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Tokyo Game Show kicks off with record 787 exhibitors from 44 regions

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What a happy sight the photo depicts, a room full of people choosing to spend their limited, precious time on Earth joyfully bashing buttons and fondling joysticks instead of tripping down conspiracy wormholes and educating people on what they think the truth is.

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What a sad sight the photo depicts, a room full people choosing to spend their limited, precious time on Earth mindlessly bashing buttons and fondling joysticks.

Yes, I can't believe someone would be playing video games when they can be making fun of people on JT.

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Wish I still had time for gaming!

Video games taught me a lot as a youngster.

I learnt about, music, playing billiards, history, geography, strategy, Japanese stuff like ninjas, etc etc. oh yeah, driving F1 race cars around the apex of corners, yeah, killing zombies, how to play ahem, poker, but mostly useful stuff.

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There is a young couple on the train who have been to the event and are going home. It appears that they had a great day out. That's nice to see.

Games aren't my cup of tea but each to their own.

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To the haters, the games industry will be the one giving you nostalgic experience about how the Earth was/is in the future, when the heat is too high for you to enjoy your supposedly "superior" hobbies, whatever they are.

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Some people are earning fortunes from playing the games.

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These are people enjoying a hobby.

It’s cheaper than golf, also an audience activity.

Do you often attend golf matches to scream “losers!”?

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I still have fond memories of playing the Atari 2600, alone at home, on my family's black and white TV back in the day.

I used to be ecstatic going to the arcades and being immersed in the atmosphere.

I still do occasionally play online games with people around the world, not even knowing who they are.

And when my children get a little older, I hope to introduce them to what I have lived through for the past 40 some years.

Video games have been in my life as far as I can remember. It's gone through the most dramatic changes as well. It's amazing the industry is still riding high.

I can't imagine what gaming will be like in 2030 and beyond.

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Life is digital welcome to the matrix

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Reginald Bok - totally with you on FFVII. First time I really got into an rpg, and it really grabbed my attention more than any game prior. My all time favorite would have to be ICO though. There have been plenty of great games, but those two were really something special.

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Haaa NemuiToday 10:52 pm JST

My all time favorite would have to be ICO though.

Ico was awesome! Shadow of the Colossus was also very good, but Ico was better in my opinion.

I didn't get around to playing Last Guardian. I guess I should take a look at that some time.

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You certainly won't be disappointed by Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom :)

Heard great things about those so I hope so. Would love to feel the same magic I did when playing Ocarina of Time for the first time, a feeling yet to be equaled (let alone surpassed).

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Xbox cloud gaming has some gems too. Trek To Yomi is like an Akira Kurosawa movie. Vampire Survivors is a crazily addictive 8-bit type of game. There are some pretty dark side scrolling platformers like Limbo. Most games have their merits, but those are some stand out titles on the platform.

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wolfshineToday 06:48 pm JST

Western video games have unfortunately been on the decline

There are still a lot of excellent Western games around, but many of those from the big companies are just "more of the same with better graphics" every year, so not at all interesting to me, and I can understand how people would view that as a decline. Games cost so much money to make these days that many companies aren't willing to take risks.

In contrast, Japanese games tend to focus more on story and gameplay mechanics, with great attention to detail, and even big companies (particularly Nintendo) aren't afraid to try new things.

The Japanese games industry went through a rough patch around the time of PlayStation 3, when developers tried and failed to emulate Western games. Now, however, I think Japanese games have returned to the extremely high level they were at: some from the past few years, like Elden Ring and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (and Breath of the Wild), are among the best games ever made. And there are other fantastic titles like Pikmin, Mario Kart, Super Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing, Splatoon, etc.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve played something other than smartphone games that still work on iPhone 6. Last game I played with a control pad was Binding of Isaac. Would love to check out some of the Zelda games released after the GameCube someday.

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isabelle - yeah SOTC was good too, but it didn’t quite have the depth for me that ICO had. I haven’t played The Last Guardian either. That didn’t seem to be so well received, possibly because it was originally slated for the PS3 but kept getting pushed out until finally being released on PS4 and really was regarded as a title not up to PS4 quality. Had it been released on PS3 as initially planned, it may have been considered a much better game. Another great game (IMO of course) from the same studio, although an entirely different type of game was Tokyo Jungle. That had me hooked for a while too.

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Haaa NemuiSep. 21 11:28 pm JST

Had it been released on PS3 as initially planned, it may have been considered a much better game.

Yes, I think you're probably right on this. I'd still like to play it to see how it turned out.

Will be interesting to see what Ueda does next...

餓死鬼Today 02:12 am JST

Would love to check out some of the Zelda games released after the GameCube someday.

You certainly won't be disappointed by Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom :)

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Would have been too nice to present or name a few or all promising game titles, or do they really think many other average gamers and interested people have all the time for watching those online sessions or intensively search for 'influencers' and their sole private opinions? It will become or remain a niche market if they don't make a few steps out of their bubble and come up with some information for the broad mass of game playing users.

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Excellent, Go Tokyo Game Show !!..

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20,000 visitors? Are they insane? The foreign weebs are out in swarms, they'll do twice that on Saturday alone.

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I'm interested to see what will come of it.

Video games are one of the few areas of technology Japan has and continues to innovate in. I think that can be easily attributed to the fact that the gaming industry in Japan has always been noticably more receptive to the idea of fostering individualism than other sectors of the economy. It tends to attract people who are "off-the-beaten-track", and don't easily fit well into other companies.

Western video games have unfortunately been on the decline, and that is due to them more wanting to pander to new demographics over their core audience, people that like playing good quality, non-politicized content.

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Yes, absolutely sad. Especially if they never read books or get exercise, Their choice, but it’s not such a bad opinion it warrants frenetic down voting.

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PaustovskyToday  05:14 pm JST

…. conspiracy wormholes

Are you a London taxi driver? They have a monopoly on such logic singularities.

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What a happy sight the photo depicts, a room full of people choosing to spend their limited, precious time on Earth joyfully bashing buttons and fondling joysticks instead of tripping down conspiracy wormholes and educating people on what they think the truth is.

Figured you might've been an Adult Gamer. How's life battling mud monsters in the Metaverse?

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What a sad sight the photo depicts, a room full people choosing to spend their limited, precious time on Earth mindlessly bashing buttons and fondling joysticks.

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