Chic Pixel Plus: Episode 2 – Otaku Gaming

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s another episode of Chic Pixel Plus! To the surprise of everyone, including me, I’ve managed to get the second episode of my new podcast out the door on schedule. Sure, considering I called the first episode the pilot this technically is only episode one, and I managed to completely botch my opening and closing remarks, but we all have to start somewhere, right?

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory artwork
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

This week I’m joined by Matt Sainsbury of DigitallyDownloaded to discuss a particular niche of Japanese games often dubbed “otaku games.” Together, we hash out what makes these games appealing, why they tend to have a bad rep outside Japan, and what our favorite otaku games are. Of course, with the recent Xbox One reveal, we couldn’t help but add some of our thoughts, and I took the time to gush about the recent Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- announcement. Even if you’re not a fan of otaku games, be sure to tune in – you might learn something new!

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Time codes:
0:00:25 – introductions
0:01:48 – what are otaku games?
0:09:00 – Love Plus
0:19:15 – Photo Kano Kiss + Photo Kano anime
0:34:00 – Atelier series (Arland trilogy + Ayesha)
0:46:10 – Hyperdimension Neptunia series
0:59:45 – hurdles of publishing otaku games outside Japan, Mugen Souls, otome games
1:09:40 – upcoming otaku games (Time and Eternity)
1:13:48 – news! Xbone, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue anime, Freedom Wars
1:26:21 – closing remarks

Anne Lee || Chic Pixel || @apricotsushi
My Xbox one thoughts are included in this compilation of staff impressions at VGW

Matt Sainsbury || Digitally Downloaded || @DigitallyDownld
Matt’s Xbox one reaction piece

Opening ♫ Koi suru lens – Photo Kano
Ending ♫ Dimension tripper!!!! – Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation

This time around I used a different program to record the audio, and unfortunately I don’t think it turned out as well. Since I’m still getting the hang of all this, your feedback would be greatly appreciated!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Sorry, I can’t listen to this one. Can’t stand the sound of my own voice. >_<

    It was so much fun to do this though! Thank you again for the invite!

  • apricotsushi

    Oh, I know all about not liking to listen to your own voice! Imagine how I feel when I have to go back and edit the podcats! 😉

    Anyway, I’m glad you had fun! It was great chatting with you!

  • I just started listening and I like what I’m hearing. Though it’s really disorientating to have Anne on the left channel and Matt on the right channel, especially when listening to this on a headset.

  • I’M IN YOUR EAR 😀 >_<

  • Alois_Wittwer

    podcats <3

  • apricotsushi

    Sorry about that, I’ll try to fix it and reupload >_<

  • apricotsushi

    “Meow and welcome to Chic Pixel Plus, meow!”

  • Matt

    I really like these podcasts, but he was so quiet that I had to turn up the volume really high. Then, you would speak in a normal voice with the volume turned up to 11, and it was like getting punched in the ear.

  • Monster_Hunter2882

    Is it just me or does it look like the girl on the right wearing a green shirt in the picture looks like she’s about bite into the controller. Also I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard of the podcast but I haven’t finished it yet as I’ve been listing to bits and pieces of it. I’ll make sure to finish it and track down the 1st episode.

  • Good discussion – a niche of games I myself am quite interested in. And now I get to hear both your voice and Matt’s – yay!

    I am pretty excited about the upcoming Time & Eternity myself.

    The left/right headphone/channel thing didn’t particularly bother me. It was almost like I was sitting at a table with Matt on my right and Apricot on the left as I was listening in. 😛

    Nice work – both of you!