The philosophy behind the most brilliant JRPG you probably haven’t played


Interview by Matt S. 

Yamanaka Takuya is the perfect example of the benefit of having the director of a video game come from outside of game development. Young for a game director, and appearing more like an indie rock musician than game developer (which is amusing, because he shares a name with an actual indie rock musician), Yamanaka is the creative force behind The Caligula Effect, and we spent most of the interview time that I had with him at Tokyo Game Show talking about philosophy and psychology, rather than the joy of pressing buttons.

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