Start with GDC2017, Part 1
This is Part 2 of e2f’s GDC2017 coverage. Make sure to also check out Part 1!
GDC is not just a show about games. It is also a show about global business and cultures. In the last blog, we had already addressed that obliquely by talking about England’s Code and Draw and Canada-based BKOM Games, and expressly with the Norwegian publisher Snow Cannon. These were just exemplars of whole contingents from these nations. They also had country pavilions from Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Chile, Korea, Malaysia, Scotland and Wales.
Curiously, while Japan did not have its own pavilion per se, its linguistic and cultural evidence are everywhere in the gaming industry. You could spot it as far away from Tokyo as the Italian company Neko8Games (“Neko” meaning cat in Japanese), to Ninja Kiwi based out of Dundee, Scotland.
One game that stood out for its unabashed, unadulterated Japanese influence is by Nisei Canadian-Japanese game designer, Meowza (also known as […]