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Why American and Japanese games are different

Blake Snow

1UP examines the differences in American and Japanese game design including philosophies, camera control, save points, cultural interpretations, and linearity. Here are a few abridged concepts outlining why our games may be so different:

  • Americans are big on individuality, hence they like free-roaming environments in games
  • Japanese favor cinematic presentation over the added control of free-roaming cameras
  • American designers generally aim for realism whereas the Japanese seem to prefer more stylized graphics
  • The right to bear arms and a strong military influence could be the reason Americans prefer FPSs more than the Japanese where a military presence is almost non-existent
In essence, both societies rely heavily on their respective cultures for inspiration when making games. That's not to say the two don't have a lot in common, however; censorship of violent games is a contested topic in both countries.

[Thanks, Miniboss]

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