Thanks to GameSpot for their article discussing the results of a survey of over 1,000 Japanese gamers
, conducted at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Among the more telling trends was a definite lack of interest in Western-developed games: "The percentage of respondents currently own non-Japanese software? Just over 1 percent. And only 4 percent expressed interest in buying such software in the future."
The survey also revealed the true dominance of the RPG in Japan, as "...39 percent of respondents identified it as their favorite genre. This is far ahead of every other genre: strategy gaming, the second most popular choice, tallied only 7 percent of the votes."
Finally, although it may be that Tokyo Game Show
attendees "tend to be hardcore gamers"
, thus skewing the results, "ownership of [Xbox] ranked lower than five consoles that aren't even in production"
, including the Dreamcast and Saturn.