and we weren’t messing you around: we took a little break. Squidgey enjoyed… whatever it was that he got up to, and I went to Japan.
BTW, I love Fukuoka and Hirado, and would recommend that anyone visits those two cities. They are amazing
Speaking of which:
I HAVE RETURNED!
That’s right, I’m back from my two week trip to Japan, and am more than ready to talk about it and just why everyone should go.
We start with a discussion about how this might be the beginning of season 2 - also we’ve been doing this for almost 3 years now - which leads us into a discussion about The Bugle
which is an amazingly absurd, current affairs podcast, by the way
But shortly before that, I forget the name of the radio show On The Hour - which was the progenitor for Brass Eye
it's not often that those two shows are mentioned on a gaming podcast
We’re going to be producing an episode (the next in this series) which will be consist of the audio recordings I made whilst I was in Japan - which I’m calling “Jay’s Japan Diaries” - and will include snippets of the wonderful track Kokoro no koe o kikasete by veezyn
which reminds me that I should write a post all about the fantastic music that we've used in the show and where you can purchase it all from
The most impressive part of these three episodes (this one and the two which will come after it) though, is that they’re being presented to you in reverse chronological order
which is some next level Chrono Trigger stuff, hommie
In that, we recorded this episode last, I recorded the Japan Diaries whilst I was in Japan, and we recorded the third part first.
So, that’s fun. And makes the “What Have You Been Playing” section a bit weird to think about.
Squidgey has been playing Borderlands: Remastered, which is a downloadable add-on for the original Borderlands
at least, it is on the Steam store
but Steam then lists as a separate game, for some reason. I guess that’s in case you want to then play the un-Remastered version?
Anyway, Squidgey then provides me with a perfect chance to mention the big whoopsy-doodle with Kotaku regarding Joker’s song in Persona 5. We don’t usually cover news, but I wanted to bring this one up because of the monumentally stupid lack of editorial over there at Kotaku
which is something they're quite famous for, actually
Especially since they blamed Nintendo for it, not Atlus. But who cares, right? On with the silliness.
Anyway, Squidgey has an official Nindo wireless controller for his Switch now. Incidentally, I still don’t think that there’s a proper strategy to Smash Bros. games. Like, all anyone seems to do is mash the buttons
Chief calls this type of game a "smashy" game, for that very reason
Squidgey then talks us through what makes Fire Emblem: Heroes different to your average Koei Warriors game, which is mostly the strategy elements of an RTS.
Meanwhile, I’ve been playing Japanese arcade games - like in an arcade… in Japan - and Space Invaders, but not the usual way that you might play it, and a really cool augmented reality Godzilla game.
see later in the show notes for footage of these games
Also, Japanese arcade games are really cheap to play. The majority of them are around 100 yen - which is less than £1 and less than $1 - and most of them have these cool ID card things. You scan the card, and it acts as a sort of memory card, storing how far through the game you were when you last played it.
Also, you get a _LOT_ of game for your 100 yen. The race I played on Initial D was closer to 10 minutes long
I said 8 in the podcast
which is really cheap, in entertainment terms.
I saw the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade cabinet, which is cool:
I also, poorly, describe an RTS that I saw which is a little like a Total War game which used a touch screen to enable you to control the army on a battlefield. It was great, my description of it is terrible. The TV show that Squidgey discusses as part of this section was called Time Commanders.
I then show Squidgey a photo
in fact, it's this photo
of a Mech Game with an interesting controller. You can’t see it that well, but you climb into the controller. Also, he got super jealous that I got to play this game
Which leads Squidgey to let out an open challenge to the city of Skegness
folks from the North of the UK will understand why
I hint at some of the content in Jay’s Japan Diaries, and Squidgey makes a joke about Link.
Did you know that it’s 40 years since Space Invaders came out? That’s why they invaded Canal City
some people really don't like getting old
The footage that I took of both Space Invaders Groovy Invade Canal City didn’t come out well, so here’s a video from YouTube showing it off:
And the same can be said for the footage I took of the Godilla game that we took part in, so here’s someone else’s video from YouTube:
It really was amazing to play live.
Squidgey then gets out a GameBoy that he bought at the most recent Retro Game Fair in Leeds.
We discuss the Godzilla game, my previous adventures in Canal City, and Squidgey’s goal to visit Japan one day
he calls it the "Mother Land of Gaming", and he's not wrong
his reasons for wanting to go are pretty cool, too. What would be or are your reasons for visiting Japan? And do they align with visiting the Moomin Cafe in Canal City?
or the Harry Potter Cafe?
Which will become a Fantastic Beasts cafe in November this year
2019, for the readers from the future
I want Niffler
I then get a bee in my bonnet about visiting “real Japan”
as opposed to the touristy, flashy places like Tokyo
and why you shouldn’t go to Tokyo for more than a day or two… unless you’re willing to go off the beaten track, that is. Why? Because it looks like any big city. In fact, if you’ve been to Picadilly Circus in London, then you’ve been to Tokyo.
Also, make sure that you go to Kyoto and visit Kinkaku-ji
Which is all unsolicited advice, which is not what the show notes are about.
I then drop a lot of knowledge on you all about Japanese-British and Japanese-Dutch relations in the form of a history lesson
which I promise not to do, but then do anyway
about Hirado, William Adams, and the miniseries Shogun. So if you don’t want to hear about Japanese history, feel free to skip from 33 minutes 30 seconds all the way to 38 minutes.