Hideo Kojima is a perfectionist. We all know that. But he also thinks that better technology highlights cultural gaps, which is an interesting position.
In speaking to GamesIndustry.biz , Kojima spoke about how technology increases the expression of culture in video games:
"We are able to put in more cultural differences from each country, racial differences. So we're facing a similar situation to that which faced Charlie Chaplin. He didn't need words to express himself in his movies but suddenly he had to include words in order to stay relevant. With this increased capability of expression through games, I think it's a matter of learning how to use it."
Kojima went on to talk about game settings: in the past, there really wasn't a cultural barrier because the older technology meant we couldn't really tell where we were. Is this Tokyo or Chicago? Tough to tell. But we can always tell now and Kojima said due to this advancement, "games have to become more Hollywood." But doesn't that new technology also mean Kojima and other developers can create exactly what they want these days?
Well, not quite.
"First of all, I've never created something that completely satisfies me. I don't think that, even as technology continues to improve, I will ever be able to create something that completely satisfies me.
Creating something is about turning impossible things into possible things, things you want to be able to do. If it gets to the point were I'm able to create anything I want, I'll probably stop making videogames."
Gotta love this guy. But if he's right, it means the better technology really has highlighted the cultural gap, which is why the Japanese gaming industry is flailing right now. So what can be done to combat it?