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Square tops results of Japanese gaming poll

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It took a poll of 300 Japanese college-age students to confirm what most shameless Square fanboys already believe in their own little world.
? Media Works, a Japanese polling firm that also tabulates weekly video game sales figures, recently conducted a poll of 300 students, ages 18-24, enrolled in school with aspirations toward a career in the video game industry.  They were asked to name their favorite game series, individual designers, and companies.  Square took the top spot for all three categories.

Game Series (with developer)

  1. Final Fantasy (399) - Square
  2. Dragon Quest (102) - Enix
  3. Biohazard/Resident Evil (63) - Capcom
  4. Super Mario (59) - Nintendo
  5. Phantasy Star Online (43) - Sega
  6. Shin Megami Tensei (42) - Atlus
  7. Street Fighter (42) - Capcom
  8. Sangoku Musou (41) - Koei
  9. Genso Suikoden (40) - Konami
  10. Metal Gear (36) - Konami
  11. Zelda (36) - Nintendo
  12. Virtua Fighter (33) - Sega
  13. Tactics Ogre (31) - Quest
  14. Xenogears (30) - Square
  15. Super Robot Wars (29) - Banpresto
Designers (with notable games, company)
  1. Hironobu Sakaguchi (205) - Producer of Final Fantasy (Square)
  2. Shigeru Miyamoto (145) - Producer of Mario, Zelda (Nintendo)
  3. Yuji Naka (99) - Producer of Sonic, Phantasy Star (Sega)
  4. Tetsuya Nomura (89) - Producer of Kingdom Hearts, artist for Square
  5. Yuji Horii (83) - Producer of Dragon Quest (Enix)
  6. Kazuma Kaneko (63) - Artist for Shin Megami Tensei (Atlus)
  7. Hideo Kojima (54) - Producer of Metal Gear (Konami)
  8. Yu Suzuki (53) - Producer of Virtua Fighter (Sega)
  9. Shinji Mikami (41) - Producer of Biohazard/Resident Evil (Capcom)
  10. Nobuo Uematsu (40) - Music composer for Final Fantasy (Square)
  11. Yoshitaka Amano (40) - Artist for Final Fantasy (Square)
  12. Koichi Nakamura (36) - Producer of Fushigi no Dungeon (ChunSoft)
  13. Kou Shibusawa (33) - Producer of Nobunaga's Ambition (Koei)
  14. Hirou Ouji (30) - Producer of Sakura Taisen (Sega)
  15. Yoshiki Okamoto (23) - Producer of Street Fighter (Capcom)
Companies
  1. Square (322)
  2. Sega (198)
  3. Capcom (180)
  4. Namco (121)
  5. Koei (99)
  6. Sony Computer Entertainment (81)
  7. Konami (78)
  8. Nintendo (74)
  9. Banpresto (47)
  10. From Software (41)
  11. Tri-Ace (40)
  12. Atlus (37)
  13. ChunSoft (34)
  14. Enix (31)
  15. Quest (28)
? The poll was done on a point-scale system, which awards the most points for a first-place vote.


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I'm very pleased that Tactics Ogre beat Xenogears. Screw Xenogears!
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Screw Xenogears!

But Hironobu Sakaguchi over Shigeru Miyamoto and Yuji Naka? I guess that makes sense, considering the age group. However, if I were a student trying to get into the game industry, I think I'd aspire to be more like Miyamoto than Sakaguchi.

Oh, come on. Miyamoto's like... Mr. Fun.
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I'll be snide and say that if they want to make real games, they should aspire to be like Miyamoto.

Nyah, nyah!
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