Tomonobu Itagaki has never been afraid to speak his mind.
And now, the former Team Ninja boss and current Valhalla head man has accused the younger Japanese developers of being far too passive .
There's no denying that the Japanese game industry has declined in comparison to the rise of Western development, but Itagaki believes you can't blame other developers for doing a better job. Basically, he's sick of the Japanese whining.
"It's terrible that there is no younger generation of prominent Japanese developers coming through. The young people of today should be confident. Even if that confidence comes from nowhere, you should act like it comes from somewhere.
They shouldn't be afraid of a slap in the face. No…I have never slapped a developer in the face. But many, many times I tell them, 'you shouldn't be afraid of getting a slap in the face'."
We really wouldn't be surprised if Itagaki had actually slapped some under-achiever upside the head. The outspoken designer also says the Japanese shouldn't be so worried about pleasing the entire world. As he said, you "can never please everybody" and "even the masters, like Picasso," just can't make the impossible possible. There will always be someone out there who doesn't like what you create. But so what? Suck it up!
The message seems clear from Itagaki: make what you want to make, target a specific audience, and create the best game you can. The rest should just fall into place. While we don't always agree with everything this guy says, we have to admit…he makes a strong point.