Gloom and doom! It's not only Japanese game developers who are saying Japan's days as gaming's dominant force are over, but so is the mainstream Japanese media. An article in Japan's Nikkei Shimbun, the country's equivalent of The Wall Street Journal, entitled "The Melancholy of Cool Japan" portrayed Japan's declining domestic game industry. As the article pointed out, the top two game companies in the world are no longer Japanese but American: EA and Activision Blizzard. According to the piece, Japan's sagging game industry is the result of the country's declining birth rate. Another reason is apparently that 30-something-year-old gamers are busy with their families and jobs and have less time for gaming. The Japanese companies that should pull through this shifting and troubled market? Nikkei Shimbun says Square Enix, Tecmo and Konami. Huh, because we've heard that Capcom and Nintendo do okay outside Japan. Apparently. Japan Cool-ing Off? [AltJapan]
I really shouldn't make an issue of this, but I've never understood why transliterations of Japanese words into the Roman alphabet always turn nm or nb into mm or mb. I realize that to an untrained ear it's hard to tell the difference between shinbun and shimbun, but it sounds jarring to Japanese people and can lead to misunderstandings (there is no Shimmachi Station!). Also, is it really that hard to pronounce shinbun?