Assassin’s Creed 3 dev: Japanese games get a free pass from western journos

Posted By | On 17th, Aug. 2012 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


Racism in games journalism? That’s what Assassin’s Creed 3 creative director had to say when it comes to Japanese and western games.

Alex Hutchinson, creative director of Assassin’s Creed 3, has said that western games journalist prefer Japanese games and score them higher.

I’ll give my own opinion here: I think that’s bollocks and such a thing doesn’t happen. He should actually give examples before throwing accusations like that.

Here’s what he said:

“You want my real answer? I think there’s a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists’ side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do. I think it’s condescending to do this,” he told CVG.

“Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There’s no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say ‘oh it is brilliant’.

“Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it’s the worst written narrative in a game ever. I’ll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.

“It’s patronising to say, ‘oh those Japanese stories, they don’t really mean what they’re doing.’”

Bayonetta’s story wasn’t even praised. I don’t really understand what he is trying to say here.

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  • Yeah.

    I agree (with the poster, not the ignorant dude). This industry needs a hella lot of growing up to do. I mean, you would never see this teenage mudslinging sht in other industry. For example, you would never see the french filmmakers accuse hollywood of given leeway etc.


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