Episode 48 - Japanese Gaming Culture in Decline

While Japanese video game companies didn’t invent the category, they have certainly been the most influential throughout the life of the industry. Neither of us would be sitting here doing this podcast today if not for the likes of Nintendo, Sony, Sega, and many others. In spite of the emergence of Microsoft as a platform holder, Sony and Nintendo have each taken their turns as the best selling console, which has kept this feeling alive that Japanese companies still dominate the gaming world. The reality when you go a layer deeper is that the Japanese gaming market is in steep decline and Japanese developers have never been further behind the curve. In this episode, Chris and Aaron examine the “why” behind the fall of Japan’s rich gaming legacy and offer thoughts on where it’s going next. In a pitch-hitting assignments segment, Aaron shares his thoughts on Yakuza Kiwami for PS4.