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Inside the Tokyo Game Show 2014!

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RtP! had a wonderful time at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, due largely to our involvement as official press. We came equipped with multiple video cameras as well as a NEW MIC for interviews. Our passes allowed us to comfortably move through the crowded areas of the Makuhari event halls in order to check out what was going on and report on booth activities. There was a lot of big statues and booth creatures (dragons, monsters, Gundams and a massive Shenron) to catch the eyes of the many attendees. You could try out the new games with pretty booth girls to help you learn the controls. There wasn’t a lot of new big titles being shown or revealed at the show. We waited around the Sega booth for new Persona 5 footage that never came. How disheartening.

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Rescue the Princess! – #0035! Tutorials in Video Games!

Today the gang is discussing another storytelling theme: tutorials in video games. Can tutorials be creatively integrated into video game storytelling or will they forever be a “gamey” feature that disrupts our immersive experiences?

Games discussed: Bioshock, Persona, Prince of Persia, XCOM, Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, MGS, Arkham City, Call of Duty, Siren

Summer Comiket 86 Coverage!

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The comic market has ended and the doujinshi long sold out. The lines have fizzled and the cosplayers have put some clothes back on. Lost Link traversed the gardens and parking lots of Tokyo Big Sight for three days filming some of the interesting people hanging about while b-rock and Seagz roamed the inner halls searching for the best art.

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Summer Comiket Approaches!

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Are you prepared for the heat? I know I’m not. On August 15-17, b-rock, Seagz and Lost Link will be prowling the congested, sweaty halls of Tokyo Big Sight for comic gold. Meaning porn. It’s mostly porn. But art comes in many shapes and flavors. Last year Comiket was on the hottest day of the year and people were collapsing and being transported from the building on medic stretchers. Soo if you’re heading to Odaiba next weekend be sure to bring water or visit the vending machines frequently. Lost Link’s black Steadicam vest is definitely going to be great fun to wear for three days toiling around the outdoor parking lots, fighting photographers for sexy cosplay footage.

We’ll be sure to report in on our Comiket loot, pictures and video shenanigans. And porn. Probably lots.

RtP! to Cover the Tokyo Game Show 2014!

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We’ll be sending in the boys to tackle Japan’s largest video game show in September. Last year Lost Link almost met Kojima. What could happen this year? We’re hoping for some Persona 5 news as well as some Square Enix “we’ll always be in development” teases for KH3 or FFXV. And of course there’s always room for more Phantom Pain. We’ll also be checking out the indies and playable demos on the show floor. And Lost Link will most likely have the cosplay scene covered fully.

We’ll also be having a special guest fly down from Canada to join in our ultimate game coverage team. What mad things will he have to say? Probably nothing short of summer heat complaints.

TGS 2014 is September 20-21 2014 at the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba.

Majora’s Mask Story Review!

Lost Link revamps our old Majora’s Mask podcast into a concrete solo take on one of the best entries into the Zelda universe. With music so orchestrated and graphics so HD you’d think Nintendo finally announced the remake!

Rescue the Princess! – #0034! Pacing in Video Games!

After a long period of podcast inactivity, RtP! is back with a themed cast. Today we discuss how pacing effects storytelling in video games.

Games discussed: Panzer Dragoon, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, Skyrim, Modern Warfare, Half Life, God of War, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill, Suikoden, Mass Effect, Persona, Final Fantasy, Gone Home, Myst, Zelda, The Witcher, Resident Evil, Journey

Niconico Chokaigi 2014: Sumo, Knights and Zombies!

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Mostly I’ve been attending conventions to film the cosplay scene but Niconico was an event I wasn’t even sure had cosplay. I heard about it from a friend and looking it up online I could only discern that it was an event aimed at making people smile. So I decided to check it out and soon discovered that not only was there cosplay but also many, many other things to see. Most Japanese conventions are largely spectacle with big booths to check out upcoming attractions and buy merchandise. While they’re not nearly as social as America’s, it’s still fun to check out the interesting displays. And that’s where Niconico surpassed all of the Japanese events I’ve attended thus far.

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Catherine Story Review!

Our second solo-casted in-depth story review. Atlus’ Catherine!

AnimeJapan 2014 Report!

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I lugged the steadicam all the way to Odaiba this past weekend to check out AnimeJapan, a new convention aimed at being the world’s biggest anime event. This year the Tokyo International Anime Fair and the Anime Contents Expo merged into a single event where companies set up booths to showcase upcoming animations, demo new tech, put on stage shows and sell merchandise. While I mostly went to film the cosplay crowds I did spend some time walking around the 6 event halls. There was plenty to see with elaborate walk-in booths displaying all kinds of anime related goods. There was a life sized Gundam chillin in one hall with army chicks standing guard. There was a motion capture battle booth where you could wear an oculus headset and swing a sword against an opponent.

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