Japanese horror is better: We need more of it because western horror is too dominant

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DigitallyDownloaded.net publishes a video looking at Japanese horror games and why they are superior.

It was a surprisingly strong week for horror games this week, with an excellent remaster of a Project Zero game joining the spectacular visual novel by Square Enix, Paranormasight.

In reading some of the reviews of these games I was reminded that far too often people treat Japanese and Western horror as though they come from the same place. But they don’t.

Japanese and Western horror are different on every level, from aesthetics to theme, and should be considered separately. Sadly, we don’t get that much actual Japanese horror… too often it’s a Western approach to horror, developed by Japanese studios (hello Resident Evil).

Anyhow, here’s my video on the topic! Let me know what you think!

Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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