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Re(1):Sales of the Damned
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[QUOTE] It is happening the same (slow) week that sees [URL=http://www.gamekult.com/actu/charts-japon-l-occident-au-pouvoir-A0000094467.html]Media Create[/URL] identify 4 Western-developed titles in the 4 first places...[/QUOTE] It's [URL=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/carmageddon-tempers-flare-as-405-freeway-shuts-down.html]CARMAGEDDON[/URL] in Los Angeles and now that I've been outed as a member of the Happy New World Gaming Communist Party, and I've been drinking fine cognac (well, VSOP, so maybe "pretty good" cognac), I feel liberated to speak candidly here. Firstly, although I'm not a huge EDF fan myself, I get a kick out of seeing the Western-developed EDF riding high on the J-charts. That team must be high-fiving the shit out of one another, and deservedly so. I have a feeling that Ninja Theory won't be facing the same situation with their DMC, unfortunately. Rebirth is a way tougher prospect than cloning, and I'm not sure people actually want them to succeed. Progressing through the alphabet... regarding DMD's sales, if Platinum Games can't create a true global hit with their incredible talent, I'd honestly be a bit disappointed (or at least kind of befuddled) if an EA-funded attempt to repackage RE4-style gameplay (or Dead Space gameplay, more accurately) with second-hand Suda-style eccentricity and admittedly S-Rank Yamaoka music were to become some sort of runaway success story for international game development. I think the game deserves to sell a bit better as an objet d'art, though. I'm sure the team was composed of many cool, hard-working people that deserve to get paid. And EA itself isn't even that evil these days. Speaking of Platinum, and being depressed at the state of the Japanese game industry and its collective sense of not knowing exactly what to do or vaguely how to do it, I'm reminded of the time Shinji Mikami addressed me as part of a crowd and literally apologized for being responsible for a commercial failure like God Hand, describing himself as selfish for making a game he wanted to make. He claimed he had been given too much freedom in the past and he threw poor, beautiful Vanessa Z. Schneider under the bus as well. I wanted to jump up on stage,grab the dudes collar, and scream WHAT ARE YOU SAYING MAN? FOR CHRIST'S SAKE GET A GRIP! And before I forget, speaking of Jesus Christ, JC walks into a hotel and hands the innkeeper three nails. Then he asks, "Can you put me up for the night?" I'm watching The Crow. Man, I am really missing the 90s right now. But anyway back to Mikami, I feel like he (along with his crew of dudes known as Tango) has a solid chance to do something great with Bethesda now, who seem to be fairly gracious and progressively-minded corporate overlords... or at least a company that's willing to spend some cash and take some risks in the interest of ascending to the position of MegaPublisher. I hope someone there sits him down and says, hey dude, don't worry too much about trying to please Joe Western Global Gamerson Gearslover McModern Warfare the Third, Esquire... just take this incredible wealth of funds and make something you think would be fucking awesome. Then I hope he does it.
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