Masaya Matsuura, the creator of PaRappa the Rapper and Major Minor's Majestic March, is calling for unity between the East and West.
"Developers in the East and West should not be too separate," Matsuura said at the Develop conference. "It should me international, and we need to work with more international artists. I'm very concerned about this point, and perhaps it could be bad for the industry. I hope things change very soon...That's why we need to work with international messages in games, and international themes like love and freedom and and nature and flight."
Matsuura, having settled the differences between game developers on the East and West went on to tackle the rap wars between the East and West coasts of the United States. "Y'all need to squash the beef in hip-hop," Matsuura did not say, "Because it's wickety-wickety wack."
But seriously, is there really as big a gap as Matsuura says? And if there is, is that a bad thing? Although I don't play a whole lot of "super-Japanese" games, I'm always glad they're out there, and that there's a definite difference in style between the video games of the two cultures. It would be a shame to move game development to the "middle" between the two styles and lose some of the most far-out examples of each culture's different style.