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Lightgazing | Japan’s best illumination spots of 2013

Illumination. It’s an odd word to hear in a sentence, made only odder as a seeming tourist destination. But In Japan, especially around this time of …

The World's Newest Island, Niijima

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Monster Hunter 4 ships 3 million copies in Japan

3DS role-playing game Monster Hunter 4 has now shipped 3 million copies in Japan since release in September, a new record for any third-party 3DS game in Japan, Capcom announced today<p>This figure, up from 2 million during launch week, includes physical copies shipped and digital units sold through …

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New Harvest Moon game coming to 3DS in February

Yasuhiro Wada, original creator of the <i>Harvest Moon</i> series, may be releasing the spiritual successor to his creation in a couple weeks, but current rights-holder Marvelous AQL is still proceeding along with the <i>HM</i> series itself. This week's issue of Famitsu magazine has the first info on the new …

Monster Hunter video discusses the fight against a giant sand whale

A new video from Capcom discusses the battle against the Jhen Mohran, a beast in <i>Monster Hunter Tri</i> and <i>Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate</i>.<p>The Jhen Mohran is fought from the deck of a sand ship sailing a desert; it was designed to evoke whale hunts in the age of sail. Players must time attacks carefully to …

'I'm glad I'm back home': Famitsu reviews FF14: A Realm Reborn

No console games are coming out next week in Japan, a nation currently in the calm before the storm of the holiday season rush. But this week's <i>Famitsu</i> magazine still has a console review section — which it devoted entirely to reviewing the PlayStation 3 version of <i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i>, …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Lightning and Snow showdown in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 cinematic

The opening cinematic for <i>Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13</i> not only offers players a brief glimpse at the extravagant city of Yusnaan, it portrays the entire battle between Lightning and her former ally, Snow.<p>In <i>Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13</i>, protagonist Lightning must save the souls of …

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII -- 5-Minute Opening Cinematic

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review

The awesome premise: I'm Lightning, God's chosen savior, sent forth to a dying world. My job is to save the souls of the doomed so they can be reborn …

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn review

A smorgasbord. That’s what Square Enix’s new reincarnation of Final Fantasy XIV is. You want to level? Great, here are three or four ways you can do …

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2 coming to PS Vita

<i>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2</i>, a remake of <i>Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2</i>, is in development for the PlayStation Vita, Idea Factory and Compile Heart announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2013.<p>According to Dengeki Online, the developers said that <i>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2</i> is a placeholder …

Deep Down will be free-to-play

A new adventure awaits<p>Announced during Sony's PlayStation 4 reveal event in February, Capcom's Deep Down is still something of a mystery. It's got …

Interview with Rain composer Yugo Kanno and vocalist Connie Talbot

Capturing the sound of Rain<p>Emotions run wild in developer SCE Studios Japan's upcoming adventure title, Rain. The game takes players to a mysterious …

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII - TGS 2013 Trailer - IGN Video

Take a look at the diverse world of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, plus watch Lightning be a badass.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn returns to digital shelves, best deal is 25% off

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Dealzon.</i><p>The hit August release <i>Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn</i> is back on sale after a nearly 3 week long sale freeze. In an effort to dodge a total <i>SimCity</i> like disaster, Square Enix hit the pause button on sales limiting the population, while it cranked out …

Tales of Xillia 2 TGS trailer hints at a mysterious time-altering choice

<i>Tales of Xillia 2</i> will task players with making one very important, weighty choice, according to the latest English trailer for the game unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Game Show today.<p>The trailer above focuses on characters Elle and Ludger and offers scant details on a mysterious trial. Ludger, who …

Deception 4, Atelier Escha & Logy and Toukiden coming early 2014 in Europe, Australia

<i>Deception 4: Blood Ties</i> and <i>Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk</i> for PlayStation 3 and <i>Toukiden: the Age of Demons</i> for the PlayStation Vita will arrive in Europe and Australia early 2014, Tecmo Koei Europe announced today.<p><i>Toukiden: the Age of Demons</i> features character customisation, six non-player …

Final Fantasy 15's character-driven story defines it as a series title, says Nomura

<i>Final Fantasy 15</i> may be the first entry in the long-running role-playing franchise's numbered series to have action-oriented combat, but its relationship-driven storyline is what defines it as a Final Fantasy title, Tetsuya Nomura told Famitsu.<p>In previous Final Fantasy titles, the games' plot-heavy …

Tokyo Game Show 2013 cosplay gallery

Tokyo Game Show 2013 is underway, and we're live at the show to bring you the best in gaming news, previews, and features. Oh, and cosplay. Lots and …

Capcom's Deep Down will be free-to-play on PS4

PlayStation 4 dungeon crawler <i>Deep Down</i> will be a free-to-play title, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono announced during a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show today.<p>Capcom plans to have an open beta ready for the online game near the launch of the PS4 in Japan, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said on Twitter. …

Lightning Returns lets you cosplay as Final Fantasy 10's Yuna

Lightning's expansive wardrobe in her next outing, <i>Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13</i>, will include a costume based on Yuna from <i>Final Fantasy 10</i>, Square Enix revealed at Tokyo Game Show today. The costume, called "Spira's Summoner," is one of 80 outfits the publisher is promising for the …

6 trends we noticed from Tokyo Game Show 2013

The future, or the past?<p>Tokyo Game Show used to be the biggest event of the year for gamers, but as Japanese development found itself being overtaken …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Aug<p>18<p>Sat<p>Featuring Special Guest Locash<p>Power Plant Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Aug<p>19<p>Sun<p>Tall Heights<p>Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, …

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Redefining car culture with Gran Turismo creator Kaz Yamauchi

Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo series has been a cultural phenomenon, a force renowned beyond the realm of video games, since its debut on the original PlayStation in 1998.<p>We're a few months away from the launch of <i>Gran Turismo 6</i> on PlayStation 3, which is scheduled for Dec. 6. The series' scope …