Toshihiro Nagoshi Tempted to Punch Mouthy Western Journalists

on June 23, 2011 12:30 PM

The creator of the Yakuza series, Toshihiro Nagoshi, had to go through many interviews during the latest E3, but he wasn’t  pleased about the attitude of some of the journalists he met.

In his weekly column on Famitsu, Nagoshi revealed that many of the journalists that interviewed him resorted to the usual trite questions on why and how Japanese games would be generally inferior.

While he managed to keep his composure, he was actually tempted to punch the mouthy journalists for their ignorance, though he specified that the annoyance created by seeing his fellow Japanese game developers looked down on will also serve as creative drive for the future.

It’s hard not to understand Nagoshi’s feelings, as western journalists are getting excessively mouthy on the alleged inferiority of Japanese development as a whole, not to mention that bunching every single Japanese game as inferior reeks of ignorance and shallow journalism.

A bit of respect towards a veteran developer with plenty fantastic titles under his belt wouldn’t hurt, not everyone likes to continuously (and often unfairly) rant against his own country and colleagues like Kenji Inafune does.

It’s not so rare, nowadays, to see very solid games hailing from the land of the raising sun receiving inferior scores more due to the simple fact that they’re Japanese productions than due to actual quality or lack of thereof.
It’s about time to see someone getting punched for that.


 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.