Assassin’s Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson told CVG in an interview that games journalists do not criticise Japanese developers for sub par storytelling as much as they do with other developers.
When asked why does Nintendo gets it right all the time and is not criticised for churning out games based on the same franchises all the time Hutchinson replied, “You want my real answer? I think there’s a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists’ side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do. I think it’s condescending to do this.”
“Yeah. 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.”
“It’s patronising to say, ‘oh those Japanese stories, they don’t really mean what they’re doing’.”
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