online games

Japanese gamer shares heartwarming encounter with Miami online, restores our faith in humanity

This tale of kindness and camaraderie will put a smile on your face and have you reaching for the tissues at the same time.

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Record of Lodoss War MMORPG is finally going to be released…no, really!

After an initial announcement in 2013, and then a scrapped alpha test, the Record of Lodoss War massively multiplayer online role-playing game, set in the world of the hit anime, has a 2016 release date.

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Touken Ranbu cosplayers reveal the real-life embarrassments of their glamorous costumes

Like many other things in life, the challenges in cosplay can never be fully understood until you’ve experienced it first hand. As we’ve previously seen, there is much more than meets the eye when cosplayers and photographers are striving to get the perfect shot. Sometimes it can even be a chore just to put on the costume and keep it from falling apart, as some Touken Ranbu cosplayers have realized.

If you or your friends are planning to cosplay as Touken Ranbu characters, these tweets from Japanese cosplayers who have been there and done that could probably give you a heads up on what to expect!

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Paying to play – Catching up with a Chinese leveling service

Growing up, many of us wondered how we could turn our favorite hobbies into a career. For a lot of us, that thing we love is gaming, and here at RocketNews24, we are definitely guilty of spending entire afternoons daydreaming about playing games professionally and making tons of money. Unfortunately though, the peak years for reaction time are well behind, so our life goal of being a pro gamer is simply a pipe dream.

Thankfully there are still ways to turn gaming into a profession, and a golden case currently exists in China.

Gamers and savvy business people offer leveling services to casual gamers who pay to start powerful, rather than slogging through the low levels themselves. But is such a business actually a viable career? And does the income and resultant lifestyle make it worth it?

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Japanese farming simulator rewards players with actual crops delivered to their door

Remember back in the day when all of your older relatives and the kids you knew from school but never speak to any more would send you invites to play Farmville? Remember how seeing a new notification on your Facebook toolbar that just turned out to be yet another invitation to play f’$%ng Farmville would fill you with impotent rage?

Well think about how different your reaction might have been if your “friends” hadn’t been backhandedly asking you to help them raise their not-actually-existent virtual ducks and cabbages, but were in fact asking you to help them put real, actual food in their mouths.

One Japanese startup, Telefarm, is hoping that the future is online games that reward players for good performance with actual products delivered to their door. And they’ve been running a farming simulator prototype for a little over a year now to test that model’s feasibility.

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Life imitates (Sword) Art (Online) as Japanese gamers find they can’t log out of online RPG

The big selling point of online multiplayer role-playing games that they never end. Unlike a stand-alone, single-player RPG with a comparatively distinct path from start to finish, the adventure in online titles can go on indefinitely, thanks to periodically added extra content and the huge supply of new companions to go questing with.

But as appealing as a game that never has to end may be to hard-core gamers, many of them recently found out they were playing one that couldn’t, as the logout function mysteriously disappeared from one of Japan’s most popular online RPGs.

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Step aside, idol groups! China’s busty game babes are here to steal the limelight【Photos】

It’s nothing new to hear of game companies hiring lovely booth babes and beautiful models to promote their products but recently, Chinese online game, Jiu Ding Tian Xia (九鼎天下) , hosted by Baidu Games heated up the competition by gathering a sizable group of 15 busty girls to form the “heavenly babe group”, F90.

How heavenly do they get? Check out their pictures and profiles after the jump!

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March over to Yahoo! Games for the beta release of Dragon Quest Monster Parade!

Dragon Quest is a long-running series of role-playing video games with a sizeable selection of spin-offs, novels, manga, and anime adaptations. Most people recognize it for its mascot, the mostly harmless bouncing blue slime, a googly-eyed monster present in each of the title’s many incarnations.

Although Dragon Quest is usually categorized as a console game, the newest title to be added to their list of very special spin-offs is an online PC game playable through Yahoo! Games. It’s called Dragon Quest Monster Parade and is sure to draw the attention of slime lovers everywhere! Curious parties can try out the game’s open beta test starting in just a couple days, and anyone who registers to play early will get a special present from makers Square Enix!

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Anthropomorphized anime warships game inspired by prewar Japanese tourism poster?!

From countries and camera lenses to burgers and government corporations, Japan has a vibrant moe culture of personifying inanimate objects – in other words, turning them into cute, giant-eyed anime characters. The latest addition is a game populated by beautiful, shapely “warships”, which seems like a very modern idea but may actually have its origins in the prewar era.

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Online Game Addiction: Not Exactly “Substance” Abuse But Could Be Becoming a Serious Problem in Japan

Viewers may recall that we recently brought to you a story about a sad post on Yahoo!Answers involving a husband who lost his wife in the virtual game world of Animal Crossing.

Now, we have no way of knowing whether that post was a joke or a true cry for help, but the fact remains that there are people out there in similar desperate situations and in need of help. Granted, people — especially the young — becoming focused on game-playing to the point of obsession is nothing new, but online game addiction appears to be an increasingly serious problem here in Japan. Read More