Sega’s Nagoshi: “Japan Should be Proud that Games Where You Kill People Haven’t Become the Norm”

toshihiro nagoshi

Courtesy of Maji De, we have learned of a pretty bold snippet that Sega’s Yakuza Boss Toshihiro Nagoshi let slip on the popular Japanese gaming forum 2ch.

When asked about violence in both the Western and Japanese gaming media, Nagoshi posted the following reply:

“I personally don’t think that I can, and will be able to, take the enjoyment of ‘killing’ and ‘committing crimes’ positively. America is pretty open-minded with those kinds of games, but that’s not the case in Japan. This is something Japan should be proud of.”

This naturally garnered lots of responses from other Japanese users, some saying that although Japan is more strict on realistic violence, they have lots of ero themed games. Some users even made the claim that the latest Yakuza games feature acts of realistic violence.

Comparisons were naturally made with America being generally much stricter with sexuality in video games, while sometimes even glorifying violence in all forms. All of the responses are very interesting, you should give them a read.

What do you guys think? Are the Japanese and Western gaming markets that different – and is that a good or a bad thing?

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  1. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    January 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    My two cents here: I don’t get why the hippies here in the US whine about sexual innuendo and boob physics but don’t make a single peep about violence. Oh the media does, of course, but all the gaming journalists and talking heads can yap about is how sexist gaming is. How about we focus on how violent it is? I’d rather see my kid playing Senran Kagura than Call of Duty Ghosts.

    So basically, it’s ok to kill people but not okay to admire the female form? Ok. Wanted to clear that up, thanks SJW’s for teaching me correctly.

    January 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Pretty typical difference in perspective between North America and most of the rest of the world. It is worth noting that Europeans are traditionally much more open minded about sexuality and repulsed by violence, so their line of thinking is more in sync with the rest of the world.

    Europe did manage to shed itself of its greco-roman inherited war fetish during the atrocities of the second world war, but it seems north americans inherited the habit during the same conflict.