When Osaka-based Capcom isn't making popular video games, it is doing something else entirely: ragging on the Japanese game industry.
Last September at the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom exec and Mega-Man designer Keiji Inafune declared the country's game industry "finished".
Now it's Lost Planet 2 producer Jun Takeuchi's turn. "If the Japanese games industry doesn't evolve and simply maintains its current status quo, I really don't think we have a hope in hell," he recently told publication Xbox 360 World.
"Drastically innovative ideas are needed — and quickly — to equal or exceed the Western games industry."
Everyone gets so down on the Japanese game industry, but forgets one very important point: Nintendo is a Japanese video game company, and it has tons of ideas (some very good, some very bad). Regardless, that company has been pretty successful!