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Tokyo Game Show Podcast 1 of 2: PlayStation VR, Romance Games, and Much a Booth About Nothing

You can download the MP3 right here (right click, Save as…) or stream it below with YouTube or MixCloud.

PlayStation VR, Romance, & Giant Airships: TGS 2015 Podcast 1 of 2 by Best Video Game Podcast on Mixcloud

The Tokyo Game Show was huge and exhausting. In this podcast, we talk about the most unique stuff at the show, beginning with PlayStation VR and then moving to some patently Japanese stuff, like a kabe-don experience and a game in which you hunt old men to give them girly makeovers. And then the mobile game that ended up with the show’s most impressive booth.

You can download the MP3 if you wanna slap this thing on your music player of choice, or stream it with the YouTube embed above. Contents: More

Yeah, No Shit

You can imagine my reaction when I saw this headline:
yeah no shit

For real.

July 4th!

Time to teach the kids about slavery and ongoing issues with systemic racism in America!

Man, that’s a downer.  Um…

Teach them about the horrors of slavery in America… uhh… while we eat hot dogs! Yaaaay!

Foreigners in Japan: Not a Language Barrier, But a Stupid Barrier

If you’re foreign in Japan, there isn’t just a prevailing assumption that you don’t speak Japanese, there’s an assumption that you are completely stupid.

Ever see Lost in Translation? That scene where Bill Murray keeps doing something wrong, but he doesn’t know what, during a commercial shoot in Japan? The director speaks for paragraphs, but the translator only says five words to him. It’s a famous scene, and one I particularly love, because it summarizes how often miscommunications happen in Japan, even when your Japanese is plenty good enough, or even perfect.

The above in mind, here’s what happened I went in for an MRI the other day…

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Yakuza Zero Podcast (2 of 2) – Best Video Game Podcast

Here is the second half of our discussion about Yakuza. This one focuses on the most recent game, Yakuza 0 (Ryu Ga Gotoku Zero) for PS3 and PS4. You can download the MP3 here or stream it below: More

Tokyo Game Show 2014

So I haven’t been writing anything here because I’ve been too busy writing awesome stuff about the Tokyo Game Show. Check out the best of it here: More

Clown College? You can’t eat that.

Me: “Because my other doctor is a clown college.”
Translator: (In Japanese: Dr. Omichi was bad.) 大道先生が悪かった。
Me: “No, tell him the other guy was a clown college.”
Translator: “I said.”
Me: “You said that he was ‘bad.’ You didn’t call him a clown college. This is important.”
Translator: “You mean his university was the school for clowns?”
Me: “No, he is the clown college. Say Dr. Omichi was a clown college. Say it. Say ‘Clown college.'”
Translator: “Mr. Heath, I think Doctor will be–”
Me: (In Japanese: He was a clown college.) かれは,ピエロ大学でした。

If you don’t hear from me, I’m broken

Real email from a student just now.

break-your-lesson

I don’t think he is of Russian descent.  I could be wrong.

Not sure if he isn’t coming to class, or if he’s coming AT THE CLASS.  HARD.

A Disney Fan Re-broke my Foot

Five weeks ago, I broke my foot to the tune of “Let it Go” from Frozen.

This past week, a huge fan of the movie decided to carry a book starring its characters to me in a mad dash, kicking my injured foot and re-breaking it in the process. More

Wrote a New PSJS

A new PlayStation JapanStyle went up not long ago.  It includes a video of kids doing spit takes in my face and then being unable to control their laughter.  I admit, it was hard for me to keep a straight face, too.