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  Watch Video Last week, I blogged about the first few minutes of Argyle Shift, a new Japanese arcade shooter by Bandai Namco where you hang out with a gorgeous cyborg in VR while piloting a giant Gundam type robot called Lucifer. The...   read
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Shriek Rodeo amirite
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Ski Rodeo VR may have you screaming for your life

Rarely do I get to publish a real person's shrieks of death, so I'm morbidly enjoying this. This is Ski Rodeo, a Bandai Namco VR ski simulator powered by HTC Vive. The experience is unique in that it listens to your breathing (an...   read

 
 
RPGs that are hard af
  Watch Video As I spend the week demoing games that are entirely in Japanese, I accept that I'm not going to understand a lot of things. I know the kanji for "forest" and that's the extent of my fluency with the language. Dialogue's the f...   read

 
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  Watch Video Today is Canada day. And since "Canada" sounds kind of, sort of like "Kaneda," the hero of Otomo Katsuhiro's groundbreaking cyberpunk manga-turned-anime Akira, that's reason enough for me to put on my favorite red jacket and talk about one of his favorite pieces of media ever... Japanese, Canadian, or otherwise.   read

 



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The return of the Gentlemen's Club: Akiba's Trip edition

Have you guys heard of Akiba's Trip 2? If you're not up on your crazy Japanese games I'll break it down for you: It's Yakuza but to defeat your vampire enemies you have to RIP OFF THEIR CLOTHES. That's right, it's like crazy strip Yakuza on...   read

 
 
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Super Heroine Chronicle
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Super Heroine Chronicle is one game NA will never see

If it's one thing An American Tale taught me, it's to "never say never." But come on, what really are the chances of Super Heroine Chronicle landing on North American shores? It takes the mash-up wackiness of the Super Robot Taisen strateg...   read

 
 
It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] There is a wide divide between Super Mario World and all platformers ...   read
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It Came from Japan!
Squaresoft was second only to Nintendo in the 16-bit era when it came to influence and a strong track record. From the genre-defining Secret of Mana to the crowd-pleaser Chrono Trigger, Square had a knack for telling a gre...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Distance has a way of making horrors insignificant. A car accident and...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] There are some games that live up to the hype, but then there are a fe...   read
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It Came from Japan!
It’s 1988 and Namco has just released one of the most violent, critically acclaimed horror-themed games to ever hit an arcade. Splatterhouse was unlike anything else at the time. It was a game made by horror fans, fo...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun. For the month of October, the series will focus on games that may make ...   read
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It Came from Japan!

It Came From Japan! Tetris Battle Gaiden

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] We all have that one so-called classic that we groan at when we see it appears at...   read

 
 
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It Came from Japan!

It Came From Japan! Spriggan: Lunar Verse

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Nostalgia aside, examining the origins of now prevalent game concepts and genres i...   read

 
 
It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] As you may have gathered from past entries in this series, there are a...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Magical Pop’n is the reason I do this series. I mean this figur...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] When you think of Japanese gaming, you think of Konami'...   read
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It Came from Japan!

It Came from Japan! Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Give Link a gun, send him to the Wild West, sprinkle in Earthbound's wa...   read

 
 
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It Came from Japan!

It Came from Japan! PuLiRuLa

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] When it comes to '90s beat 'em ups, there are only a few games worth expl...   read

 
 
It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Before there was Nathan Drake, there was Pepsiman, a hero's h...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Along with churros and KFC, dungeon crawlers are one of those r...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] The key to eliciting fear has little to do with dogs that jump th...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] I love haunted house films. I hate haunted house games. They scar...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] It's still the first week of October, so it's not quite time ...   read
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It Came from Japan!
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] Games based on films have a perceived stigma that indicates the...   read
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Nintendo posted this to celebrate their last Kinda somber, if you ask

 
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Tomorrows AoTD is all written up and set to Give you a hint: Its about something black and

 
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Dwavenhobble

Hey the shooter was crazy you cant blame their Religion for making them think what they were doing was ok *not long after* Hey the shooter played video games as a hobby, clearly theyre to blame for the shooting not the shooter being fucking nuts

 
Flegma

The nostalgia effect when you retype a game from a magazine after 30 years and the sprites dont have the same graphical flaws from the last time (extra pixels lit, the game then just doesnt FEEL the Warts and all = the games

 
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My Theron as Carol Danvers dreams have crumbled away like Brie :(

 
Sr Churros

Also, havent used Blender in ages, but I remember really liking Ive been teaching 3DS Max for a Game Dev course, and now that I went back to holy crap, it feels as counter intuitive as it gets!

 
Sr Churros

Went to check out if brazilians were flooding the French Pokémon Go announcement tweet, and my predictions were Nice to see so many people asking it but holy shit do they all really need to be THAT rude?

 
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Any-one who doesnt go to see Suicide Squad is a who has to ask why is also clearly a Racist and needs to educate

 

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