New Super Mario Bros holds a particularly conflicted place for me in my memories of 2010. After the usual blanket TV ad campaign (that Nintendo subjects Japanese audiences to) interest was high. Continue reading DoFuss 2010 – New Super Mario Brother (or “no more plurals”).
We are back for the almost-last DoFuss Show. December will see the last DoFuss Show with my return from Japan to the UK. As I won’t be in the ‘land of the rising sun’ any more, the opening lyrics claim that I am ‘the number one gaijin, the man in Japan who can’ will become hopelessly inaccurate so (as we can’t be bothered to rewrite the theme tune) we decided to cancel the show. Continue reading The DoFuss Show – The Penultimate
This show’s unintentional theme is cultural divides. With me returning to the UK later this year Darren decided to prepare me for re-entry with terrifying snippets from the British tabloid ‘The Sun’. While this is an apt reintroduction to the state of my home nation, I cannot help but feel there is a veiled message from Darren to stay in the land of sushi and fun that is Japan. Continue reading The DoFuss Show – Trying To Bridge Cultural Divides.
I just had an article go up on Playdevil. There are a few lines that looking back I would edit (the one about Japan being a gaming Mecca is a little ham-fisted in retrospect) but I can’t get at it to make any changes, which in a way is quite liberating! Here is a short excerpt… “In the shrinking world of the Internet we now feel that if we have an interest in another countries culture we understand their habits, predilections and biases. We’ll I am here to tell you that perhaps your preconceptions about Japan and its gaming culture … Continue reading Gaming in Japan
Charitably you could call me fair skinned, or less charitably ginger. So as a child on vacation I was either smearing sun-block over my blubber or hiding in arcades playing ‘Star Wars.’ Its crisp graphics still burn brightly as one of my earliest memories. Sadly arcades are dieing, victim to what the home experience now offers. Graphics, online play, peripherals – each one a donut to diabetic arcades. In Japan arcades are kept on a balanced diet to prolong their life. One-on-one fighter fans flock to new releases. Collectable card games, themed from horse racing to D&D, supply distraction for … Continue reading The Death of the Arcade?