.



Ljink96 said:
That was me just ranting. It wasn't a direct comment to anyone here, just talking out loud.

Oh, okay. I thought you were trying to call me out or something. My bad.



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But I will give one edge to Japan. I rate Western gameplay and worlds above Japan's, but nothing will beat Japanese writing:

Japanese Writers: Kojima, Takahashi, Sakaguchi, Kitase, Kato, Mikami, Miyamoto, Ueda, Kamiya, Nojima.
Western Writers: Levine, Druckmann, Houser, Pagliarulo, May.

Bonus points for anyone who can name all of the games these guys wrote without googling it!



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Japanese, but I like both s2.



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Both, give them all to me.



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While Nintendo is my favourite developer, and I love Final Fantasy and Metal Gear, I think overall, I like Western games more. I tend to look forward to more Western games.



I used to think that Japanese storytelling was the best, but it's been lagging behind recently imo. For now, I think western games are better. MGSV and Persona V might tip the scale back in Japan's favor, until the new Fallout and Mass Effect come out, and so on.



I respect what a lot of Western developers are doing. It seems that they are lifting gaming into a new arena where a polished product full of freedom is at the forefront of the industry (see games like GTA V and Skyrim). The games are legitimizing the industry by shying away from the weird and the niche and turning to set pieces and movie like experiences (see TLOU and Uncharted series).

However, I can't help but think of the past few games I really loved, like just had fun playing, and most are Japanese (Bloodborne, MGS series, FFXIV). Despite not doing what the Western developers are, Japanese developers simply develop fun games with fluid mechanics.