This is an interesting little post I found over at GamrConnect.
It chronicles the reasons why Japanese video game enthusiasts don’t really have a strong interest in games produced by Western (read: American) game companies.
This passage was particularly interesting:
But sales numbers don’t lie. Of the top 100 games sold in Japan in 2009, you have to go all the way down to No. 77 to find the one title not made in Japan — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
That statistic astounded me. In a country where games like Call of Duty and Halo have been absurdly popular for years, it’s crazy to me to think that they’re not just as popular anywhere else, ESPECIALLY in a country like Japan, which has such a popular video game community.
Check out this article if you’re interested in reading some insight into why Japanese gamers don’t seem to really have much interest in third-person shooters and free-form games such as Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty.
I hadn’t considered this topic before, but it’s definitely pretty intriguing.