I would like to take this opportunity to, on behalf of our fine neighbours in New Zealand say the following: They are an extremely lovely and pleasant people, who are fortunate enough to be so slow of wit and docile that they won't have realized your very offensive racism, CJ.
Also, Australia is a country that is sparse of Mexican Take Away stores. This should not be taken as a reflection of us being a backward, stupid, or ultimately worthless country. Unlike some places.
From my point of view, the issue I have with his statements were not because his output (or lack of) or even that he is part of the industry. My issue with what he said was the manner with which he said them and then responding to twitter replies with "suck my d--k" (No, he did. Really.). That just makes you a huge @sshole whose opinion, if it carried any truth or incisive insight, is now lost because you have no interpersonal and communication skills.
I think his point (and I could be wrong) was that Japan had stagnated as far as game development and innovation were concerned. That the west were far more nimble in changing to meet customer needs and invested more time in Indie projects that explored different play styles and methods. I think he may have said that Japan were, for the most part, producing the same games that they were 10 years ago; in many cases still using the same franchises.
This could have held a lot of weight if said correctly... apart from the fact that all of last year's top sellers in the west were all sequels. No new IP has really done anything in the past couple of years. Publishers are killing off anything that isn't Call of Duty or a proven franchise. And that he has made a f--king puzzle platformer. The last part is what really negates any opinion he has, for me.
If you're going to tell a whole country to try doing something new, innovate, and try not to use well-worn path of previous generations, try to back that up with an example. Not with a game that fits into the biggest groove the industry has
PS-I didn't think you were criticising his game, at all.
Just because he hadn't made a game yet doesn't negate the validity, or his right, to make a comment or judgement. If this were the case we would have very few professional critics in the world.
The only difference between a critic and a member of the industry spouting theories on what's wrong with entire countries is that some day, the industry professional will release a product that will be measured against the criticisms they applied to everyone else. And if sweeping, generalised statements are the currency that he deals in, then he won't care if people say "another f--king indie puzzle platformer with a unique art style? 2/10."
Getting reliable internet is not a reality everywhere, though. My options for internet are restricted to 1 option (which, I assume is an oxymoron), which is a USB 3G modem. I don't even live out in the middle of nowhere, either. Farmers that are living 30 000kms from the closest city have more, and far better options.
What have you decided to do on you Australian Tour?
I'm not sure of how many games I completed last year (I think about 15); all I know is that I bought more than I played or finished.
This year my plan is to buy no (NO!) games and to reduce my backlog as much as possible. The year is off to a good start:
15 - Rayman Origins
26 - Sonic Generation
03 - Alice: Madness Returns
25 - The Force Unleashed + DLC
26 - The Force Unleashed II + DLC
12 - Journey (fine, I bought a game. But I also played it straight away, so...)
17 - Uncharted 3
27 - Saints Row the Third
10 - Bully: Scholarship Edition
03 - Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
On top of these, I've been chipping away at a few others, meaning that I'm close to finishing a few more games on top of what's been listed. My hope is that this year will be about enjoying playing games, rather than enjoying hunting down bargains for games that I'll not get around to playing for months upon months.
Awesome episode, especially the icecream talk at the end. This episode seemed to be a little bit more upbeat than the past couple. Perhaps the whole team has been rejuvenated by CJ's practice holidays?
Even though I intended to join in on the Game Club, eventually I realized that I couldn't. My backlog is so extreme that I've promised myself that I won't buy any games this year. I'll be happy to join in on the next one if you pick a game that currently resides in my 'pile of shame.' Heck, the fact that you managed to pick a game that isn't part of the pile is impressive.