Monday, October 17, 2016

Japanese Culture 2: Games

Alright so the other day, we learned some pretty interesting things about the Japanese Culture. Today we are going to be talking more about that but more in the entertainment area. I was reading online and found some pretty interesting things about the Japanese Entertainment. We are going to be looking at games.
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Japanese people have different ways to be entertained than America and also some that are similar. A very popular game in Japan is Origami. Origami is where one takes pieces of paper and folds them into different shapes. These shapes could include a bird, swan, boats, guns, swords, claws and more! Origami is very popular and has been around 1603 and is still very popular to this day.
Another popular game in Japan is Take-uma. In Take-uma,one takes bamboo sticks that have foot stands on them and you learn to walk on them. Once you master it, you can race, create obsticales with your friends to get past and much more! Take-uma is also an Olympic sport.
Now when you talk video games, Japanese companies like Sega and others were the first ones to come out with Mechanical games like Pac Man, Space Invaders and other games. The early 1970s-1980s was the time when these types of games were popular.
Starting in 1983, the 8-bit era or third generation of gaming had arisen. The NES was the best selling console of that time. screen resolution and colors where just some of the features that made the third generation better than the second.
Then in 2000, came the mobile games. In 2003, there was a wide range of mobile games for the Japanese phones. Mobile gaming was popular in Japan years before America or any other countries. In 2002 Japanese Mobile games made up around 50% of the global market but shrunk in 2010 to 10% of the global market.
Now a days Japan is criticized due the slow releases of consoles and games and lack of third party engines. Japanese games do sell well in the west but console gaming does not too well in Japan. Japan is not good when it comes to console games but they are still the leaders of mobile gaming.
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