Episode 59 - Akihabara: The Mecca of Gaming

When we hear the term “video games”, we tend to think of a particular game or favorite console or a certain fond memory. However, after a recent trip to Tokyo, the first word association I’ll have going forward is not a thing, but a place. That place is Akihabara - the international destination for all gamers. In this episode, we talk about making our pilgrimage to the gaming holy land and what makes it so special.

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Episode 48 - Japanese Gaming Culture in Decline

While Japanese video game companies didn’t invent the category, they have certainly been the most influential throughout the life of the industry. Neither of us would be sitting here doing this podcast today if not for the likes of Nintendo, Sony, Sega, and many others. In spite of the emergence of Microsoft as a platform holder, Sony and Nintendo have each taken their turns as the best selling console, which has kept this feeling alive that Japanese companies still dominate the gaming world. The reality when you go a layer deeper is that the Japanese gaming market is in steep decline and Japanese developers have never been further behind the curve. In this episode, Chris and Aaron examine the “why” behind the fall of Japan’s rich gaming legacy and offer thoughts on where it’s going next. In a pitch-hitting assignments segment, Aaron shares his thoughts on Yakuza Kiwami for PS4.