Assassin’s Creed III director claims journalists are racist for forgiving Japanese games

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You have to love whenever a Western developer decides to open his mouth and speak about things that he has absolutely no idea about, touting his own superior product over an entire countries’ video games. The offender today happens to be Assassin’s Creed III”s creative director Alex Hutchinson.

In an interview with CVG Alex has stated that he believes journalists are way too soft on Japanese developers and their videogames, especially when it comes to most Japanese games’ storylines which he says are “literally gibberish.”

He went on to say that he believes that “there’s a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists’ side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for what they do. I think it’s condescending to do this.”

He also went on to compare the standard Japanese game’s storyline to more popular western franchises such as Gears of War, saying that “Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There’s no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say ‘oh it is brilliant.’ Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it’s the worst written narrative in a game ever. I’ll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.”

Perhaps Hutchinson does have a few reasonable gripes with his complaints, as a large number of video game storylines coming out of Japan are often a bit fantastical and sometimes jumbled, but he also seems to think that just because he doesn’t understand, or care to understand, most Japanese games, that they are “gibberish.” Well my friend, when a fighting game, a genre not well known for telling a decent story, creates hours worth of entertainment with it’s story mode alone, I believe you should bite your tongue. Either way, do you believe that this man is correct in what he is saying?

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  • No, cuz he’s a f**ktard.

  • Shriek

    Really? I find that Western games are forgiven more often when it comes to critics.. I mean, look at Call of Duty. It’s been pretty much the same game since CoD 4 and each game still gets 8-9s. Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the few JRPGs not named Pokemon or Final Fantasy to get high scoring reviews, and it’s one of the best Japanese games to come out this generation in my opinion.

    And what Japanese game stories are “literally gibberish”? I would have liked it if he gave a few examples, otherwise it looks like he’s talking out of his butt. The World Ends With You, Persona 3/4, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Kingdom Hearts 3D, etc, have some of the best video game stories released in the last few years, and they’re all Japanese. I honestly think he should try playing some Japanese games with an open mind, instead of going into them (if he has even played any) with his mind already made up.

    I like what both Western and Japan has to offer when it comes to video games. I lean more towards Japan, but that doesn’t mean I dislike the west. I enjoy Uncharted, Sly, Ratchet and Clank, some Halo occasionally, Bioshock, etc. I think both sides could learn things from each other, and loving one side and hating the other is foolish, since both sides have good things to offer.

    Just my $0.02.

  • and by rehashed Piece of SHit I mean COD.

  • Uh-oh! Sounds like this Alex guy is a racist himself! He thinks he’s better than anyone in the videogame industry. What if Hideo Kojima hits this guy in the face… ” You say Metal Gear series is gibberish?”

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