Final Edit: (Even though most people are not going to read this anyways)
What I'm apparently doing a really poor job of saying is: I want more diverse and varied storytelling in games. Now if European developers wants to make very American games, and by American games I mean games inspired by the big Hollywood blockbusters, that's fine. But if that is the type of games they make because it's the easy thing to do, that would suck.
Japanese games feels hugely different from American games. They do that because they reflect the japanese culture and view of life and that makes them different from American games. That's why some people get really into Japanese culture in general; because it's so different and it appeals to them, because they get something which they can't get from American or European games.
What I'm asking is: Where are all the "true" European games? Where are the games with a uniquely British, French, Russian or Italian view of life? Why are so many European games so American?
I'm just wondering that's all.
I'm also not saying that more cultural diversity automatically means better games and I'm DEFINITELY not saying that they should make very European games no matter what. The developers should make the kind of games they want to make no matter what that is. I'm just wondering as someone who lives in a European country and who likes to watch both big blockbusters and more indiependent and experimental movies, which often happens to come from a European country, why so many of the games from European developers doesn't reflect the diverse "genre" of culture we have in books and movies. Yet most European games feel very alike. But Japanese and American games feels hugely different.
The "conclusion" in this forum seems to be that the audience simply isn't there. The audience for more experimental and culturally different points of views isn't there. Which is a damn shame if you ask me. In MY opinion, we need to see more culturally diverse stories in order for the game industry to truly flourish artistically.
That is what I'm trying to say and if you can't understand that, or that this is simply my own opinion, no I'm actually not speaking on behalf of the entire world, well then I can't help you.
Over and out.
I apologize for my poor English in advance. I hope it isn’t too hard to understand.
We need more cultural diversity in games
One of the things I really like about movies is the broad "genre" of different cultures available. Let me extrapolate: With games there only seem to exist two kinds of games; games set in America and games from Japan.
Now games from Japan has a very distinct feel to them. You are very rarely in doubt that you are playing a Japanese game when you are.
American developers often set their games in USA, which is understandably since its home. It makes sense to create something out from the stuff you know and are familiar with. But why do so many games from European developers also take place in America? Where are the Danish, German, Italian and Spanish games etc.?
I know there is a very obvious and boring answer to this. It wouldn’t make money to set a game in France and have all the characters speak French. God forbid you would have to read subtitles; of course they could always release a dubbed version in USA with English voices with stereotypical French accents.
Metro: Last Light is one of the few foreign games that have a very distinct feeling to it. It feels Russian and that sets it apart from most other games. I think that game did okay sales wise, but that might also be because it’s a fps, and a fairly decent one at that, but you can’t make every game a fps or else it will get boring.
I find it sad that more European developers are afraid to set their games in their own countries and have it be in their native language. But I realize that it’s way easier to sell a game if it’s set in America, but just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s the best/only solution. The thing that is most challenging at succeeding at is often times also the most rewarding when it actually does succeed.
Anyways what are your thought on this? Are you happy with just American and Japanese games or would like to see more games set in other countries?
I personally think more cultural diversity would be extremely refreshing and it’s something that needs to happen if the game industry artistically wants to blossom in my opinion.
Edit: Reading the comments in this thread it seems like some people don't understand that this is just my opinion, so I apparently have to make that clear again.
Also countries have different cultures and ways of looking at life and that is part of why I like to watch culturally different movies, it gives me something special and new. That is what I want to see in games. I want to see more studios making games in their own language, literally, and culture.
No, more diversity doesn't necessarily mean better games, but I would be interested in games branching out to something more than just American and Japanese games and I guess some people didn't get that part of my post.