Programmed for combat or for pleasure

| Mar 25, 2009

Programmed for combat or for pleasure

by Tim Hornyak

While Japan is a technological powerhouse, it is usually a follower and not a pioneer. Some of the best PCs in the world are manufactured by Japanese firms, but the PC itself was invented by Apple and IBM, both U.S. companies. The same holds ...

Kristen Kreuk: An actress indifferent

| Feb 25, 2009

Kristen Kreuk: An actress indifferent

by Brian Ashcraft

Actress Kristen Kreuk is upfront about not being a gamer. “I’ve only played ‘Street Fighter’ once,” she tells The Japan Times while visiting Tokyo to promote the movie “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.” “Growing up, I did watch my friends play it.” Chun-Li ...

Hollywood's passion for the video game

| Feb 25, 2009

Hollywood's passion for the video game

by Brian Ashcraft

Video games aren’t just for playing. More and more, they’re Hollywood’s attempt to lure folks off their sofas and into movie theaters. The box-office success of movie versions of controversial fighting game “Mortal Kombat” (1995), treasure- hunting adventure “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001) and ...

Xbox 360 steals Tokyo Game Show

| Oct 22, 2008

Xbox 360 steals Tokyo Game Show

by Brian Ashcraft

The biggest announcement at the four-day Tokyo Game Show 2008 (Oct. 9-12) at Makuhari Messe convetion center in Chiba Prefecture was not for a Japanese title and not by a Japanese company. On the first of the two press days, Microsoft exec John Schappert ...

Dining on the Web

| Oct 21, 2008

Dining on the Web

by Tomoko Otake

Every day at around 4 p.m., as the air cools down, the sky takes on a purple hue and schoolchildren make their way home, hordes of people across Japan — predominantly female, predominantly in their 30s — start furiously typing on their PCs. They ...

The face that launched a thousand robots

| Aug 20, 2008

The face that launched a thousand robots

by Tim Hornyak

KYOTO — Eighty years ago, an exhibition was held in Kyoto to celebrate Emperor Hirohito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It was a grand affair in the style of a world expo, with lavish pavilions showcasing Japan’s might as an industrial and colonial power. ...

Japanese Facebook takes Model T approach

| Jun 25, 2008

Japanese Facebook takes Model T approach

by Lisa Katayama

Late last month, as part of a rare work-vacation trip to Asia, Mark Zuckerberg made a quick stop in Tokyo to announce the launch of Facebook Japan. Facebook, a social-networking Web site that the 24-year-old new billionaire created while he was a Harvard undergraduate, ...

'Streetfighter IV' leads the coin-op charge

| Feb 20, 2008

'Streetfighter IV' leads the coin-op charge

by Felicity Hughes

Making their debut on the arcade-entertainment scene at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe exhibition venue on Saturday were Crimson Viper, a redhead with a predilection for cross-dressing and ultraviolence, and Abel, a Teutonic blond whose rippling physique seemed to bear the hallmarks of some serious steroid ...

Tokyo's 'video people' come together

| Feb 6, 2008

Tokyo's 'video people' come together

by Chris Salzberg

On Jan. 27, a new keyword climbed to the top of the rankings in Japan to steal first place on the blog search engine Technorati. Dougajin — literally “Video People” — was the name coined by organizers of Japan’s first video-blogging event, held one ...