Phil Fish, the outspoken developer behind the upcoming indie platformer Fez, had some harsh words for a Japanese developer at GDC.
According to the report, after the screening there was a Q&A session, where an unidentified Japanese developer came to the microphone and praised the movie, then asked Fish his opinion of the current Japanese game industry.
Fish responded, "Your games just suck," and went on to criticize Japanese development.
Some in attendance criticized Fish for his remarks via Twitter, but Fish himself seemed unrepentant on Twitter today, with a tweet that read: "im sorry japanese guy! i was a bit rough, but your country's games are f------ terrible nowadays."
So, my thoughts were that
I used to buy Jap consoles specifically to have their games but I certainly wouldn't do that now.
Japanese games had identity and a draw, titles like Journey, Dear Esther and Fez are the kinds of things that we'd expect from Japan but they were all made in the west.
I follow games sites like Edge and Hookshot and I've not seen anything from Japan to get excited about in a while unless I'm forgetting some? Sine Mora interested me, but even that has a Western co-developer.
I kinda agree with his statement, what does everyone else think? What innovations and great Japanese games am I missing out on? Or is it just that I don't have a 3DS and that's where all the Japanese games are these days?