@Stuart_Hayden I can explain why my posts are longer than average.
I’m on Social Security disability. I don’t have a family. I’m kind of lonely, and have lots of free time. It’s my way to reach out and touch someone.
These issues are not as simple as either a yes or no, or a single word, or a starting post of one paragraph. If I jsut said “Japanese games are jingoists.” and stopped there you’d say I’m flakey. When I counter with the fact that Sega was perceived as half-Amercian becuase of their history therefore not truly Japanese, and that Sega and Xbox are always 3rd in a 3 way race within Japan. Xbox and Sega has to basically write off Japan when they start. There may be something to my argument.
I’m not saying this holds true for individual game, but just systems.
I was surprised to hear an opinion that Americans were more jingoistic than the Japanese were. I guess it’s the difference between “obviously Japanese”, and a more “universal” theme. Games that are culturally specific tend to stay in the target culture. That’s why FIFA is the world’s most popular sports game, but Americans focus on Madden. I would expect 99% of Madden sales to be in Amercian households. I see AFL and Cricket as download games. (and this AFL is Australian Football League, not Arena Football League) It’s available to Americans, but not even close to a big enough seller to justify discs in America. But in Australia and regions where Cricket is big, they are probably disc games respectively. Likewise Madden is probably a download elsewhere in the world. With downloads it’s cheap enough to internationalize.
And I did say that Taito and Namco teamed with Bally/Midway for the American arcade versions of Space Invaders and Pac-Man. So Americans, even before the crash, were importing Japanese games. So even at the beginning, Americans were importing Japanese games. They were just slapping an American company name on them.
Did Japanese import American and European games before 1984? Did Europeans import American and Japanese games before 1984? I just know that Americans were importing games before the crash. I don’t know if it was reciprocated. Was there a Centipede infestation or a similar American game invasion in Japan or Europe?