Video games may become China's best cultural export

Jul 6, 2016

Video games may become China's best cultural export

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When Chinese internet giant Tencent acquired the Finnish video game developer Supercell last month for $8.6 billion, it became the world's dominant publisher and distributor in the $100 billion gaming market. It was a blockbuster deal: No other Chinese entertainment company in any field ...

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

| Jun 25, 2016

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

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A necessary evil "Resident Evil 7" was announced this month, but it won't be available until January 2017. What's a "Resident Evil" ("Biohazard" in Japan) fan to do until then? Luckily, to tide us over, Capcom is also releasing a remastered version of "Resident Evil ...

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

| Jun 18, 2016

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

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Kyouei Design's flashy bookmark The tech-savvy may prefer to read e-books from tablets these days, especially since one of the advantages is that the device is often backlit making it easier to see text in dim environments. Printed matter, however, never seems to lose its ...

OkanoTV

| May 24, 2016

OkanoTV

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In a light-hearted yet informative way, YouTuber Chris Okano (known online as OkanoTV) gives viewers insight into many aspects of Japanese society and culture — from the usual guide videos to humorous takes on the more more left-field aspects of this country. Chris is a Japanese-American ...

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

| May 21, 2016

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

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Nintendo's summer colors Over the years, Nintendo has released a slew of colors for its 3DS handhelds, so it's easy to feel jaded and write new ones off as just another sales grab, but the upcoming Japan-only 3DS pop color combinations are definitely eye-catching. Deliberately contrasting, ...