Originally Posted by silverwolf0
Xenophobia is here to stay. So is racism, and ethnocentrism. The less of it the better, but you can't completely eradicate something that is so natural for so many people, as well as culturally taught and accepted. And I never said it was all-inclusive of Xbox users, just a large percentage. There are plenty of people, real life and on the web, who scream about how Japan makes too many girly games and hate JRPGs because there's no action, your not killing something, there's no blood, its too cutesy and gay, the male is another blonde emo shemale, or various other reasons. Those are all valid, and RPG fans are known to make similar complaints, but the general hostility by this xenophobic western gaming subgroup is more than just a little irrational.
Perhaps this is a large issue in Texas, but in most gaming communities online it's not there. Nor is it an issue here in Atlanta: the Tekken champion capital of the US. Not liking JRPG games has nothing to do with not liking Japan. I don't like JRPG games much anymore myself but that's more from being burned out on them last gen and the strides made by Euro and American developers in the RPG field. Seeing how the Wii and the DS are the best selling gaming devices in the world right now, I think most of us are OK with Japan. This Xenophobic nonsense is propaganda.
As for the Xbox having the best Japanese games, as someone claimed. I really don't know of any. There's a decent list of JRPG flops or disappointments, however, none of which sold spectacularly. Infinite Undiscovery, Last Remnant, Star Ocean 4, etc. Some so called exclusives, like Legend of Vesperia, are heading to the PS3 to make ends meet. Other non-JRPG games are multi-platform like Resident Evil 5. Also, if you ever followed Kotaku and there periodic Japanese console sale figures, The Xbox isn't just last, it is dead last. Maybe the Japanese are also xenophobic about an American product, or American games, but I don't know any personally so I'm not going to make that assumption. Many Xbox owner's I know of, in the States, in Texas, which is where I live, follow the mold I so described, which is why I am making this claim.
I said the Xbox has some of the best Japanese games. You are right, the Xbox 360 does have a lot of exclusive JRPG games and they do review mediocre like almost all JRPGs do these days. My meaning was that almost all of the big Japanese series are now on X360 as well. DMC, Resident Evil, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, Final Fantasy, and more. It's also getting a lot of love from the Japanese vertical shooter category in both disc and XBLA releases. JVerts are one of the most hardcore game types there is. Not only that, after the last update Japanese Indy Developers have their games on the US XBLA Marketplace. Beyond that the Xbox Live Video Marketplace has a whole section dedicated to Anime and they just premiered the HD version of Koroshiya, AKA "Ichi the Killer", the legendary cult Japanese hit.
The short of it is: The Xbox 360 is literally part of the heart and soul of all Japanese media available here in the US. If you like Japanese entertainment in the slightest, you owe it to yourself to get an Xbox 360.
And you are right, the Japanese do not adopt American games or devices very often. (Apple is an exception, as is Windows) This isn't from xenophobia but more from a unified form of nationalism. They like their own types of games and animation and at the moment, the rest of the world isn't super keen on sharing them. The Japanese have been watching and playing the same type of stuff since the 70's. They are not like America with radical taste shifts every few years. The Japanese are a fascinating and unique people. You'd probably enjoy learning about their culture. Start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_nationalism
This imaginary divide does not exist. People complain the Xbox has a lot of first person shooters. Of course it does! They are the most popular game type in America and Europe right now. Sony breaks their ass making and marketing the exact same types of games: Killzone 2, Resistance, R2, Socom, Warhawk, MAG, etc etc. Both machines are offering the same things to the same demographic.
The only xenophobia I see here is a few of you looking to judge people by the machine they play on and make massive gross assumptions for whatever purpose suits you.