Worked On: Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball
Reason for Bitching: His daughter got bored of Okami, he didn’t like the creator
Bitchiest Line: We have a saying here in Japan – “the weaker dog barks more”
Despite being a Wii title aimed at the hardcore and artistic crowd, Okami was generally loved by a majority who played it. Apparently Tomonobu Itagaki’s daughter was not among them. In an interview with EGM, Itagaki went far enough bashing the game’s lack of creative fighting mechanics to insult its creator, Hideki Kamiya.
Calling him an uninspired developer in so many words, Itagaki continued his verbal beatdown by calling out Kamiya’s entire catalog and calling it repetitive to the point of tedium. For a guy who spends a lot of time smoking, drinking and womanizing, Itagaki can be a pretty uptight dude when it comes to games that make his baby girl bored.