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| "Re(1):I'm gonna talk about pixels damn it!" , posted Fri 7 Oct 02:42|
How are 2D games look upon on in Japan?
Are they seen as primarily kidís games or to be enjoyed by everyone with 3D being for the adult crowd?
It's seen as just another niche. I agree with iggy's 'retro' comment, like I'll see some 20-something youth pick up a 2D mario game and say something to the extent of 'woah, that takes me back.' 3D is just as important in japan, it's just that the otaku culture keeps gal-get games alive - the 30-year-old-lives-at-his-parents type, and arcade gamers keep shooters alive, as they do in the US as well.
Do Japanese developers slap licenses and brand names on the majority of 2D games in order for them to sell better?
I'd say it's about half and half - 2D games are cheaper to make, so work well as tools to just sell a brand, like Bandai does.
In North America most childrenís software is 2D and pretty bad, is this the same in Japan?
largely, yes. But of course bigger budget children's games, like princess peach or mario, are naturally much better.
All in all I don't think the view of 2D is much better in japan, by the majority of people. It's just that history is a little more important there, and so more people are willing to say "the old way was better!" Also, the console manufacturers are more willing to do for 2D over there, because the bars for entry are lower.