Do Japanese games suck?

Japanese games were once synonymous with breathtaking graphics, superior AI and immersive virtual environments. 

But those days have passed into distant memory.

But why?

Well, according to a 2ch forum thread translated by Matt Alt, the decline of Japanese video gaming can be attributed to a number of factors, including cultural limitations, sub-par designers/writers, boring game scenarios, an absence of FPS titles and a severe lack of management ability.

“There are certainly some valid points in these comments, but I don’t think it’s simply a matter of hiring pro screenwriters,” wrote Alt.

“The big issues with some (not all) Japanese games are things like interface, controls and save systems — among other things. Fix that stuff! And all that is totally manageable.”

Alt also emphasized that Japanese developers should turn their focus back to the domestic market.

“It has served the country well in the past. No reason why it couldn’t in the future,” he added.