In the West, we use the term JRPG to refer to role-playing video games made by rising sun studios and creatives. It is very common and, without a doubt, it is part of our vocabulary as gamers. However, it seems that certain Japanese developers dislike that term.
Is JRPG offensive? Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy, causes debate
The subject came up as a result of a recent interview by Naoki Yoshida with the Skill Up portal. According to the information, the creative was uncomfortable when asked about how far JRPGs have advanced in recent years compared to action titles . Koji Fox, localization director and the person in charge of translating the producer’s statements, intervened and said the following:
“One thing that (Yoshida) wants to convey is that when we create games, we don’t think about what we’re doing JRPG. We just do RPGs. The term JRPG is used by Western media rather than users and media in Japan,” Koji Fox said.
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The Final Fantasy XVI producer continued the theme, saying that for many years, Japanese creatives thought the term had negative connotations. In fact, they considered that JRPG was discriminatory and a way to make fun of the developers of the Asian country.
“This will depend on who you ask, but there was a time, when this term came up 15 years ago and we as developers first heard it, that it was discriminatory… like they laughed at us for making these games. And therefore, for some developers the term JRPG can arouse negative feelings for what it meant in the past,” said Naoki Yoshida.
While he acknowledges that the term JRPG is used in a good way and has positive connotations today, the producer claims that they still remember the days when it was a negative. “We created RPG, and being subdivided was perceived as discriminatory,” said the creative.
As expected, Yoshi-P’s statements generated a heated debate on social networks. Many players agreed with the creator and stated that the community should refrain from using the term to refer to Japanese role-playing games. Of course, there are also those who say that it is only a word.
But tell us, do you agree with the producer? Let us read you in the comments.
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