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Cliff Bleszinski responds to “tabloid” misquotes

by William Schwartz

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Cliff Bleszinski took to Twitter to defend himself from what he described as “tabloid journalism”.  In a recent article from CVG the Gears of War creator was quoted as saying

Japan can’t keep up with the US technically, according to Gears man Cliff Bleszinski.
Speaking to Xbox World 360 magazine, the Epic designer said that, in his mind, the reasons for this are two fold:
“Part of the problem is, technically, Japan just can’t keep up with the US,” Cliffy said when asked whether Epic had plans to move into Japan, Korea and China.

“Would they benefit from using the Unreal Development Kit? To be frank, this is largely not my department,” he continued in a moment of diplomacy before saying, “Knocking on Japanese doors and saying ‘hey, if you use this you can cut through a lot of the costs of building your own engine plus have a better game that comes out sooner and costs less money.’ It’s pretty much that simple”

“There’s been this fundamental shift. And it seems like part of the problem is not a lot of people play console games that much in Japan anymore. It’s all moved to this really weird mobile-type situation.”

The developer stated that he said nothing about Japan not being able to keep up with the US regarding tech.  The twitter outburst was a 5-parter and Bleszinski was obviously distraught by the recent news hitting the headlines of the video game world.

“Internet tabloid alert: I said *nothing* about Japan not being able to keep up with the US regarding tech. #fabrication”

“There are plenty of existing and upcoming Japanese titles that look amazing.  I have nothing but the utmost respect for those devs.”

“If this journalism continues devs will only be able to recite fact sheets verbatim”

“Websites intentionally publish flamewars which generates traffic and profit”

“Here’s another technique: you can say anything as long as you put a ? after it ;)”

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