Tomonobu Itagaki never has any trouble speaking his mind.
But his Japanese countrymen may not like what he has to say. The controversial designer was pretty blunt in speaking to Gamasutra , saying his current partnership with THQ proves that US game executives know what they're doing. THQ boss Danny Bilson is a multi-talented guy so Itagaki says it's "really fun" to do business with him. Said Itagaki:
"Those guys know how to make games — so they know it takes money to make good games. Those two aspects are on a direct one-to-one relationship. So I think it's very practical to be that way."
Japanese game bosses, on the other hand…
"In Japan, management people sort of pretend they know what they're doing. Those management people, they say, 'I love games,' but they don't know how to make them… It's the opposite of practical. It's not practical."
You can bet these comments will generate some bitter flak, but then again, that's sort of what Itagaki does. But before you flip out, let's not forget that other big-name Japanese designers have called out the Japanese gaming market, including ex-Capcom boss Keiji Inafune and even the MGS master, Hideo Kojima.