Keiji Inafune, Head of Research and Development at Capcom (and also the creator of Mega Man and Dead Rising), is a man whose words carry a lot of weight in the gaming industry. Developers who aren’t based in Japan may be interested to hear, then, that he thinks they’re doing comparatively well.
Inafune said according to Hiroko Tabuchi, “I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind.”
Then, to reinforce his point and make it come closer to encapsulating his own company, Inafune continued, “Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.”
Inafune’s observations are of course debatable, and we’re not going to suggest they be carved in stone.
They represent a sort of compliment to a lot of American game developers, though, so enjoy the pat on the back if you want.