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Capcom and the Decline of the Japanese Presence in the North American Game Market: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?

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  1. Adam says:

    Japanese game developers aren’t disappearing any faster than ones over here, numbers are just skewed to massive publishers such as EA, Activision, and Nintendo (Japanese developer, btw). This decline in market share has been happening since the 90s, heralded by two major factors: The rise of PC gaming and the growth of North American game companies. Often hand-in-hand, actually. But while we have MEGA publishers making their yearly updates to games, Japanese companies have been making smaller-scale quality games localized by quality publishers, such as Atlus, Natsume, and Square-Enix. These games have been able to survive on a smaller-scale precisely by their ability to cross hardcore/casual or gendered divides.

    Capcom is a particularly good (or bad, I suppose) example of running a franchise into the ground, but let’s not throw a huge section of the video game market under the bus.