Teken 7: Fated Retribution Trailer

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are other fighting games outside of Streetfighter and Mortal Kombat. The Tekken series has always been a huge favourite of mine so I was besides myself when I came across this new trailer for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution which will be hitting the arcades in Japan this coming Summer.

It’s a long trailer but it shows some pretty cool gameplay and also what gameplay you can expect from this new title. But seriously…how good does this game look?

Japan’s Electronic Explorers

Japan’s Electronic Explorers

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Beyond simply witnessing more and more advertising for mobile games, we may start to notice a much larger trend. The fact that the developers of viral game titles, with expensive launches and run-up marketing campaigns, are starting to resemble blockbuster film studios (and also can earn comparably massive profits) belies the larger trend. It could be that the destiny of digital games is to become a dominant medium — like a new kind of book, reinvented by postmodernity.

 

Japan, in its love for digital arts like anime and its reputation as a hotbed of mobile gaming, certainly deserves the credit of leading in the exploration of the gaming mindspace — not to mention the mobile devices themselves — and facing their social ramifications boldly. The interest of the public there is so strong that mobile games deserve energetic and costly marketing strategies, some of them innovative, which can crowd out ads for console games or films.

 

Worldwide, game studios are emerging to serve both global and regional (or game specific) markets. For example, the hot studio out of Sweden, Internet Entertainment has cuts its own mold by producing online slots and realistic card games that have the same quality and polish as major animated movies (sucking the same talent, too). Mobile casinos, like Japan’s pop app culture, have been pushing the limits of game-oriented mass entertainment.

 

Betting on Gaming

 

Billboards and TV ad campaigns in Japan that drive early audiences to play the newest mobile (smartphone) games aim to do two things: promote early downloads, and, drive the game’s brand into common knowledge — potentially into the ranks of the historically viral mobile games namesakes.

 

Japan has been home to cutting edge gamer communities and unique popular excitement — maybe since the country became synonomous with ‘video games’ and Gameboy-like devices. That atmosphere of massive enthusiasm for gaming and its high rank as an important cultural medium is the ideal setting for major innovation. Quality in mobile games found in the Japanese marketplace has approached, if not absorbed, the standards for graphics, complexity and performance expected from console games or dedicated portable gaming machines.

 

The nice thing about the global gaming phenomenon, let alone the craze inside Japan (with influences everywhere), is the diversity in games that it produces. The fact that all ages are attracted to playing a mobile game on one’s smartphone — aside from the free status of enough downloads — is proof that game studios are concentrating upon that many tastes and audiences.

 

The mega popular bingo apps found at www.tablet-bingo.com demonstrate the trend of gaming as a historic cultural medium aside from any particular content, as well as the accessibility of this medium to so many types of people, from bingo games played by parents to cutting edge action games played by their kids.

 

The point to make here is that despite the fits and starts of software development, or indeed the trial and error strategies used for marketing mobile game apps on a large scale, gaming itself is emerging as a self-evident communication medium. It is in step with our overall experience of living in today’s technology-saturated urban spaces, in always-connected states of mind.

Playstation Trailer For Releases In 2016

Playstation Australia have just released this awesome trailer for what you can expect in 2016 and it looks amazing. From Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, Streetfighter V, Gravity Rush 2 and loads more. Give it a look below and let me know what you’re looking forward to!

Final Fantasy Explorers

So I managed to get my hands on a copy of the latest offering from Square Enix, Final Fantasy Explorers. I’ll be honest, I bought it because everyone was saying hard it was to find in stores and I didn’t want to miss out. Also, unless you pre-ordered, stock was very low across all stores.

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Final Fantasy Explorers and my Mew card!

So I’ve been playing it for a few hours and I have to say, I’m really liking it! It’s basically a Monster Hunter clone but in the Final Fantasy Universe. I’ve only completed the tutorial missions plus a few of the early missions. So far, the learning/difficulty curve is a lot lower than Monster Hunter which might appeal to gamers who struggled with MonHun (puts hand up).

I can’t wait to see what role classic characters like Cloud, Lightning and co have but it’s enough to keep me playing and temporarily put down Steins;Gate on the Vita. If you’ve missed all the hoopla, here’s the announcement trailer below.

