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Capcom’s Keiji Inafune Wants to Kick Ass, Then Quit

Capcom’s Keiji Inafune Wants to Kick Ass, Then Quit (photo)

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Via Kotaku’s multilingual Brian Ashcraft comes choice quotes from one Keiji Inafune, given to a Japanese website:

After Inafune talks about challenges and daunting tasks, the interviewer says that the Dead Rising producer seems like he loves his job.

“It’s the opposite,” he replies. “I hate it! I want to retire early and take it easy.”

Continuing, he added that is why he’s working so hard now. He says if one likes their work, then they can take it slow. He says he could do, say, a small bit on a game like Dead Rising and then get paid a high salary.

“There are loads of creators like that,” Inafune explains. “But I’m not like that. If things are difficult while they are doing it, they can become a leader and a creator.”

For Inafune, making games isn’t easy. It doesn’t even sound like he’s having fun. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The man is working, not playing.

Ironically, Inafune just got a promotion this year to Global Head of Production, a gig that has him overseeing much of the company’s development. Capcom’s most recent release is the good-not-great “Dead Rising 2,” an open-world zombie apocalypse set in a Vegas-style environment. It was developed by Blue Castle Games, a Canadian Studio that Capcom later acquired. The title represents a fusion of Japanese and Western styles that Inafune sees as vital if Japanese games development is to remain relevant.

Inafune’s been super-critical of his countrymen, blaming their reliance on formulas as the reason his homeland’s lost its dominance on the gaming landscape. Here he is on the New York Times’ Bits blog, after the Tokyo Game Show:

Q.: Why do you think Japan is so behind?

A.: A lot of designers, if they find a genre that works for them, they stick with it. A lot of designers just stick to a set formula. That doesn’t work any more. You can’t just tweak the graphics, work just on image quality. You can’t compete on that. The business side is not keeping up with investment. You need to be prepared to invest 4 billion yen or more on a game, and then spend 2 billion yen more to promote it. But Japanese companies can’t do that. So we’re losing out to the West in terms of investment in games. It’s a vicious cycle, a deflationary spiral. Because you don’t invest, you can’t sell games, and because you don’t sell games, you can’t invest.

Q.: You’ve tried to tailor your games more to the West. But sometimes that’s been a challenge, like Shadow of Rome. Can you talk more about that?

A.: Shadow of Rome was a failure. We westernized the game in a very superficial way. We simply thought, “If we do this, they’re going to like it.” But I realized we were being very superficial: to us it was turning eyes blue and changing the hair color. But we needed to go deeper than that. We need to study the West more seriously. So I’ve started going overseas much more often. I want to find ideas that are global. I don’t think that Japanese games can’t ever be popular overseas again. But they won’t be popular any more in their pure state. It’s like sushi. Everyone loves sushi in the West, but you can’t just serve sushi over there like it is in Japan. I sometimes go to L.A. and think, “What’s wrong with this restaurant’s sushi?” But what sells over there is different.

This kind of frank open-mindedness is rare from Japanese developers. Hopefully, Inafune’s attitude impacts positively on Capcom’s own dev teams and those at rival companies, too.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…