On this boxed-in edition of EBC we discuss Amazon’s entry into the streaming media and gaming markets. Plus, Borderlands PS Vita Bundle and Pre-Sequel, Marvel makes a move into Disney Infinity, Nintendo talks new Mario and so much more!
TOPIC: IS AMAZON ON FIRE? With recent word that Amazon if competing with Apple for attention in the streaming media devices department, we evaluate what impact the Fire will have on gaming.
LINK: Amazon Announces Amazon Fire TV, its $99 Gaming and Media Box
MEMBER: Ian - Alexander Arts
Sometimes I feel a bit offended when Japanese companies talk about targeting things for Japanese gamers or American gamers. Sure, culture can influence people's opinions and so can language and translation, but a good game is a good game and a gamer is a gamer.
Bravely Default isn't popular in Japan because its Japanese focused, it's because it's well made - of course people from other countries will want to play it, too. A lot of the niche titles that are popular in Japan and not the US are just marketed badly or are just not that good in quality.
Imagine if Gearbox was complaining about Aliens Colonial Marines sales in Japan. They might give the same excuse, "We built this for an American audience, for fans of the Alien movies. It didn't sell well in Japan because we didn't target their preferences." That might be partially true, but the reason it didn't sell as well there is because it sucks! It sold more in the US because there are fans there who will buy anything with the Aliens name slapped on it. Just like they can sell terrible licensed Anime games in Japan.
Make good games, let people know about them, and they will buy them. Easier said than done, sure - but don't blame everything on culture differences!