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The aftermath of that huge fuel explosion in China looks like a post-apocalyptic video game

If you don’t live in China or an adjacent country where you could presumably still hear the blast, or have been otherwise living under a rock, you may not have heard about the insanely huge explosion that rocked the city of Tianjin on Wednesday and briefly caused the city to look like the set of a conspicuously over-budgeted natural disaster movie.

Unfortunately, this disaster was very real and, tragically, has so far cost at least 50 people their lives, with many more still in critical condition. But, with the threat of further explosions unlikely, news cameras have started picking their way through the wreckage and devastation of the explosion, which occurred at a hazardous chemicals warehouse site, and the fallout looks just like a scene from a post-apocalyptic video game.

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One for the ladies: MMORPG “Avabel Online” brings female gamers together

In Japan, playing video games isn’t really considered to be a “geeky”, boys’ hobby as much as it can be in the west. The rise of smartphone games in particular have made playing video games in public totally normal, and you’re just as likely to see a young, besuited salarywoman (virtual) button-mashing away on the train as you are a teenage boy.

This commercial for smartphone MMORPG Avabel Online shows what we mean! In it, a group of female friends (who are actually budding actresses who won a competition to be the promotional “faces” of the game), are shown playing together in various locations – a cafe, someone’s bedroom, and more. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a pretty cool ad to watch.

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Resident Evil 2 remake officially announced by Capcom 【Video】

Resident Evil 2 has been back on our radar recently thanks to some impressive fan projects. Today, though, it’s the professionals who’re shining the spotlight on the second installment of the series, as developer Capcom has officially announced that it’s remaking the survival horror classic.

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Ridiculously talented musician reproduces Super Mario Bros. 3 music & sound effects 【Video】

I’m always in awe of people gifted with musical talents. But nothing prepared me to be blown away by the Canadian musical genius who single-handedly reproduced the music and sound effects from NES classic Super Mario Bros. 3 using nothing but old-school instruments.

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Final Fantasy’s Cloud gets special illustrated birthday card from designer Tetsuya Nomura

If you’re putting together a profile for a video game or anime character, the inclusion of certain bits of information are optional, such as favorite food, hobby, or breast weight. But just about every fictional character coming from Japan has an official birthday. As a matter of fact, it’s become such a standard bit of background information for anime and video game characters that you can search online and find dozens to sing happy birthday to on any given day.

This week, though, was the birthday of an especially popular figure: Cloud Strife. Not only did the hero of Final Fantasy VII hero receive plenty of warm wishes from fans, he also got an illustrated birthday card from his designer himself, Tetsuya Nomura.

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“Hang Em Hyrule” takes Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda to the Wild West 【Video】

The Legend of Zelda‘s Link has worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively. We’ve seen him as a train driver, a goat herder, sailing the high seas with a bunch of cartoonish pirates, cavorting with fairies in the forest, you name it. Never, though, have we seen him as a gunslinging cowboy.

That is, until now.

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Resident Evil 2 cosplay outfit and its GIANT MOVING EYEBALL are terrifyingly awesome

A lot of gamers have a soft spot for Resident Evil 2. Maybe it’s because the second chapter of Capcom’s survival horror franchise introduced us to fan-favorite Leon Kennedy, or because of its unique dual scenario system that added longevity to the game by slightly altering its events depending on whether you choose to begin play as Leon or fellow zombie fighter Claire Redfield.

In recent days, we’ve seen a group of Italian fans start crafting a remake of the classic title, but they’re not the only ones channeling their love of the game into creative endeavors, as one Japanese cosplayer has put the finishing touches on an incredible cosplay outfit of Resident Evil 2’s last boss.

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Here’s what every PlayStation game released in Japan looks like, and how much the bundle sold for

Many people tend to forget just how huge the volume of games released for the original PlayStation was. Sony’s first dedicated console conquered the gaming world in a way that hasn’t been seen since, and with a massive user base all clustered around the same hardware and the lower production costs of the CD format attracting large and small developers alike to the market, the PlayStation’s vast library meant that many titles slipped by even the most die-hard gamers of the day.

Some twenty years later, collectors now scour used shops and online auctions for the elusive treasures they missed out on buying new. Of course, such quests take a lot of time and energy, especially when you add in the legwork of making the rounds to brick-and-mortar stores, but for gamers with classic tastes, it’s all worth it when they finally unearth that forgotten gem.

Or, you can do what one Japanese collector did, and just buy a massive bundle of every game ever released for the PlayStation in Japan.

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Thanks, Konami! Brand-new Silent Hill game coming in October…to pachinko parlors?!?

From the consumer end, it’s easy to mistakenly assume that video game publishers’ only concerns are creating art and providing fun. The reality, though, is that like with any human endeavor, time and money are always limiting factors in game development, and while an abundance of one can sometimes help cover for a lack of the other, at the end of the day there are only so many resources to go around, and companies can’t greenlight every project pitched to them.

But that just makes it all the more heart-warming when a major publisher gives the go-ahead to a new installment of a fan-favorite. Remember how a few months ago Konami halted digital distribution of horror sensation P.T. and the associated Silent Hills, the daydream-come-to-life collaboration between game and film directors Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro? All water under the bridge, because there’s a brand new Silent Hill game coming in October, and it’ll cost less than a buck to play!

Konami is even being bold enough to take the franchise into an entirely new genre: pachinko.

