Why Don’t We Have These in The West? Retro Game Bars!

The state of webdesign in Japan is miles behind that used elsewhere, but Game Bar Continue in Osaka seems to be in America Muri (Think China Town but American but not really) And has a host of video game consoles that you can rent by the hour as well as booze (From my reading you aren’t allowed to bring your own games, although the statement might be that you are allowed to bring your own games…

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Also in Osaka is Game Bar Dendo which just has a static page. Although that has got a map on it…

And and address:

2nd floor leisure Misono 2-3-9 Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Building Sennichimae ? 542-0074

TEL 06-6648-8148

Although sadly it seems like you can’t play any of their games, they are just for display… Points deducted for that I think…

In Kyoto you can find Cafe la Siesta who have a slightly nicer website but it’s also impossible to navigate as it’s all in a frame that is pretendinf to be a game console…

They DO have a map that looks quite retro:

More importantly they have a giant Game Boy!

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Who doesn’t want to play this shit?! Their menu is pixelated too:

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Source Hiyoko-g and again and again…

So why don’t we have this kind of thing in the west? Maybe we don’t have the geek culture they do in Japan, but I think that enough people would come to one of these if it was in a big enough city, and maybe diversified into board games too?

Is Microsoft Saying Fuck-You to Multi Gamer Households?

According to Edge Microsoft’s next X-Box console is going to require an always on connection to play games and games may be linked to a gamer tag to stop people reselling their games.

I don’t really care about the resell market, I’ve got games that I’ve had for over 20 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever sold a game. I’ve bought second hand games before, but I guess I’ll live without that.

Sure I’ll be a little annoyed that I can’t get classic titles that are out of print any more, I recently got my other half K.O.T.O.R. 1 and 2 for the X-Box and she loved them.

But what will make me think twice about getting an X-Box 720 if they do this is that I live in a two gamer household, with two X-Box 360s and I don’t buy games just for me to play, I buy them so I can play them as well as my other half. I already find it really irritating that we have to decide who gets to activate the DLC code for a game when we buy one, this happened when I decided to give Mass Effect 2 a shot 3 years after my girlfriend completed it: I couldn’t use the online features because she’d used the code on her gamer account.

But if I can’t play the game at all… Screw you Microsoft I’m not even going to buy your console.

Sony have a way around this, they have a parent account and all other user accounts are sub accounts of that account, so I guess if you activate a game for the parent account it would remain active for the sub accounts.

Microsoft don’t, as far as I can tell, do this. They have a family version of X-Box Live Gold which allows you to pay for 4 accounts to be gold for less money, but they don’t have a system of attributing accounts to a household.

To be fair to Microsoft previously they didn’t let you log the same account onto two different consoles without importing it over which would stop it working on the old console, so they recognise the people might own more than one X-Box, but do they recognise that more than one person might “Own” a game?

I’m not averse to buying two copies of a game to play multi-player, I own two copies of Halo 3 and Borderlands 2, both so that we could play multi-player over 2 consoles, but I really object to buying a game twice so that both myself and the person I live with can play a single player game.

Are You a Gamer and an Alcoholic?

Liquor Hip Flask Stainless Steel Gameboy Serie 1   6 oz (F-65)

This Game Boy hip flask is available on Etsy from suzidressroom for just $16.59, but hurry there is only one. on a side note I don’t recall the text “Game Boy” being written in Comic Sans…

Here are the details:

This is a brand new stainless steel flask, excellent for gifts (weddings, birthdays, anniversaries), holidays, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, sporting events, bachelor parties and etc.

– Screw Cap with holder
– Made from Stainless Steel
– Lightweight and fit in your pocket
– Waterproof vinyl skin with UV resistance

This flask holds a full 6 oz and is perfect for you and your friends’ night on the town! Instead of buying several shots take our hip flasks along and the money you save after just 1 use will be more than enough to pay for your drinking flask!

Artwork is printed on a durable vinyl material and covered with multiple layers of crystal clear, does not easily tear, waterproof

 

Super Mario Brothers Kimono

I’m a little sad that my Japanese isn’t good enough to tell you the complete story behind this assuming there is one. From what I can gather the original Japanese post is just a blog post about geeky T-Shirts, and it happens to have this Kimono in it too.

The homemade (I assume?) Mario Kimono has a scent from Super Mario Bros embroidered on the “Obi” and the start screen on the back, as well as having Mario, Peach, Bowser a Boo and a 1-Up mushroom on the kimono.

The Famicom (What the Japanese NES was) controller obi tie makes it perfect.

Via Hiyoko-g

Incidentally the same post also has this pretty cool Gameboy Dress:

And these funky Gamer tights:

This is the 21st in a series of “Show Me Your Gamer Shirts” Blog posts by this blogger, so there is a lot more to see there.

Tentacle Attack Bookends

Solid metal bookends depicting a woman being fondled by a scary tentacled monster which has punched through a set of books.

Your’s for the the princely sum of $42.99 from Knob Creek Metal Arts.

 

Pac Man Mini Cooper

Artist Matt W. Moore has designed this awesome Mini Cooper with a Pac Man theme, I’m going to admit that I’ve always been sceptical of the  appeal of the new Minis but this… This I would drive.

He’s also done a space invaders themed paint job which is not where near as cool…

Via Like Cool

I’ve found a render? of this on YouTube which appears to be available on Forza 4… I’m not entirely sure though as I don’t have a copy of Forza 4 handy and it really looks like the photo shoot above… But the description says:

This design is 1 of my Favorite I’ve made. I love Mini Coopers with a passion. Just 1 day I might be able to get a Mini cooper to paint this design on it.

If you want the Design in the Storefront. There are two ways to get it.
Gamertag: DJ Lime
Keywords: DJKS DJKustoms PacMan Pac Man Mr Mrs

So you never know…

Neon Genesis Evangelion Themed DSLR

Pentax parades Evangelionflavored Q10s
EVA-1 Shinji Ikari

 

It’s not often I get talk about both anime and photography, Pentax are releasing an Evangelion themed Q10 DSLR in April, sadly it’s Japan only and they are only making 1,500 of each model so the chances of getting your grubby mitts on one is fairly low. But you can dream.

It’s going to clock in at 59,800 Yen ($660 or a little over £400)  for that that you get a 12.4 megapixel, mirrorless interchangable lens camera which can also shoot video in fill HD.

It’s apparently not just going to come in the above EVA-1 colour palette but will be available in the other EVA models as well.

TYPE00: Ray
EVA-00 Rei Ayanami
TYPE02: Asuka
EVA-02 Asuka Langley