This should be a given, but I’m going to ask that anyone who’s stumbled upon this post should hold off on leaving a comment until AFTER they’ve finished reading the post in full. Okay? Okay. In exchange, I’m going to undercut the post, the title, and myself by giving a straight answer: nooooooooooooooooo. The land of the rising sun has released plenty of terrible games in the past, and it’ll always have the potential to do so. By the same token, the west will always be able to put out some of the best titles the world’s ever known -- especially with the rise of indie gaming. It’s not a black-and-white case, and it never will be. A good game is a good game, no matter where it’s from.
So why the post? Why the incendiary title? Well, I’ve been thinking (as I always do); I’ve been thinking about the games I play, and the industry as a whole. On top of that, I’ve taken note of my preferences -- and since I try to think critically about why games work (or don’t), I’ve been trying to figure out why I have the opinions and preferences that I do. Contrary to popular belief, there’s a reason behind my actions. They’re not always good actions -- and popular opinions even less often -- but I think I may have figured something out.