The controversy around Resident Evil‘s supposed “deaf composer” has been the center of attention in Japan and recently culminated in what could only be described as “a fiasco” worthy of everyone’s favourite video game courtroom.
Mamoru Samuragoch* has been called “Japan’s Beethoven”. Even as he went deaf, Samuragoch continued to compose scores for video games like Resident Evil and Onimusha. This week, he revealed that he used a ghost composer.
Pre-rendered graphics weren’t only used in complex cinematic cutscenes back in the day when a game’s own 3D engine couldn’t do the job. Developers also used them as in-game backgrounds to bypass graphical limitations. And some of the games had really well-made, atmospheric pre-rendered backgrounds.