Assessing decline: the Japanese video game industry

Elsayed, Mohammad (2011) Assessing decline: the Japanese video game industry. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research project aims to assess the level of decline present (if any) in today’s Japanese gaming industry. Japan, once widely regarded as a bastion of the gaming industry, has transitioned to the current generation of gaming hardware (XBox 360, PS3) with less vigour when compared to their western counterparts. Using Keiji Inafune’s infamous TGS 2009 quote as the basis of this study, I am to investigate issues concerning today’s industry raised by Inafune and various other Japanese developers. However, it is also imperative to define what is meant by decline. A measure of failure can come in numerous forms, ranging from a shrinking domestic market to unsatisfactory performance in the global market. In addition, collapse could stem from a quality perspective, rather than a purely economical sense. I aim to assess the extent to which Inafune’s comments bear correlation to the current state of the Japanese gaming industry. Furthermore, sales data from journals and reports will help back up claims with regards to commercial performance. Research papers written by Izushi & Aoyama give us a detailed portrayal of Japan’s ascent to becoming a great power in the global gaming scene, noting influences such animation and comics. Additionally, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s concept of superflat visuality is a focus point when discerning the global appeal of Japan’s visual style in relation to gaming. Dean Chan’s paper on ‘The Cultural Economy of Ludic Superflatness’ adds further support to the notion that distinctive Japanese aesthetics are a focal point when determining the extent of the popularity of Japanese videogames.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 15:38
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40

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