Speaking at the Games Developers Conference on America’s West Coast last week, Microsoft's outspoken corporate vice president Peter Moore made some incredible comments about the Japanese gaming scene in perhaps the most shocking outburst ever to come from a Microsoft Xbox official.
When asked about possible future developmental resistance to the company's recently unveiled XNA tool suite, Moore said, "They have no choice [to support us] because they can't survive on Mahjong games shipping to 100,000 people anymore. They have the same issues that we're resolving with XNA now. They need to develop large-scale global games to stay in business."
Incredibly, Moore decided he had some further thoughts to share about the Japanese gaming scene, without question the most fertile and varied anywhere on the planet. Speaking of his last visit to the Tokyo Game Show, Moore said, "I thought I saw the same game 15 times over: a guy with a sword running around. There's a lack of creative juices which they admit themselves. It's the western developers and publishers who are really driving innovation."
This incredible outburst is perhaps one of the most startling made by any platform holder's representative to date, and will not be considered too wise by Microsoft’s beleaguered Japanese third-party development support team. Perhaps the wider implications of making such remarks will never be publicly known.