Jun 12 2015
Saw this: More
Jun 8 2015
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…
Jun 6 2015
We recorded a podcast about a video game genre that gets its name (or nickname) from the mashing together of its two most famous titles; indeed, we talked about Metroidvanias.
May 25 2015
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May 18 2015
So here’s a podcast about Yakuza. It’s part 1 of 2. If you want to download it, then click here to download the MP3.
If you want to stream it, there’s this:
Want a time-stamped table to show you exactly what we talk about and when? Here ya go:
0:00:00 – Intro
0:02:01 – The Yakuza series in 1 minute
0:03:33 – Our experience with the series so far
0:05:50 – Yakuza is NOT like GTA
0:08:53 – Which game should you start with?
0:16:01 – Should you import the games? Which ones?
0:18:45 – Importing Yakuza Ishin and Yakuza Zero
0:24:33 – Yakuza’s hurdles to localization
0:30:20 – Sega’s marketing (or lack thereof)
0:34:15 – Tropes vs. Yakuza
0:40:41 – In-depth discussion of Yakuza Zero
0:44:05 – Why make a prequel with these characters?
0:47:40 – Japan’s 1988 economic bubble
0:53:12 – Bubble-era pop culture: beepers, disco and more
0:59:30 – 1988 Kamurocho and Soutenbori
1:03:25 – Creeping out random NPCs
1:08:08 – Combat in Yakuza Zero
1:18:20 – Making it rain: money in Zero
1:20:54 – Sexual content and objectification
1:29:50 – The future of the Yakuza series
Eventually we’re going open up a Patreon, because this action right here took like six weeks to record, edit, upload and all that jazz. So…yeah. Gonna need some help. So, if you like it, and like what we’ve done in the past, we’d love if you’d kick in a dollar or two, so as videos and podcasts can come more regularly.