So growing up I played plenty of Japanese games (due to play station being from Sony and Japanese) most of the games such as Metal Gear and Resident evil very popular and great games made in Japan make all their characters look westernized. Even Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda don't look Asian at all, Mario Bros etc... Today I've started playing Metal Gear Solid Phantom Pain and realize everyone well looks American, based off the USA military. Why don't Japanese game makers make their game characters look "Asian".
or focus their games more around Japan?
i know Xbox being American most of developers aka bungie and bio ware make games for American Markets. But why doesn't Sony Japanese developers make their characters look or be Japanese?
P. S even Snake from Metal Gear is a rip off of Snake Pliskin from James Cameron's escape from New York
Most Helpful Girl
Well, their games aren't exactly "based" in Japan, so why do they have to look Japanese? I do know for a fact that their samurai games look Asian, because the theme is after all Japan. In some cases it may be to reach out to a wider consumer market, or they just decided on a theme for instance, in this new game we'll have a tough military looking guy. What comes to mind? Probably some beefy western looking guy.
And as for Zelda, I don't think they were necessary deciding "he should look like a foreigner with blonde hair and blue eyes", last time I checked Zelda looked more elf like than anything else?
But, then again, its kind of the same thing with anime, white people like to think that the anime characters are "white" and that Japanese people love the foreign look. Thing is if you actually ask Japanese people they will tell you that those characters are NOT white at all. And some Japanese people even feel like white people shouldn't cosplay because they don't look like the characters at all. (But I do agree that Japanese people's cosplay look hella lot better than westerners cosplay). 😂
I can't speak for Japanese people, but those are things I have heard.2
Most Helpful Guy
As for MGS, Hideo Kojima wants to tug on real world politics... The disarmament act post WW2 makes that fairly hard to do using Japanese characters, much of MGS is about America's imperialism which Japan was a victim of... In order to twll the story well it pretty much has to be American, and all the characters are generally American too with the exception of maybe Kazuhira, but he's still mixed, and he's meant to be Caucasian but his race change was something of a retcon...
As for FF the designs didn't really have a race the first to show enough details was 10 and Yunas design was quite Japanese, also Tifa and Yuffie are not Caucasian in newer portrayals...
All this said there is some preference for white features, and again I think some of that comes from the U. S. having taken over Japan for so long...
They have plenty of games that look and feel more Japanese too they just don't sell well in the states.0