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by schadenfreude
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

For reasons that are too long to explain, I had to vacate my apartment for a few days last week. I was planning on doing the simple cop-out by booking some reasonably-priced place on Airbnb out in the sticks of Tokyo, but I decided to rough it like a man and stay in only manga kissaten and capsule h...
by schadenfreude
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Shenmue III
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Shenmue III

Ha, I guess I could, but the "problem" is that my ugly face is in all the pictures. If the link could be made to only be viewable by logged-in forum members, I'd post a link to my Flickr page. If you're really curious, PM me and I'll send you a link.
by schadenfreude
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Shenmue III
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Shenmue III

I was in Yokohama last weekend for fireworks and decided to head to Yokosuka beforehand to check out the Shenmue tourist spots. Some of the shops that were modeled in the game also hand out maps of the area, like these: http://www.cocoyoko.net/news/shenmue.html. I went to one of the military clothin...
by schadenfreude
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Yep, but ryokans charging by headcount makes sense if you're getting meals with your stay. If you're getting a room with no meals, however, charging per person makes no sense, but they still do it. Maybe it's a charge for preparing a futon for each guest? :roll: So Japanese overnight guests are okay...
by schadenfreude
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

6 Golden Coins is like Nintendo's attempt to port Super Mario World to the Game Boy but with really boring level design and characters. And monochrome graphics, viewed on a green vomit screen. I also prefer Super Mario Land, but they're both decent games for that crappy platform. I think the SFC Don...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I've been playing through some SFC games the past few weeks. The first one to note is Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajima, which I would summarize as a poor man's Zelda: it has similar graphics, design, and I believe the same engine as Kamigami no Triforce, but it's not nearly as compelling. You're ...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Also: fuck Akihabara. Once the novelty of the arcades wears off, you're left with a few game shops that stay in business by charging outrageous prices to ignorant gaijin (Yahoo Auctions is much cheaper and more convenient) and endless businesses that pander to the anime/manga/maid/figurine crowd. Pl...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

I forgot to update that I moved out of the Sakura House sharehouse in February and moved into my own studio apartment near Shinjuku. The company is called Fontana / Tokyo City Apartments, and I recommend them if you're looking to stay somewhere for 2 months or longer (their minimum). There's no key ...
by schadenfreude
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Yeah, I've seen your other posts on the forum mentioning the difficulty. I haven't played that one yet, so I am not sure how it compares. What difficulty did you play it on? I'm pretty sure if you play NG on Normal and remember to block, most of the game's difficulty is reasonable, if not a tad easy...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Very nice. I beat Ninja Gaiden Black on Hard on my first playthrough (haven't tried non-Black NG yet), and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I remember it being very painful in the beginning because I hadn't figured out the game yet, but past getting stuck for a bit at a few bosses (I...
by schadenfreude
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: [WTB] Someone in Japan to get 400 yen worth of mp3s on Amazon Japan
Replies: 4
Views: 1746

Re: [WTB] Someone in Japan to get 400 yen worth of mp3s on Amazon Japan

Sorry for the late reply — do you still need assistance with this? Let me know if so.
by schadenfreude
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Some UK poll from a couple of years ago found that 52% of the gaming audience was female . The rest of the article goes on to complain about underrepresentation in the industry and how to define "real" games and et cetera. I think an apt analogy for the kinds of games men are playing versu...
by schadenfreude
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

My personal favorite is dating girls who list "gaming" as a hobby and then try to play up our common interest: at best they play the latest JRPGs, at worst they just play simple Facebook and mobile games. It's also why I laugh at all the studies that say an equal number — if not more (!) —...
by schadenfreude
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [ETC] Try Tower Akihabara
Replies: 111
Views: 33727

Re: [ETC] Try Tower Akihabara

I've gone to Try a few times since arriving here. At first it was hard to find the place because I remembered it having a green facade on the front and logos clearly spelling the name when I was last here over two years ago, but the building Google maps suggested to me does not say "Try" a...
by schadenfreude
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 21
Views: 1768

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

Well lawl, I went with Sakura House because they had an opening in a place just a few minutes' walk from Akihabara, and here I am now typing this message. I couldn't find anything on Airbnb in the area that was affordable and not a closet with a bed in it, hence my resignation to use Sakura. Surpris...
by schadenfreude
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I played Zwei like a mofo... and it's not all that difficult either so cleared it many times. Ouch...I could never clear it or its predecessor. I believe I could get to the end of both games on a credit, but the final boss always did me in. I eventually stopped trying because the games are too slow...
by schadenfreude
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I approve of that offloading technique: many times before moving I have sold off some systems, then re-acquired them at a later date. I actually saved money by doing this because I sold the systems for cash on Craigslist, then re-bought them later for less, versus having to pay to ship them. Natural...
by schadenfreude
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Are you guys using the official Xbox High Definition AV Pack®? It's the only thing I've been using on my Xbox for component video, and the quality is terrific. They're a bit hard to find and pricey these days; I see them going for around $50 on eBay. At least they're not as ridiculously expensive as...
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Gaijin Punch wrote:
Radiant Silvergun


It's a great game, but I never got into it. Not sure why... maybe b/c everyone else did?


Gaijin Punch, the gaming hipster? ;)
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I'm starting to consider my self pretty much done with that era of gaming (pre-00) Anyway, I've been playing Radiant Silvergun lately :P Thanks for bringing this one up. I was actually playing the Saturn port about 2 or 3 months ago, but failed to post about it. I probably put 100 credits into the ...
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3584

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

:o

Were you ever a box-collecting fan? I have no interest in that or flyers, but at least some flyers look awesome. But a practically bare cardboard box? :?
by schadenfreude
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

That's a pretty serious 1CC. Congrats. Thanks, but note it's only the first loop! I wrote up a guide from memory of how to play through the stages in case I plan on picking it up in the future for the real deal, but for now I gotta move on. The only reason I can see to go all the way is for braggin...
by schadenfreude
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I'm pretty stoked, bros. I've been playing Makaimura on Capcom Generation for the PS1 for the past week or so — it's a great port and convinced me to delay building my MAME box for now — and I finally got the 1CC on the first loop. I played the game in MAME a lot about 7 years ago, so don't think I ...
by schadenfreude
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3584

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

How about a sealed NES Super Mario Bros. for $30,100?! I see plenty of VGA-graded sealed auctions of the game for around $1-3 thousand, so I think the price is a fluke. I still remember in the late 90s when Funcoland was for a time selling used Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/Track Meet/any combination ...
by schadenfreude
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 214954

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I'm talking about the SFC version, the only one I've played so far. I plan to check out Shun on PlayStation, maybe later this year. And I agree high-level play looks cool, but I don't want to dedicate the time to get that good. I enjoyed the game enough as a few-hours break from the action side-scro...

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