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Brian Ashcraft is a senior contributing editor at Kotaku and has been writing about video games for The Japan Times since 2007. He is also the author of two books, "Arcade Mania!" and "Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential." A graduate of Cornell University, Ashcraft has called Osaka home for over a decade.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Sep 24, 2017
Better games for serious hardware
Get the Playstation 4 revved
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Aug 27, 2017
Game industry vamps up classics
The 'Sonic' boom
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jul 23, 2017
Updates for the fan boys and girls
Ready to paint the town again?
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jun 25, 2017
Something old, new and renewed
2-D has its advantages
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
May 21, 2017
Summer releases: bring your A-game
Stuff they don't teach at school
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Apr 23, 2017
Games: Best of editions and additions
Eighth time lucky for 'Mario Kart'
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Mar 25, 2017
'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash
The "Senran Kagura" games are ridiculous. But that's the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi (female ninjas), who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jan 21, 2017
New releases for wintry nights in
Bring on the virtual terror
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Dec 24, 2016
Updating gaming for the New Year
SuperMario makes a dash for smartphones
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Nov 26, 2016
Finally — the games PlayStation players have been waiting for
The years-in-the-making "Final Fantasy XV" is finally coming out. The game was originally announced back in 2006 as "Final Fantasy Versus XIII," but it has since been reworked and then rebranded as "Final Fantasy XV."
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Oct 22, 2016
PlayStation adds more power to the PS4
More power to the PS4
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Sep 24, 2016
From the latest in virtual reality to a nostalgic return to 2-D
Virtual Reality gets real
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Aug 27, 2016
Games you've been waiting a long time for
An endless exploration
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jul 23, 2016
Eat like a cute, round pink Nintendo character called Kirby
Japan is going crazy over the release of "Pokemon Go," which hit the U.S. and Australia before finally reaching Pokemon's actual birthplace on July 22. One reason for the delay in Japan may have been that "Pokemon Go" wasn't developed by Tokyo-based Game Freak, which typically creates "Pokemon" games,...
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jun 25, 2016
New releases fill in the gaps in gaming
A necessary evil
Japan Times
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May 21, 2016
Bright new things in Japan's gaming world
Nintendo's summer colors
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Apr 23, 2016
Space foxes, game cats and a new 'Uncharted' realm
New foxy space dogfighter game
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Mar 26, 2016
New releases with a fighting spirit
'Pokemon' fights harder
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Feb 27, 2016
Pikachu finds his voice
Pikachu finds his voice
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Jan 23, 2016
As the new year kicks in, so do popular game updates
Nintendo thinks outside the box, again

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