I don’t always wear gaming-themed clothing, but when I do, I like to do it in style! I kid, but when it comes to gaming threads, there’s a fine line between “wink nod” game references on trendy clothing and obnoxiously obvious tees that proclaim your love for all things nerdy for the world to see.
I love Gackt. I imagine a lot of people who got into Japanese culture in the late 90s and thought themselves to be somewhat alternative love Gackt. But, you know, my love with the somewhat-infamous singer isn’t the kind of all-encompassing love a lot of young girls express for their male idols, it’s an ironic kind of love. Yes, I love(d?) his music, but after seeing him on Japanese television and watching the film he wrote and starred in with fellow singer Hyde (Moon Child), as well as his international debut in Bunraku (with Josh Hartnett), I can conclude he is completely nuts. And I kind of love him for it.
In fact, the guy who once proclaimed he was an immortal vampire is turning 41 tomorrow, so happy birthday, Gackt! But that’s not what I’m here to celebrate today… Instead, I want to talk about the new Let’s Play series Gackt has launched in collaboration with Nestlé Japan. Every day for a whole year, videos of Gackt playing various retro video games will be posted to Nestlé Japan’s YouTube channel in what might be the strangest collaboration I’ve heard of in quite a while!
Does Gackt even like video games? What does this have to do with Nestlé? Well, they’re giving away some Nescafé coffee machines signed by Gackt, so there’s that… What we do know about this new series is that the episodes will be posted every day at 7 pm Japan time and will last between 5 to 10 minutes. He’ll also be playing between 5 and 10 different titles a month. So far he’s played Mega Man 2 and Super Dodge Ball and… he’s not very good at it. Nor does he look all that amused. Ah, Gackt, you’ve finally started to age… There’s something oddly charming about his nonchalant manner and the fact that he doesn’t ever take his sunglasses off despite all the weird mood lighting going on in the room they have him playing these games in.
Unfortunately the series is currently only available in Japanese, but some zealous fan might subtitle them à la Game Center CX. Still, I think it’s amusing enough to watch even if you don’t know what’s being said. I’m cheering you on, Gackt!
Have you ever wondered, “How can I be as kawaii as Ben Bateman?” Well, today’s your lucky day, as the man himself (@benspants) agreed to join me on this little podcast shindig to answer that very question! We even talk about game localization and what it means to be a localization editor, along with Ben’s experiences working at Aksys Games, too. In addition to revealing his origins in film (gasp!), Ben agrees to go under the magnifying glass for an onslaught of Twitter questions. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like being in the game localization business, you don’t want to miss this one!
After a podcast-length discussion on all things Ben, we then turn to what anime we’ve been watching (it’s a 2.5 hour recording, folks!). Shows discussed include Hunter x Hunter, Chihayafuru, Kill La Kill, and Space Dandy, and Ben also weighs in on Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises for good measure.
Note: My audio goes a bit weird around the 50 min mark. Luckily, I was able to fix it, so if it really bothers you just skip a couple of minutes ahead! Sorry about that!
Opening ♫ – Sōkyū no Hikari – Faylan
Closing ♫ – Karuta reading
In honour of Hatsune Miku Project Diva f 2nd coming out in English later this year, my Nichiest Podcast Ever co-host, prolific games writer, and pro podcaster shidoshi joins me to discuss all things Vocaloid! Okay, we recorded this episode way before Sega dropped the Project Diva f 2nd bombshell this week, but it’s perfect timing, wouldn’t you say?
First, however, we have to go over some news, and we manage to delve into a rather lengthy discussion of otome games because it wouldn’t be an episode of Chic Pixel Plus without at least a little otoge talk! But if you’ve always wanted to know what the big deal is about Vocaloids, you’ve come to the right place! We cover everything from their origins to live concerts in LA, so be sure to stick around after the news if you want to learn more about the Vocaloid phenomenon.
shidoshi’s best of Megurine Luka playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-6MIC0cgNRztTwBAY9KV6Nu6Lu-mM-dV
my favorite Vocaloid songs playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuUfAMsT1dl3bCjd26WCWDHV5bJcO2Y_A
Opening ♫ – levan Polkka Hatsune Miku cover ver. – Otomania
Closing ♫ – ???
Chic Pixel Plus is back after a month absence with everyone’s favorite man in Japan, Elliot Gay! We’ve been keeping ourselves busy, so there’s plenty to talk about. Two and a half hours of things to talk about, in fact!
Elliot lives to tell the tale of his encounter with the 5 meter Attack on Titan burger, watches the Persona 3 movie, and plays Puyo Puyo Tetris and Toushin Toshi. I slowly turn into Hatsune Miku, play Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 and Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and watch The Wind Rises. We also talk about a whole slew of interesting news including our favorite announcements from Bit Summit, have a weird tangent on meat and potatoes, and answer a bunch of listener questions!
Note: Once again, I got the episode number wrong during recording! This is definitely episode 16, not 17. Sorry about that!
Elliot’s Persona 3 movie article: http://www.japanator.com/impressions-persona-3-the-movie-1-spring-of-birth-31587.phtml
Monster Hunter 10th Anniversary Community Game-Along info: http://www.chic-pixel.com/2014/02/introducing-monster-hunter-10th.html
Opening ♫ – Monokuma-Sensei’s Lesson – Masafumi Takada
Closing ♫ – Burn My Dread -Spring of Birth ver.- – Shōji Meguro
Looking back, I’m surprised I made it 15 episodes without naming one of them “Anime Boyfriends.” Well, the time has finally come, and who better to talk about anime boyfriend simulators (aka otome and BL games) with than Amanda Cosmos? Her background in QA brings some really interesting insight to the discussion, as well, since I know absolutely nothing about how games work beneath what I see on the screen. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with otome or BL games – we discuss exactly what those words mean, as well as some standout titles in the genres and our own personal favorites!
Remember, February is Dating Sim Month, so there’s no better time to jump into the genre!
Dating Sim Community Game-Along information: http://www.chic-pixel.com/2014/01/introducing-dating-sim-community-game.html
Amanda’s Otome 101 part 1: http://acosmos.net/post/75479460804/otome-games-101-origins
Opening ♫ – Ai Catch – Goatbed
Closing ♫ – Orion de SHOUT OUT – Kishō Taniyama
Just in time for Christmas, it’s the first annual Chic Pixel Plus Holiday Special! And a special podcast it is, as I have none other than esteemed game critic Brad Gallaway with me to discuss Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale, monster media, two iOS games with the word “puzzle” in their title, and, of course, all things holiday related!
In addition to reminiscing a little on Christmases past and divulging a little of what’s bringing us cheer this year, we also chat about a few of our favorite games from 2013 and unanimously declare it to be the year of the PSP.
Super Asian Bundle Blast – http://bundleofholding.com/index/current (ends 24 Dec!)
Brad’s top games of 2013 – http://drinkingcoffeecola.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-top-10-games-of-2013-according-to-me.html
Opening ♫ – Chocobo’s Happy Christmas – Masashi Hamauzu
Closing ♫ – Omedetou Kurisumasu – Rica Fukami & Columbia Yurikago Kai