Kojima on western and eastern environment design

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has weighed in his thoughts on the whole western versus eastern development debate. The legendary game developer focused his thoughts on the game environment in each type of development.

“The differences between the creators in Japan and the West in this industry… Japanese creators try to express the game’s environment through beautiful artwork, but western developers use technology to draw out the environment,” Kojima said through his Twitter account. “The Japanese make the models and textures carefully to create a world. The West use shaders, lighting, shadows, effects, and programming to create their world.”

While I fully respect the game’s Hideo Kojima creates, I have to disagree with him here. I think his descriptions for both western and eastern game environments work hand-in-hand with each other, meaning that both types of developers go about creating “beautiful artwork” and using technology to “draw out the environment”.

What are your thoughts?

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