Lost in translation: Japanese self-censorship


It’s no secret that Japan strives to be different from the West when it comes to entertainment, and this difference is clearly expressed in the video games the country exports. However, games released in Japan are often radically different from the Western version, and not just in terms of language.

It’s an old phenomenon, dating back to the Nintendo Entertainment System, with games such as Top Secret: Resurrection of Hitler being renamed to Bionic Commando for its release in the West, and having all references to Nazis removed and replaced with innocuous versions, such as Hitler being renamed Master-D. A less egregious example would be the renaming of the spell “Holy” in the original Final Fantasy to “Pearl”, as Squaresoft wanted to avoid religious connotations, something they would repeat in their later Final Fantasy games, specifically IV and VI.

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Games to get you through 2016


Looking at some of the releases scheduled for 2016, it will certainly be an exciting year for gaming. With releases ranging from The Division to Mass Effect, there is definitely something for every type of gamer..

The Street Fighter series is one of the world’s most popular fighting games. Street Fighter V is set to be released for PS4 and PC on 16 February. Veterans of the game can expect a familiar art style, with vibrant graphics bringing the game to life.

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Getting inside the game: a look at interactive gaming


For many people, sitting on the couch and playing a game is simply not enough anymore. Game developers have taken the next step and are moving toward immersing the player into the game itself. From virtual reality headsets to real-world interactive mobile games, gamers can now be a part of their favourite games in a completely new way.

The Oculus Rift is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality headgear made available to the public. The headset allows the wearer to feel as though they are inside the game they’re playing, due to the high-resolution display, and can be used while sitting, standing, or walking. Its primary purpose is for enhanced gaming, but it can also be used to view other media. The consumer model, the CV1, will be released in early 2016 and each headset will come with an Xbox One controller.

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Undertale - Toby Fox


Toward the end of 2015 a game was released, seemingly without any fanfare, which skyrocketed to the top of nearly every critic’s Game of the Year list almost instantly. Undertale is a game with a simple premise: you, a young human child, fall into the underground kingdom of the monsters, who were sealed there after a war against humanity. Surprisingly though, almost all the monsters are actually relatable, and for this reason the player is given the opportunity to spare the majority of your enemies, thus ending battles peacefully. Or you can kill the entire monstrous race.

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Solving the console question: to buy or not to buy


It has been almost two years since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were launched, and almost three years since the Wii U console was launched. As expected, many people rushed to get their hands on these brand new consoles on launch day and the days following, but many gamers decided to stick with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii consoles, for legitimate reasons. However, the year is 2015, and it could not be a better time to make the jump to the new consoles.

When their consoles launched in 2012 and 2013, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo focused their attention on showing potential customers what these systems could do. This was seen in Nintendo’s E3 press conference in 2011, as well as Sony and Microsoft’s E3 press conferences in 2012 and 2013. As a result of this decision, new game announcements for these consoles were scarce, leading to scant games at the respective launches of these platforms. This issue, however, has since been resolved. After the consoles hit store shelves, the companies decided to focus their attention on delivering the best games for their respective platforms. Nintendo is using the Wii U to evolve their most beloved franchises, delivering the next iterations of popular titles such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and even third-party exclusives such as the widely acclaimed Bayonetta series. In 2016, Nintendo is set to release Star Fox Zero, a new game in the Star Fox series that has long been untouched, as well as a new Legend of Zelda game.

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