Itagaki: No one takes its job as seriously as Rockstar

Head ninja Tomonobu Itagaki has told CVG that he thinks no studio takes its job as seriously as those at Rockstar Games when considering adult themes and content.

During a one-on-one interview with Itagaki in London last Friday, Team Ninja's main man offered his thoughts on Grand Theft Auto IV. "I think it's made extremely well and is a fun game," he said.

"People always use that as an example of violence in games. But I don't think there's anyone who takes their job as seriously as the guys who make that game. You only have to look at all the detail in there."

Violence in games doesn't worry Itagaki one bit though. And that's obvious if you've played, or even watched, anything to do with Ninja Gaiden II. "It does not bother me because we are following all of the rules in terms of ratings," Itagaki explained.

"I believe we're following morality as well in only showing violence between combatants. I think the 'violence issue' is something that is within each individual who plays the game."

Look out for the full interview with Itagaki later this week.

Courtesy of CVG.

May 20, 2008