It’s telling to me that Nomura is actually only like 6-7 years older than Drukmann but has been in the industry for a much longer period of time. Really drives home that feeling that he latched onto the successes of others. No one can take Nomura being a good artist from him him, but Neil is about to choke his baby to death.Druckmann could be considered an industry veteran of sorts, he's been in the business since 2004.
Nomura and Kojima though are both much older, Nomura being the early 90s and Kojima the 80s.
The difference is simple attitude. Japanese media knows you need to land the whales to make a profit, you want the people who always buy the special edition and that loyalty is both considered two way and often repaid by Jap Media companies, with either nods or neat stuff thrown into the bundles to justify their price tags and make a decent slice.
The issue we have with Western Devs is the increasing arrogance due to prevalent media attitudes Art is for Arts sake and not for entertainment and if you complain they have a barrage of
excusesreasons why you suck and should just fuck the hell off.
We see the same in a lot of Western Media. The hardcore is being told to repeatedly fuck off and then these companies are all stood about confused as to why their bottom lines are tanking. You can see it repeatedly in the shitty movie remakes, the comics industry, and increasingly gaming. The people involved have no interest in creating new, just rebrand and rehash things with their own
fan fiction"fresh new take".
We could easily blame SJWism but I wonder if its because we don't take media consumption as seriously in the West. There's a weird prevalence of ridiculous hubristic arrogance that seems to not exist for a lot of the older school developers. They're always in the right and anyone says they're not is obviously outright evil and not someone to ever be listened to.