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[QUOTE]hello! probably about 20% of each? Then about 45% a massimo guarini game (he directed it) and about 15% a tim rogers game, who did most of the preproduction design, some of which was not changed. this is just speaking of creative vision here, of course, a lot of other people did the majority of the work. Oh, and just to reach 110%, there's a 10% bit that's akira yamaoka's awesome music, with some jun fukuda contributions. [/QUOTE] Awesome breakdown. Thanks for the info! [QUOTE] It doesn't feel like a "japanese" game, it feels like a game. Which is for the best! [/QUOTE] Well said. Games is games. From my own perspective, I was asking if Shadows of the Damned felt at all like the Japanese games of yore cos well, I really liked those arcade games. To elaborate on my question, I'd like to know if the game is self referential or if it's straightforward with its weirdness. One thing I really like about old arcade games is they tend to play it straight. Shadows of the Damned seems a bit more ironic, but that's fine by me if its fun and has good characters. The fact that Shadows of the Damned had an international development team doesn't phase me one bit, in fact I think that's pretty damn cool! It's difficult to discuss matters of cultural identification and texture in person. It's almost impossible to discuss it over the net. But why not give it a shot anyway? It seems as if some members of this board have dealt with gamers who look down on non Japanese titles. I've actually dealt with quite the opposite for most of my career. I know many people in the field who hesitate to play any Japanese games becuase they're "no longer relevant." They get angry if a game asks them to "press start" at the title screen! I don't get it! But we're still great friends. I guess the difficulty in discussing cultural identity in games is that people tend to fall into one camp or another (East vs West--FIGHT!). That or they assume that others must fall into those camps. But I don't see very much of that on this board, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. Just above, someone mentioned that perhaps we don't have so many flame wars cos this is a very international board with few Americans. Does anyone find any truth in this? I've found that when I go to Europe or Asia, people for the most part don't seem to have a "East vs West" mentality when it comes to consuming media. Most artists I know from France are not embarrassed to say they love Japanese animation, but many of my American colleagues hesitate to mention such things, and they feel obligated to qualify that love with statements like "but I love Pixar too." That's kinda funny right? Why are so many Americans so polarized on enjoying Japanese things? So many people are either fiercely defensive, or overly apologetic. This stuff keeps me up at night! (not really, but I think about it on the bus ride home)
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