Japanese games all use the same font.

Has anybody else noticed that most Japanese games seem to use the same goddamn font all the time? It looks awful, doesn't it? I don't know why they do it. Nobody likes the look of the font, it's ugly and off putting, but they seem to keep reusing it over and over again. Examples would probably be most JRPGs, Resident Evil games, Demon's Souls, Chromehounds, Armored Core games, Dead Rising, Street Fighter 4, Lost Planet, Deadly Premonition, and a lot of other games. I think Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy games are the only ones that actually break out of this cliche and use somewhat good tasteful fonts. Oh, and Persona 4... I just checked, that game also stays away from the generic font.
 
Does anybody know what this terrible font is called? It seems to resemble really old fashioned font, but without a lot of the fanciful embellishments that you'd get with a font from a typewriter.

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Posted by Delta_Ass

Has anybody else noticed that most Japanese games seem to use the same goddamn font all the time? It looks awful, doesn't it? I don't know why they do it. Nobody likes the look of the font, it's ugly and off putting, but they seem to keep reusing it over and over again. Examples would probably be most JRPGs, Resident Evil games, Demon's Souls, Chromehounds, Armored Core games, Dead Rising, Street Fighter 4, Lost Planet, Deadly Premonition, and a lot of other games. I think Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy games are the only ones that actually break out of this cliche and use somewhat good tasteful fonts. Oh, and Persona 4... I just checked, that game also stays away from the generic font.
 
Does anybody know what this terrible font is called? It seems to resemble really old fashioned font, but without a lot of the fanciful embellishments that you'd get with a font from a typewriter.

Posted by dankempster

After doing a little (read: two minutes of) digging, I managed to find out that the font is developed by an Asian company called DynaComware, who specialise in Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts and seem to be pretty huge out in the Orient. I guess that would make sense - perhaps the font company license out their English font to various Japanese developers (I notice Capcom-developed games feature very heavily on your list). That would certainly explain why the English translations of all these Japanese-developed games use this font in particular. No luck on finding out its name, though, so sorry on that front.

Posted by Delta_Ass
@dankempster: Ah, thanks for the research. Maybe it's just called Japanese Game Font 001A.
Posted by dcgc

I came to this conclusion after playing Pixeljunk Eden. And it's just not in games, even ads, TV, movies in Japan use that font. You walk in Tokyo, you also see giant billboards using it. Curious...

Edited by VaultDweller13

It's strange to say but I really hate that font, and it's very off putting when I see it. I've only played a tiny amount of Dark Souls because of it, amongst other things.