Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
David L ReinkeMar. 17, 2015 - 01:04AM JST
And now for something completely different ...
I wish the console makers, in particular Sony PS, would consider resurrecting some of the old war game / strategy games formerly available only on a PC or Mac.
At E3, several years ago, that suggestion was floated to the game developers behind the city building games Caesar III & VI, Cleopatra and Zeus (among others). and their argument against was the poor resolution of the current systems (the PS2 and original Xbox.) They put a lot of detail into their games and they wanted them to be seen in all their high-rez glory.
Fair enough but now the argument holds no water. The PS is HD and the processor is easily powerful enough to handle any war game (which do not require much if any animation).
The developers at Riot Games told me that it was really a matter of surface area for game control/interface. In fact many of them played and enjoyed war games (a large number of them would meet one or twice a month to play 'old fashioned' map & counter and Euro-style strategy boardgames. So the interest is there, but they though the system design argued against such games on a console.
But I wonder ...
Now I do realize mine is a lonely voice in the wilderness, but I do think it is possible, technically, to convert some of the great old war games to the PS3 or 4 and I also believe these games would find an audience among console gamers ready for something different. Indeed, if such games were averrable, Sony might discover an entire new legion of gamers ready to join the PS ranks.
Just a wild thought on Monday morning ...
Posted in: The PS4 is selling like hot cakes all over the world…except in Japan. But why?
David L ReinkeDec. 21, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
At least Hollywood still has Nazis and Martians to play the bad guys. The Martians do not yet have a lobby, and no one is going to defend the Nazis.
Posted in: 'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains
David L ReinkeNov. 19, 2014 - 12:30AM JST
He was outstanding in the film Yakuza -- his performance was one of the high points of that film.
Posted in: Actor Ken Takakura dies at 83
David L ReinkeOct. 19, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
"The Force is strong with this book." -- D Vader.
Posted in: Star Wars English-Japanese Dictionary for Padawan learners
David L ReinkeMar. 01, 2014 - 01:04AM JST
Come And See remains the most interesting and effective Russian film about The Great Patriotic War as the Soviets called it.
Posted in: Review: An epic battle gets blockbuster treatment
David L ReinkeJan. 31, 2014 - 01:36AM JST
Why not release Nintendo gamers on the PS4...?
The profits for all these companies is in the games and while Nintendo would have to pay Sony a fee to release on their platform, no doubt - given their extensive library of great titles, Nintendo could strike a very favorable deal with Sony.
Yes, I understand this is not how Nintendo wants to go, and there is a good deal of pride wrapped up in all of this, but ...
Posted in: Nintendo chief says he won't resign or cut prices despite dismal results
David L ReinkeJan. 28, 2014 - 01:25AM JST
The big seller in our toy department this year was LEGO, followed by Nerf, Monster High / Disney and Barbie Dolls and, as always Action Figures for all ages. Yes, we sold lots of Leap Pads and other electronic items, but LEGO was far and away the most popular item even though it generally costs more than other toys.
LEGO was selected as the Toy Of The Millennium, and for good reason.
Posted in: Toy story: Old favorites fight rise of the tablet
David L ReinkeDec. 31, 2013 - 05:04PM JST
He is also very good as Coriolanus.
Posted in: A minute with: Ralph Fiennes on Dickens, Shakespeare and Bond
David L ReinkeNov. 24, 2013 - 11:46AM JST
Actually, this is not necessarily a bad move. This is story telling and some stories work better as multi-episode series. Even at 3 hours, many stories are truncated and compressed to such an extent that they lose their impact, to say nothing of their poetry.
The BBC series I, Claudius is a prime example. Based upon two novels (I, Claudius and Claudius The God) the 13 part series did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. An earlier attempt at a feature film (with Charles Laughton as Claudius) looks quite intriguing (what few scenes that were filmed and survived) but I have my doubts it would have done justice to the books by Robert Graves.
Likewise, the David Lynch film of Dune, while visually quite stunning and though featuring an excellent cast, presents more of a Reader's Digest version of the book by Frank Hurbert. Many might argue that the SCi-Fi channel's version is not as artistic as Lynch's film, but the series does do better by the story itself.
Episodic TV allows the story teller time to unfold and develop the story and the characters, time that a feature film simply will not allow for.
Now, do not misunderstand. I love going to the cinema and sitting in the dark before a HUGE screen and being enveloped in sights and sounds. A film like Return Of The King or* Stars Wars* would seem much diminished even in HD on a 60" monitor. However, by the same token, a 3-hour feature film of Rome or Game Of Thrones, really does not work either.
In the end, it is all about story telling and the teller must select the medium that works best for his story.
I do agree that Sony would do well to invest some of its money in writers, in making better films, for it all starts with the script. It will be interesting to see just where Sony takes this new initiative and what fruits their efforts bear. As always, time will tell.
Posted in: Sony to make fewer films as it shifts to television
David L ReinkeNov. 20, 2013 - 02:11AM JST
Other than the title and a few character names this has nothing at all to do with the Ako Ronin or the historical events that we now know as the 47 Ronin Story.
