The Most Ignorant Thing I’ve Ever Seen

By Heath | August 29, 2012 at 8:54 am

Humans are interesting.  When we sit down to think logically, we seem to all agree that a man should be “innocent until proven guilty,” yet when a crime is committed, we see guilt on any face that pleases us. 
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Final Fantasy Type-0, XIII-2 Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 get big JP hype

By Heath | October 31, 2011 at 5:29 am

Final Fantasy Type-0 for PSP is out now in Japan. While we’ll have to wait till later in the week to get official sales data, the guys behind the desk at three different game shops I stopped at all reported it flying off the shelves. I’d expect it to be number one once the data rolls in. Here are some launch scans and a picture of the big display at one local game shop.
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3DS Sales Jump 5000%, Price Drop Impact (AGiJ Side Note)

By Heath | August 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

OK so it’s closer to 4745% but holy freaking damn, close enough. 
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Games Are Officially Reality

By Heath | March 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

So I have to go meet with a lawyer today and I need a translator. These are seriously the instructions I was just given via email, “Mr. Tanaka doesn’t have a cellphone, but go to the prime building and look for a tall, slender man in his sixties. He usually wears a hat.”
I’ll update this post if I see Kazuma Kiryu or any city-destroying dragons or anything. Anyone need me to pick up new armor while I’m downtown?

Hey Catherine, You’ve Got Something on Your Face

By Heath | February 19, 2011 at 6:36 am

Catherine, a sexually themed adventure game by Atlus, is now a hot-selling 360/PS3 title, and the marketing crew isn’t being shy about just how much this game pushes the envelope.
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American Gamer in Japan 5: Black or White

By Heath | May 10, 2010 at 5:58 am

This column’s got updates on Pokemon Black & White and its hype wagon officially leaving the station, plus God Eater getting downlove, Heath hitting Kyoto, pro Metal Max 3 cosplayers, and some Japanese hardware/software sales figures.  It’s a pretty good one, and not just because of the pictures of me and Janelle.
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Famitsu: “We Support Xbox 360” (American Gamer in Japan 4)

By Heath | April 24, 2010 at 3:57 am

Where I come from, the Xbox 360 is riding pretty high. But where I am now, it’s the total opposite.
In recent issues, Famitsu has begun publishing pages that declare, “We Support Xbox 360.”
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Dragon Quest X overthrown by Monster Hunter 3rd as Japan’s most-wanted game (American Gamer in Japan 3)

By Heath | April 17, 2010 at 4:57 am

Since the announcement of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for PSP, Mon-Han Fever is once again sqeeping the nation — ef, that’s a typo but I don’t wanan fix it. “Sqeeping” is the new “sweeping” from here on out, trendsters. In other news, I just typed “ef.” I dunno what’s up today, kids. Anyway, for three weeks straight, it’s been ranked as the most-wanted game, the longtime champ before that being Dragon Quest X. That, plus the promised pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms below.
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Kratos Pissing on Own Face: An American Gamer in Japan 2

By Heath | April 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

The food, the lifestyle, and most importantly, the games: here comes volume 2 of An American Gamer in Japan
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An American Gamer in Japan 1: Metal Gear Mt. Dew, Risque iPhone Apps, and PSP RPG madness

By Heath | March 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

Greetings from the Land of the Rising Sun. Since I’m writing this on RPG Land, and it’s about the gaming lifestyle in Japan, I almost said “from the RPGLand of the Rising Sun,” but then I was like, “No. That’s exactly the kind of douchebag move I hate.” So I didn’t.
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