Morning Hangover #58: Stephen Is A Heroic DJ And Japan Will Always Be #1 For Raymond


Posted September 21, 2009 - By r_pad

Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, get ready to turn Japanese this week, and keep reading!
DJ Hero
Stephen Johnson: We have a copy of DJ Hero set up in our game capture laboratory at this very moment, and after putting it through its paces a bit, I’m going to make a prediction: This is going to be a polarizing game. Some will regard the mash-up simulator as the game of the year, and other people are just not going to get it… like at all.
My reaction: It’s fun, sure, but, basically, it simulates an activity that I have no interest in participating in real life. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see a DJ in a club and think: “I want to be that guy!” So the idea of pretending to be him via a game (and sort of sucking at it, too) just doesn’t appeal: For me, playing DJ Hero gave me the experience of being bad at something I’m not interested in.
If, on the other hand, you have a different aesthetic than I have (and more tolerance for learning a completely new system of gameplay) you’ll be very into the complexity and vibe of DJ Hero. In spite of its attempts to hit a broad audience, I have a feeling DJ Hero is strictly for the hardcore.
Raymond Padilla: As many of you know, Tokyo Game Show kicks off later this week. As console gaming has become more and more Western, TGS isn't as important as it once was (still a frickin' awesome show though!). In general, Japanese game development and publishing aren't as big as they used to be either. Several Japanese developers and publishers have acknowledged this shift to the West, even naming their games so that they appeal to gaijin.
I'm probably part of the minority, but to this day, most of the games I love are made by Japanese developers. I want my Final Fantasies, my Pokemons, my Dragon Quests, my Kingdom Hearts, my SmackDown vs. Raws, etc. While I'm thrilled for the success of American, Canadian, and European developers that have made console gaming more Western, I'm a little sad that Japan is no longer the epicenter of the gaming universe (mostly for nostalgic reasons).
So my question for you, on this fine Monday, is where are you favorite game developers from?

TheFeed gang wants your thoughts on gaming, tech, what you're looking forward to at Tokyo Game Show 2009, and more. Let everyone know what you're thinking and chat it up with your fellow readers. Leave comments on anything and everything that's on your (gaming/tech/nerd) mind! The reader with the best comment will get a Hostess pudding pie of his or her choice. 

Morning Hangover #58: Stephen Is A Heroic DJ And Japan Will Always Be #1 For Raymond


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