It’s been an interesting two weeks in the gaming industry that has had a lot of negative feedback from the community. The man who many called “Japan’s Beethoven” has come forward as a fake, and the man who created “Flappy Bird” took the game down. It has been a bad couple of weeks for gamers.
First and foremost, Mamoru Samuragochi, one of the top composers of Japan and known for the music he has done for the “Resident Evil” series, has come forward saying that he is not fully deaf and paid someone to write his music since 1996. Samuragochi had always stated that he was losing his hearing and was almost deaf, yet stated in an interview his hearing had been improving lately to the point where he could discern words if someone spoke in his ear.
Now, a man by the name of Takashi Niigaki has come forward saying that he is the ghost composer for Samuragochi and had some interesting words about the fraudulent composer. He has stated in multiple interviews that he personally doesn’t believe that Samuragochi is deaf. According to Niigaki, in their first conversation Samuragochi was having problems hearing but in later conversations he had no problems, suggesting that Mamoru has been faking his deafness. Also, this is all just coming out now because, according to Niigaki, Samuragochi threatened to kill himself if he came out earlier.
Adding onto the controversy was Dong Nguyen’s choice to take down his addictive game “Flappy Bird.” Many accused him of taking down his game because of the critical reception to the game, which was panned by many critics because of the heavy use of Mario assets and little to no progression except a high score. However, in an exclusive interview with Forbes, Nguyen has stated that the game was never meant to be addictive and it was meant to be played for a few minutes. On top of that, he had lost a lot of sleep since the game was released and had since been able to catch up on it. However, there are now many imitators on the App Market and online in the wake of the game being taken down, with many places urging users to be cautious because some apps may carry malware.
With Samuragochi coming out as a fraud and the uproar over “Flappy Bird” being taken down, it’s been a hard couple weeks for the gaming community to deal with. However, with the “Titanfall” beta starting and special “Red Faction” and “Darksiders” collections being announced, it seems that things can only go up for now.