 

Hatsune Miku AR App

I’m a huge fan of Hatsune Miku, probably the most well known vocaloid. I don’t profess to know all her tracks but what I’ve heard, I love.

It’s such a shame that she’s a virtual idol and not a real life person. I mean, who wouldn’t want their picture taken with the blue haired superstar? Well thanks to a new app, now you can. The app is on iOS and Android and is called Miku Picture. So now no matter where you go or what you’re doing, you can snap a picture with Miku chan!

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I’d love to see your pics and don’t forget to use the hashtag #Mikuture if you grab a snap!

Source: AFA Channel

Japan Introduces McDonald’s Chocolate French Fries

Hmm…did you get that? Chocolate French Fries. So good I had to capitalise each word in that last statement. Welcome to “The Choco Potato Fry” or “McFry Potato Chocolate Sauce” which will bring new levels of delights to your fries. You ever dunked your fries in your sundae or thickshake? This is pretty much the same thing.

Check the clip below from Youtube channel, Simon and Martina, as they introduce the 8th Wonder of the World (I can’t back that up).

Hmm…who wishes they were in Japan right now?

Cat Keyhole Bra Set?

Now this is sexy and cute all at the same time. Some new lingerie is hitting the streets which is clearly drawing inspiration from the cat girl below and seen in many different anime’s.

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The new lingerie has a keyhole cutout in the bosom area shaped like a cat’s head. Like all good lingerie, it comes in two different “flavours”: vanilla and chocolate. Does this mean you can eat it? That remains to be seen but in the meantime, enjoy the gallery below. Oh and before anyone asks, no…there aren’t any other keyholes cut out anywhere else on the lingerie.

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Pokemon Superbowl Commercial

Superbowl 50 is just around the corner and with this sporting event comes the traditional slew of TV spots and ads that are broadcast to millions of viewers at half-time. And no, I haven’t decided to follow the NFL (not that there’s anything wrong with it) but one commercial caught my eye. There’s a commercial for the 20th anniversary of Pokemon and it’s a great one!

The ad basically follows the tried and tested theme of believing in yourself and being able to accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. It’s pretty inspirational for a Pokemon commercial and it’s definitely worth checking out below.

“Attack on Titan: Team Battle” Arcade Game Showing In Japan

While the rest of us Attack on Titan fans eagerly await for a game on the Playstation (coming soon), Capcom isn’t content to rest on its laurel. No sir, they’ve been hard at work on an Attack on Titan arcade game which is gearing up to be shown off soon.

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The game will be making it’s debut at Japan Amusement Expo 2016 which will run from February 19 – 20. The game itself features 4 player co-op to take down the titans or if you so desire, you can also play the adventure solo. The official release for the game in the arcades looks set to go down sometime in Winter 2016 for Japan.

18 Hottest Anime Bikini Girls

It’s currently Summer in Australia although you can’t tell by the weather we’re having in Melbourne (read:abysmal). But it seems like a perfect time to post something I came across a while back. The 15 hottest bikini girls as seen on jig.jp

  1. Nozomi
    Nozomi Toujou (Love Live!)

  2. Eli
    Eli Ayase (Love Live!)
  3. Maki
    Maki Nishikino (Love Live!)
  4. Kotori
    Kotori Minami (Love Live!)
  5. Nico
    Nico Yazawa (Love Live!)
  6. Satsuki
    Satsuki Momoi (Kuroko’s Basketball)
  7. Rin
    Rin Hoshizora (Love Live!)
  8. Hanayo
    Hanayo Koizumi (Love Live!)
  9. Haruka
    Haruka Nanami (Uta no Prince-sama)
  10. Nami
    Nami (One Piece)
  11. Kiyoko
    Kiyoko Shimizu (Haikyuu!!)
  12. Umi
    Umi Sonoda (Love Live!)

    And rounding up the list are:

    Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online)

    Gou Matsuoka (Free!)

    Honoka Kousaka (Love Live!)

    Chizuru Yukimura (Hakuouki)

    Saber (Fate/stay night)

    Sheryl Nome (Macross Frontier)

Source: Sankaku Complex