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Marissa Moira

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Pretty much. Kandagawa Jet Girls got absolutely gutted due to those policies.
Kandagawa Girls was a racing game that turned out worse than Wave Race 64, despite wave race being released decades earlier. The entire racing aspect was fucked which was why the game was bad, everything handled like cardboard boxes with rockets attached to them, there was no proper sense of handling, weight, and speed. The censorship policies played zero part in the game doing poorly, it had everything to do with the devs being unable to make a decent game.

Well not surprising since this following diagram describes what goes behind the scenes at those companies in the first place
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Zero difference between them and Neil Druckman IMO.
 
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BananaSplit

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oops let me rectify again
But you're trying to talk reason to a Sony fanboy who has tried to fervently damage-control on the death of Japan Studio and the shutdowns of the stores for the legacy systems as nothing more than fake news. Same guy who also regularly posts that any game that isn't tailored for his tastes, isn't worldwide popular or is subjectively/objectively mediocre deserves to be censored and die

Not that I disagree with Kadagawa Jet Girls being a bad game but the point isn't to justify game censorship regardless of the reasons
 
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AnOminous

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There's a reason Hunter S. Thompson quit that racket.
One of my favorites quotes of his is about journalism: "The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage."
 

Judge Dredd

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Kandagawa Girls was a racing game that turned out worse than Wave Race 64, despite wave race being released decades earlier. The entire racing aspect was fucked which was why the game was bad, everything handled like cardboard boxes with rockets attached to them, there was no proper sense of handling, weight, and speed.
It's almost as if alienating all the actual talent, leaving only sub par designers and people phoning it in for a paycheck results in sub par games.
 

Marissa Moira

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It's almost as if alienating all the actual talent, leaving only sub par designers and people phoning it in for a paycheck results in sub par games.
Well that was their own doing, they risked a ton with the Senran kagura animated series that never panned out, dumped a shitload of cash into BIGGEST DUB EVER that took them years to recover from, and a made a bunch of very risky business decisions that never went anywhere that eventually lead to Marvelous being bought out by the Chinese.

Their whole problem was that they immediately cut the corners of whatever foundation they tried to build upon and put a ton of money and resources into other shit that had nothing to do with actually improving the core games themselves. They paid a shitload of money for VAs, cross promotions, a bunch of marketing shit, and were just poorly managed for a very long time. They were frivolous in all the wrong locations, while dumping cash on shit that they didn't need or weighed them down.
 
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lemmiwinks

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should have said - i meant pre-e3 2019 ones. doubt anyone has them tbh.
IIRC the prior versions of the documents were still available in 2019, so what you are looking for may actually be in the thread I linked somewhere. There are also threads for earlier E3 events, you might be able to find what you are looking for in one of them using the advanced search function.
 

Dom Cruise

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Jason's post about the sorceress being for paedophiles is one of those times that I've felt I'm dealing with an alien mind. Usually I can follow people's thought processes, but I genuinely do not understand how he got from "large breasted adult woman" to "aimed for child-lovers".
These people's mindsets have always been utterly alien to me, it's utterly alien to me to think of someone hating the sight of a beautiful woman in media.

Who the fuck in their right mind doesn't like beautiful women? Even gay men loved classic Hollywood actresses and the like, but along comes the Woke declaring jihad against beautiful women in video games and comic books and it's just the stupidest fucking shit in human history.

You would have to be, on some deep level, a misanthrope of the highest level as well as hating yourself to think there's a problem with depicting beautiful women, because what do beautiful women make men want to do? Have sex with them, where can sex between a man and a woman lead to? More people!

So you'd have to an evil little anti-human shitstain to hate female beauty the way they do.

That's a good thing, because ultimately, they're ghettoizing themselves. There was a video Upper Echelon Gamers put out a video recently making fun of a journalist complaining that professional outlets suck now because they have to disclose conflicts of interests.
I can see you're point, but it's not a good thing because it ended the argument, at least for years.

As soon as they had a specific name for their enemy, Gamergate, they no longer had to even remotely bother addressing people's arguments, it was always just "oh, you're just one of those Gamergate types" and that was all they felt like they had to say.

Of course it didn't do them any favors in the long run because they certainly didn't win anyone over to their side, why would they need to? You're either a Gamergater or you're not, no need to make an argument for why people shouldn't be a Gamergater, just say the word "Gamergate" and it's a magic spell for a certain type of person to think "bad"

In the long run though if you expect younger people to join the ranks, those who it isn't going to be as clear why "Gamergate" is bad, then you need to make an actual argument for why it's bad.

the problem is labeling everyone a gamer nazi only works for a certain about of time before people stop giving a shit, to the point they will become "the gamergate" they were labeled as. if you already got the fame might as well act on it.

