The Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy

dead or alive xtreme 3 controversyThere’s a Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy happening these days. The game developer Team Ninja from the company Tecmo has said it has no plans to bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to North America because the industry is going through a change in how it includes female characters in games.

Some Japanese game developers have always used sex and girls to promote their games, but now they are finding that the environment in North America has changed and won’t be too accepting of what is considered okay in Japan.

I don’t think there really is a big need for this Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy. There is nothing outstanding about the series. It’s basically the girls from the fighting series in swimsuits doing random activities plus beach volleyball.

I’ve only played the first game on the original XBox, so I can’t comment on the second or third one. However, I have noticed the change in direction and focus for the game developer Team Ninja since I came to Japan. WARNING: Suggestive content! Not safe for work.

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My Sega Dreamcast Retrospective

sega dreamcast retrospectiveThis is my Dreamcast Retrospective where I remember the system itself and the games released for it. I first heard about the Dreamcast when it was first announced for Japan by reading gaming news sites in 1998. At the time, Sega’s official site was bare, with only an online forum where people could post and meet other Sega fans. I signed up in 1998 and read threads of people saying how fantastic the Dreamcast would be and everyone couldn’t wait for the US release.

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Famitsu Japanese Game Magazine Nov. 1991

famitsu mandarakeI was in Osaka the other day and found a collection of old magazines. I happened to find a massive collection of old issues of Famitsu. I bought a few issues and wanted to share my pickups. This is a weekly issue from November in 1991! This issue of Famitsu is pretty old, which means we’re likely to find some old gaming treasures inside. I’m basically time traveling by flipping through this magazine. At this point, you can probably call this a retro game magazine. I flipped through it and took some photos of some of the things I thought would be interesting to share. Let’s take a look!

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Shenmue III has been announced by Yu Suzuki

Shenmue IIIThe Shenmue III Announcement


I was at work when I read the greatest news on my phone today. I read that Yu Suzuki, the creator of Shenmue, announced on stage at the Sony conference that Shenmue III is ready to be made if gamers are ready to contribute. The game will be funded by gamers through KickStarter and be available on PS4 and PC.

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Pickup: A Retro Mega Man Toy Surprise

Retro Mega Man Box Toys!I had gone out of my way to travel to Osaka’s DenDen Town to make a visit to Super Potato, one of the best retro game shops in Japan, only to discover that the store had relocated somewhere else. I didn’t have time to go to the new location, but I didn’t want to leave empty handed, so I spotted a smaller retro video game store and went inside.
I wanted to pick up a little something to take home and that’s when I discovered a small box with 8 bit Mega Man (Rockman in Japan)  on it. Looking closer, it said “Mega Man Rubber Mascot Collection”.  How could I pass up the opportunity? Find out which Mega Man toy was inside the box!

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