The 2015 Tokyo Game Show!

We’ve already spent our first (rainy) day at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, and were blown away by its sheer size and (obviously high) funds put into it. This year, all three halls of Makuhari Messe were used soley for the gaming booths, while the food court and shops, as well as a few more indie companies, were moved to a separate, nearby building to make room. Not only has TGS recovered from the loss of international companies dues to the world recession after 2008, but have arrived at a new peak in popularity. Sony allowed demonstrations of their newly named …

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Japan’s “Visual Novels”

In various podcast episodes, you may have heard Zack and I talk about “Visual Novels” as a popular game style in Japan.  But what exactly are these Visual Novels? Well, if you’re as old as me, you may recall reading in elementary school those Choose Your Own Adventure novels published by Bantam Books, where you read through half a page, then it says, “If you choose to go through the door, turn to page 27.  If you decide to stand out in the rain, turn to page 34.”  Then flip through the book to the desired choice and continue reading, …

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Japan and the Playstation 4

There were a number of reasons why I decided to move to Japan.  One in particular, had to do with video games.  Growing up with the Nintendo Entertainment System, and always seeing that huge list of Japanese names during the credits after beating a game, it simply sunk in my young primary school age: Japan = video games. This ideology I’d developed never seemed to falter over the years, for despite the growing number of Western third-party developers, as well as Atari still struggling with their consoles, the majority of games and game systems came from Japan, up until the …

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