That said, there is little point in arguing "history" as every adaptation of the event, be it for the puppet theatre, kabuki, comic books, and the numerous films, have taken liberties with the story. This new film is perhaps the most "fantastical" take on the story and for those unfamiliar with any early version it will no doubt be a lot of fun.
For those schooled in the kabuki play, Chushingura, or fans of the 1962 film by Inagaki, this new 3D film will be something of a shock and likely a disappointment. Ah well...
Oh, and 3D ... Bah!
Posted in: Keanu Reeves explores world of samurai
David L ReinkeNov. 05, 2013 - 09:08AM JST
Yes, I did read that Toshiko-san, but I was hoping they would have more information on this drug's efficacy with regard to Type 1.
Ah well, we shall continue to live in hope for an effective alternative to insulin injections.
Posted in: Researchers move step closer to oral diabetes treatment
David L ReinkeNov. 04, 2013 - 03:10AM JST
And what about Type 1 ...?
Perhaps I missed it, but the article does not state if this oral drug will be effective for Type 1.
Once, while assisting my grandson with his insulin injection (he was diagnosed last year at age 11 with Type 1) my injection technique had obviously caused him some pain. I apologized for hurting him and he replied, "It hurts. It always hurts. It always will."
There is very promising work being done in Finland that might lead to a vaccine, but a cure .... who can say how long that will take.
David L ReinkeAug. 04, 2013 - 09:53AM JST
They do call it "show business" for a reason, however, that fact does not change the truth of what Clooney has said.
Frankly, I'm not surprised After Earth and White House Down failed -- indeed I'm surprised they even got green lighted for production. Of course what looks promising on the page does not always turn out to be so in film.
Star Wars was turned down by every studio in Hollywood until Alan Ladd Jr. took a risk on it, and even then 20th Century Fox was not happy with what George Lucas was doing. They have since changed their tune.
No doubt more BIG films will fail this summer and next, but we can also hope there is another Argo waiting in the wings.
That a film ever emerges from Hollywood, even a mediocre one, is miraculous. That occasionally it rises to the level of art is truly amazing. (Seven Samurai, Ran, Les Enfants du Paradis to name but a few.)
We can hope for more art among the weeds that choke our local cinemas.
Posted in: George Clooney takes aim at Sony investor Loeb over spin-off plan
David L ReinkeAug. 03, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
3D ... Bah!
Posted in: Cameron to release three 'Avatar' sequels
David L ReinkeJul. 28, 2013 - 01:33AM JST
"Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent” and “Ender’s Game” and Sony Pictures’ “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” are all aimed at the lucrative audience of young adults."
That description applies to almost every film made in Hollywood. (With the possible exception of films by Woody Allen.)
Posted in: 'Hunger Games' ushers in era of dystopian young adult films
David L ReinkeJun. 28, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
This is very common in Hollywood.
When Cameron's Abyss was released there were two other underwater adventure films (Deep Star Six and Leviathan).
Likewise there were three films about Alexander the Great in development at the same time. It just so happens that Oliver Stone's film got into principle photography first, so the plug was pulled on the other projects (films by Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann). There were doubts the market would support three expensive films about Alexander, great though he may have been.
Hollywood hates taking chances, they love a sure thing, hence the similarity in the films we see every summer.
Posted in: 'White House Down' director unfazed by 'Olympus'
David L ReinkeJun. 09, 2013 - 12:49AM JST
Posted in: New Godzilla movie to feature Oahu scenes
David L ReinkeMay. 08, 2013 - 11:07PM JST
Games are good for you.
And not just video games -- Board Games also serve to reinforce social interaction that has been sown to have beneficial impact on mental functions.
Play More -- Play Often.
Posted in: Videogames slow, reverse mental decay: study
David L ReinkeApr. 13, 2013 - 12:12AM JST
Kabuki in 4 & 8K --- Mattemashita!
Posted in: Sony to release two models of 4K TV
David L ReinkeMar. 27, 2013 - 09:11AM JST
We can hope that the new US made Godzilla film revives the box office fortunes of this venerable cinema icon.
Of course, that all depends upon both the story being told and, more importantly, just what the new Godzilla looks like. I want to be optimistic, but if recent history is any guide, Godzilla may be in trouble and his fans in for a big disappointment.
That said, until we see some actual footage we can do little but hope for the best.
Posted in: Doraemon topples Godzilla's audience figure record
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:36AM JST
When I went to Sea World in Orlando years ago, "Shamu" refused to perform. He slid…
Posted in: SeaWorld, animal rights groups clash on social media over orcas
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:30AM JST
@ hayai - How do you know it was her? I've watched the attitudes/behavior of Japanese…
Posted in: Actress Ryoko Yonekura reportedly splits from husband of 3 months
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:20AM JST
cardsfan5, The last sentence of the article says
U.S. lawmakers still have been quietly urging that…
Posted in: Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank
Smith: In America: "...many states and local governments have very specific anti-discrimination laws that also contain…
Posted in: Gov't to make workplace maternity harassment illegal
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:15AM JST
This will only work if a woman so harassed can file a complaint with an agency…