While Eric-Jon and Tim wandered around the Tokyo Game Show pointing at D3′s Earth Defense Force 3 (also using spyglasses to induce exclamation marks over Hideo Kojima’s head at the Microsoft press conference!), myself and Brandon were also there on behalf of Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine (and GameSetWatch, even!), and we posted a wrap-up of our total TGS coverage on Gamasutra.
We’re a bit more developer-centric, but interesting things to IC-ers might include Inis’ Keiichi Yano talking about the state of the game biz in Japan from his perspective (“Nintendo made a really good comeback… you can’t buy their hardware, that hasn’t happened since the Famicom”), and the first interview in a while with Dylan Cuthbert of Q Games (Star Fox DS, Digidrive GBA), in which he talks about the ‘salaryman’ ethic from Japanese game developers.
Mr. Sheffield’s full interviews will be posted gradually over the next few weeks, but include chats “…with LocoRoco director Tsutomu Kuono, Q Entertainment game director Reo Yonaga, Sega veteran Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza, Super Monkey Ball), Capcom and Clover Studio’s Atsushi Inaba (Okami, Viewtiful Joe), Bandai Namco development director Makoto Iwai and representatives for Ridge Racer 7 and Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire, and Sega’s Yojiro Ogawa (Sonic and the Secret Rings for Wii).” Plenty to look forward to!