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New Attack on Titan game coming to PlayStation 4 from Koei Tecmo 【Video】

The live-action Attack on Titan movie is currently playing in theaters across Japan, but the film adaptation’s decision to go very much its own way means it isn’t exactly scratching the itch felt by fans of the anime and manga. But while the movie and its sequel are going to have to succeed or fail by their own merits or lack thereof, there’s good news for everyone who’s chomping at the bit to see the heroes they know and love in action again, as there’s a new Attack on Titan video game on the way that looks to be much more in keeping with the tone of its source material.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s GamesCom trailer previews open world

The official website of Konami‘s upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain began streaming the GamesCom 2015 trailer for the game on Wednesday. The trailer previews the open world environment for the game.

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Japanese rhythm game rewards players with panty flashes, punishes with male butts and crotches

In general, rhythm games don’t have graphics so much as displays. Most of the time the player’s eyes are focused on the series of notes flowing down from the top of the screen, and everything else that’s happening visually is actually sort of a distraction.

But what if you simplified things? If you made the rhythm constant, and didn’t specify which button the player has to press in time with the music, you could free his gaze and let him look wherever he wants. In that case, you might as well reward him for skilled play with some panty flashes, and punish his mistakes with a muscular male crotch.

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Mexico wins World Cosplay Summit 2015 championship 【Videos】

The World Cosplay Summit 2015 competition crowned Mexico representatives Twin Cosplay as the Grand Champions at the award ceremony on Saturday. The duo also took home the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award, ANA Prize, and the Tabi Pad Award.

Twin Cosplay‘s presentation was based on Nintendo‘s Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask video game. Between the two, a total of four costume and set transformations take place in three minutes.

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The Last Guardian’s director talks about delays, what to expect in finished PlayStation 4 game

In discussions about video game director Fumito Ueda and his works, you’ll often hear the terms “innovative,” “poetic,” and “beautiful” pop up. Some might even call the man a visionary, but one word you can’t use to describe Ueda is “prolific.”

After releasing his directorial debut, Ico, in 2001, Ueda followed up with Shadow of the Colossus in 2005, which remains his most recent finished product. But six years since its initial announcement, Ueda’s latest project, The Last Guardian, is finally nearing completion, and the creator recently sat down with reporters to discuss the game’s numerous delays as well as what fans can expect when they finally get the chance to play it for themselves.

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Here’s why you shouldn’t leave your anime girl pillow alone with a frisky Winnie the Pooh

For a country that’s ordinarily very concerned with not doing anything to shock or offend, Japan can be extremely open about its sexual tastes, in ways that manifest as both perfectly healthy and perfectly pervy. Japan is also pretty open and comfortable with its weakness for cute things, as you’ll often see adults of both genders sporting clothing or accessories bearing the image of popular children’s characters.

But what happens when you have both a sexy anime huggy pillow and a cute Disney stuffed animal in your bedroom, and you leave them alone for a while?

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Dragon Quest XI’s main protagonist’s outfit may reveal a spoilery secret origin

Common knowledge to basically anyone conceivably reading this website, Japan is responsible for two of the world’s biggest, longest-running and most well-known console RPG seriesFinal Fantasy and Dragon Quest. While both have historically featured similar gameplay (random enemy encounters, turn-based battles and the like), the two series are distinct enough that many JRPG fans prefer either one or the other series.

While Dragon Quest has evolved into a kind of cutesy, anime-inspired, all-ages RPG series, for example, Final Fantasy has always taken a more adult tack. And while each game in the Final Fantasy series takes place in a totally distinct universe from other entries, the games of the Dragon Quest series are at least loosely related to one another, making some interesting and sometimes dark game-to-game connections evident to observant players.

And one such dark connection may be hiding in plain sight in the upcoming Dragon Quest XI’s promotional materials.

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Awesome retro faceplate turns your New Nintendo 3DS into an old-school Game & Watch

With its Super Famicom-esque face buttons, the New Nintendo 3DS is already rocking the retro in a big way. But if you’d like your portable console to look even more old-school, this fully functional Game & Watch-themed faceplate from Japanese gadget and accessory maker Colombus Circle is sure to do the trick!

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You can’t remake perfection, but Resident Evil 2 fans try anyway (and get creators’ attention)

Resident Evil 2 was released for the original Sony Playstation in 1998 and built upon the foundations of the first Resident Evil game to spawn an entire franchise of viral zombie horror games, movies, and other media. While the first game had a fairly self-contained “haunted house” type story, the second game put a Hollywood-esque movie-style spin on things, pitting players against an entire city of bloodthirsty zombies. It is Resident Evil 2 that gave birth to the Resident Evil franchise, and it is Resident Evil 2 that fans most desperately wish to see remade with modern technology.

But, while Capcom, the series’ creator, has recently been busy polishing up and re-releasing two old remakes of the original game and its prequel, an official Resident Evil 2 remake has yet to materialise. Instead, several dedicated fans from Italian indie software development studio Invader Games has taken matters into their own hands and rolled out their own version of Resident Evil 2, built using Unreal Engine 4.

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Metal Gear Solid composer talks Konami fall out

By now, the video gaming community is all but painfully aware of the sudden divorce between game director Hideo Kojima and game developer Konami. Solid Snake himself has even tweeted the fact that studio Kojima Productions has been disbanded, the studio logo having been removed from advertisement posters for the upcoming title, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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The female cosplayers (and their occasionally male characters) of Summer Wonder Festival

Last weekend, it was once again time for Japan’s model and garage kit enthusiasts to gather for the summer iteration of Wonder Festival, held at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba Prefecture. But while the event’s primary goal is to showcase the talents of those recreating anime and video game characters in plastic and resin, you’ll also find plenty of fans bringing their favorite heroes and heroines to life in flesh and cloth, as Wonder Festival has also become a major draw for cosplayers.

But would the soaring temperature during this year’s Summer Wonder Festival keep cosplayers in their air-conditioned homes? Not at all, and we figured if they were going to brave the heat, we would too, so we grabbed our camera and headed for the convention.

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