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  • Travia220 - November 11, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    Shouldn't this article be targeted at Western Gamers, not American Gamers?
  • Cyberninja - November 11, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    Not necessarily since the author is American and this may be updated with stuff that is irrelevant outside of the U.S. like the Soccer/Football comment.
  • azureguy - November 11, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    Monster Hunter is not the only reason why the PSP is still selling strong in Japan; everyone develops for that platform and there are a great deal of good games released there. Publishing a game on the PS2 was a guarantee to generate money, so the console could be used as a cash cow – everyone needs a cash cow to generate money to not only keep the company afloat, but also to invest into new ideas. The fact that everyone had a PS2 meant that developers could focus on that single platform and master the system which saves development time and cost in the long run. It resulted in better games too, since the platform could be pushed to its limits. When the PS3 and Xbox 360 were introduced a few years ago, not only was there no clear winner in worldwide dominance, but there was a shift in taste as well: Suddenly Western-made games with realistic graphics and genres like FPS and WRPGs were more popular than Jump n' Runs and JRPGs sales-wise. The fact that the 360 uses DirectX and the Japanese don't have a large background in DirectX development didn't help them either. The Japanese developers needed a new cash cow platform, a true successor of the PS2 in terms of installbase and profits – and the PSP filled this gap. It has similar specs than the PS2 so there was no need to go HD graphics, and both Singleplayer as well as Multiplayer have a fair chance on that platform. Combine this with the fact that Japan tends towards mobile gadgets over consoles due to lack of space in homes (they are travelling in trains a LOT too), and the PSP suddenly became a new haven. Only problem is that the PSP is Japan-only, it never became a huge success outside of Japan which backfired the cash cow plans somewhat.
  • Smash_Bro - November 11, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    Yeah, because baseball and (US) football are so much more exciting...
  • ohms - November 11, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    You had stolen those words from my mouth, give them back! Anyway, does anybody know why "American Rugby" was called "American Football" while the game rarely use feet to play?
  • lancelot110 - November 11, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    Because American football is actually derived from rugby football. It came about in 1870's when two universities played a game of rugby with house rules (at the time is was still basically rugby), then a man named Walter Camp made rule changes to the game and American football was born. They didn't change the name since back then travel wasn't that popular for the common man (And there was no TV....) and people had no problem confusing them. By the time it was confusing the name was already engraved in our culture.
  • BottleBank - November 11, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    football is fantastic. that is all.
  • RadgarLaser2 - November 11, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    Everything made perfect sense except soccer. Even after playing beyond the 90 min regulation you can still get a 0-0 Draw is the definition of boring. You must have nothing better to do than waste 2 hours of your life. Of course video game soccer a different story.
  • fattoler - November 11, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    I'm British and I say both American and Association Football are boring, rugby on the other hand...
  • codystovall - November 11, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    I would ask how they get away with such perverted things in games regarding small girls but the age of consent is 13, so I believe that answers that.
  • DoubleLedgeTakedown - November 11, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    I'm English and I feel the same way about American Football :-/
  • Magnus Artanis - November 11, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    I'm Latino, and I back your comment up!!! It's a cultural difference that a so-called professional editor should keep in mind before just typing such offensive remarks!!! Football (its true name) is played in far more countries than just the US!!! If this writer doesn't know what it is like to gather around some friend for an afternoon tournament (within our culture), then he should just remain respectfully silent. There, I said it. Sorry if overreacting...
  • DoubleLedgeTakedown - November 14, 2012 3:27 a.m.

    Amen brother!
  • SuperEpicJelly - November 11, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    Loved the football part. Glad someone else feels the same way.
  • Marcunio88 - November 11, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Hell, I'm English and even I agree with you on the football (soccer) thing.

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