Does anyone else feel just slightly put-off and uncomfortable when the GB crew (and I guess gamers in general) chalk up certain video game series as "Ehh, that game is just a Japan thing"? I've been noticing this more and more as of late, particularly from Patrick Klepek's latest delve into Japanese games (999/VLR, Fire Emblem, Monster Hunter). In fact, it was on the recent Monster Hunter Quick Look that he said such a thing that reminded me of it.
About how he USED to just think this game series was made JUST for a certain region of gamers. Maybe it's not so much racism as just generalizing. I mean, certainly the series is made in Japan, and that's where the majority of its demographic lies, but is that really a good enough reason for making those broad statements? He himself has been an advocate as well of "playing games and genres outside your comfort zone". And remember that article he made about how ZombieU 'should have been terrible' (that was the exact title of the article) just because it was a silly name and a launch title?
I guess I'm just not a particular fan of judging games before they're released, because we've been proving ourselves wrong time and time again. Dragon's Dogma 'should have been terrible'. Aliens: Colonial Marines 'should have been amazing'. I guess this all comes down to the debate over gaming previews too that's been buzzed about.