Kojima argues that Japan is acting locally instead of thinking globally

By Dave Oshry
17 March 2012 23:35 GMT

A lot has been said recently about the impending doom facing the Japanese game industry. Now, Hideo Kojima has weighed in on the matter.

Speaking to Eurogamer during the Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian, Kojima-san argued that the issue is that Japanese developers are too focused on the Japanese market and, “Aren’t really aware of what people around the world want.”

He says game creators are acting locally instead of globally and only making games that are, “Targeted at Japan and Japanese cultures.”

Meanwhile, he argues that western developers have achieved success because, “Western studios approach things from more of a Hollywood standpoint where they’re looking at making their games a very global success and looking at how they can sell them in various markets. ”

However, he also states that it’s not strictly about Japan vs. the world:

“The key is it has to be a global game, it has to be something made for everybody. I want to get rid of all those barriers.”

To read the full interview (in which Kojima compares his company to the Starship Enterprise), head over to Eurogamer.

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