Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UPCOMING TOKYO GAME SHOW 2014

September approaching!
I like September, because September is the month where Japan held the biggest game event, which is Tokyo Game Show!
 
I went to Tokyo Game Show 2011, Tokyo Game Show 2012 and Tokyo Game Show 2013.
I went to Tokyo Game Show 2012 with my friends, but I went alone on the other.
For those who didn't know, TGS is separated into 2 Session (each session is 2 day).
The first one is the Business Day, closed for public and can only be enter by those who work on media or business game related. Usually held on the first 2 day.
The next 2 days are the Public Day, as the name indicated, it is open for Public.

For those of you who wants to go to Tokyo Game Show in the upcoming years, I can give you a couple of pointers.

1. Come early.
This is important if you want to come on Public Day.
That's because the line can be very long on Public Day.
Some even starting queue very early in the morning (like 5 - 6 in the morning), even though the door opens at 10.
This is during business day and it keeps on going until outside

2. Prepare drinks
It's going to be VERY crowded inside.
And with a lot of people packed inside, it will become hot and damp.
You can buy drinks inside, but if you want to save money, it'll be better to bring your own.
Vending machine also available inside, usually located on the back, near toilet.

3. Patience
You need to have patience if you go to Tokyo Game Show.
You need to queue for everything, don't cut in between queue, it's basic ethic, really.
When entering, you have to queue.
When you want to try a game, you have to queue.
When you want to buy merchandise, you also have to queue.
Be patient...

4. Free Merchandise
It's true that you can get free merchandise from different Publisher all around the place.
However, sometimes they need to be earn.
To earn it, usually you have to play their game first and they will give it to you when you finish it.
It's best if you try to find publisher who give you a big bag, so you can keep all of your free merchandise inside it.

5. Avoid Merchandise Area
This only apply if you want to save money, if you don't... then go ahead and head to merchandise area. ^-^
There are A LOT of things that can be bought from Merchandise Area and some of them can be quite rare.
Usually, when you enter a merchandise booth, you will be given some kind of form.
Then you will enter a row of display and pick what you like.
There will be the name of the item on the form that you were given, and all you have to do is making a check on the item that you want to buy.
When you finish, just give the form at the cashier and they will get the item that you want.
Otherwise, there will be a lot of item on display and you can just pick them from the shelf.

6. Don't bring too many things
True that you can make use of the locker located on Makuhari Messe or the station.
But it will be filled fast, especially in Public Day.
Locker during Public Day usually being used by cosplayer to keep their stuff.
So better if you travel light, because at the end of the days, your hand will be full with merchandise anyway....

7. Leave early
If you don't want to be caught up in the rush hours, then avoid leaving close to closing hour.
Of course this is depends on you, nothing wrong if you want to stay from opening until closing time.
Just prepare for the rush hour, it can be very crowded on the train and on the bus.

Friday, July 4, 2014

FAN SERVICE, IS IT NECESSARY?

So, Free! Season 2 is just air and my FB wall is filled with it.
Nothing wrong with that, I like watching Free! and I enjoy the first season.
Before that, a friend show me Senran Kagura.
It's a game on PS Vita, and I think it's pretty good.
The gameplay is nice, and I always enjoy action.
But then it's start getting weird... clothes rip, breast bouncing and so on.
Then I realize... FAN SERVICE!

Just like Free! who offers "subtle" fan service for girls, Senran Kagura also have fan service for guys.
I look back again then notice Queen's Blade...
Well, sure... Free! have fan service, but nothing like... ripping clothes until they only wear underwear!
Then again, guys in video games have more "moral" then the girls in video games (especially in Japanese games).
The girls in Senran Kagura and Queen's Blade have no problem fighting around almost naked.
Dead or Alive, thankfully, "only" limited to sexy clothes and bouncing breast.
....... But maybe because us girls just feel disturbed when seeing guys fighting wearing only underwear? ^^;

Is fan service really necessary to sell a game?
It's true that most gamer are usually male, and nothing sell more to male than sexual attraction, right?
Well, I guess that depends on each person...
For me, well... maybe because I am a girl, seeing all those bouncing is really irritating...
Then again I don't really find a lot of fan service for girls in video games, most of the fan service is limited to good looking characters.

I ask again, is fan service necessary to sell a game?
Unfortunately, the answer is YES.
Let's admit it, there's too many games and gamer are starting to get fewer.
Most of them move either to mobile or PC, while handheld or console is starting to get left behind.
Because there's too many games, of course the publisher have to make the game looks interesting enough.
Good story and gameplay sometimes is not enough to attract more gamer to buy their games.
So they need more attractive element....
Considering that most gamer are male, of course they decided to sell the one thing that attract guys the most... which is, FEMALE.

Attract the gamer first, so they buy the game and (hopefully) they will enjoy the game itself.
Or they can release the game, and sell the sexy DLC costume later on...
You might say that it doesn't work, but at least it works for Dead or Alive series.
Otherwise, why they keep the DLC costume going?
Those costume are not cheap, but they still sell.

The same thing can be said for anime, of course.
Put big breast girls, tsundere and any other -dere for fan service, add with some emo story, and most of the times, it will sell.
For girls, put a bunch of good looking guys with -dere variation, flash some hugs between guys, show some skin, and most of the time it will sell as well.
Whether I like it or not, fan service do sell well.
And as long as the developer can keep on making great game (or anime), I guess I am willing to bear with the fan service things....

In the meantime, have some b***bs...