I've said it before but it's only a matter of time till someone big enough tells them to fuck off, and if at the same time the same company makes a lot of dosh this way is when that whole thing dies for good. money talks, and if western videogame publishers can do one thing best it's following the new FOTM for shekels. western AAA is already a shitshow for the most part with people going back to older stuff or looking elsewhere, and you can only shit out so many bombs before you have to adapt or go under. people want to be entertained, one way or or another.
People will definitely stop giving a shit after enough time has passed, it's just a shame it's taking so long.

One of my favorites quotes of his is about journalism: "The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage."
wtf I love Hunter S. Thompson now.

Well that was their own doing, they risked a ton with the Senran kagura animated series that never panned out
What's weird is you'd think that would have been a bigger deal because, correct me if I'm wrong, it's the only place to actually see the girls' bare boobs outside of maybe a figure or two, correct?

All the other media I've seen and the games themselves is just teasing with no actual nudity, so why is the one thing with actual nudity not a success? Isn't smut the entire point of the franchise?
 
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Marissa Moira

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All the other media I've seen and the games themselves is just teasing with no actual nudity, so why the one thing with actual nudity not succeed? Isn't smut the entire point of the franchise?
The series barely had enough content for a single game let alone a whole franchise. The anime was a clear indication that there was a whole lot of nothing under the hood, especially since it was their chance to expand upon the in game universe itself and they blew it big time. The characters were not interesting and it couldn't even work for 12 episodes. meanwhile the gameplay was never expanded on or refined and anything that they called "revolutionizing" the gameplay was them sticking the characters in a very basic game that was of a different genre like a rhythm game.

The pack-in art books had the hand boobs, but considering the artist did work for actual hentai games I'm pretty sure it's all very sincere.

Like it was very clear that actual game design was never at the forefront and they wanted PG-13 nudity spackled all over everything to mask shortcomings.
 

Dom Cruise

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The series barely had enough content for a single game let alone a whole franchise. The anime was a clear indication that there was a whole lot of nothing under the hood, especially since it was their chance to expand upon the in game universe itself and they blew it big time. The characters were not interesting and it couldn't even work for 12 episodes. meanwhile the gameplay was never expanded on or refined and anything that they called "revolutionizing" the gameplay was them sticking the characters in a very basic game that was of a different genre like a rhythm game.

The pack-in art books had the hand boobs, but considering the artist did work for actual hentai games I'm pretty sure it's all very sincere.

Like it was very clear that actual game design was never at the forefront and they wanted PG-13 nudity spackled all over everything to mask shortcomings.
But why did Ikkitousen and Queen's Blade have multiple successful animes? Isn't the entire point of stuff like that just to ogle the girls and the story is perfunctory? If Senran was a franchise already with some success like Queen's Blade then why did the anime fail where Queen's Blade succeeded?

This reminds me of Manyuu Hikenchou, the titty anime to end all titty animes and that one actually managed to have a pretty interesting story and yet it wasn't successful enough to get more than 1 season.

It really is frustrating with how arbitrary it seems to be as to what Japanese audiences make a success or failure.
 

Borax Bozo

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What's weird is you'd think that would have been a bigger deal because, correct me if I'm wrong, it's the only place to actually see the girls' bare boobs outside of maybe a figure or two, correct?

All the other media I've seen and the games themselves is just teasing with no actual nudity, so why is the one thing with actual nudity not a success? Isn't smut the entire point of the franchise?
I'd call Senran Kagura's brand "teasing sexual silliness". All the sex stuff tends to be ridiculous in tone and not actually completely show anything, and I'd wager people show up for that in particular. You can find breasts anywhere. But something like Burst where you destroy their top and it's censored with little superdeformed faces of that character centered over their nipples as their breasts wobble about in an exaggerated fashion is funny, and only found in Senran Kagura.
Think of how Valkyrie Drive went - cross media franchise with lesbian pairings as a core part of the combat system (including two sisters as stars of the Vita game entry!)
However the tone is dark right from the start, at least in the anime - the main character gets fingerfucked to orgasm by another woman against her own will in the first episode, twice! Not in the sense of petty "show resistance" either, she really is against it.
Valkyrie Drive never got any followups, even though the gameplay is very similar to the extremely popular Senran Kagura Burst. I think the difference in tone changed things.
 

Dom Cruise

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I'd call Senran Kagura's brand "teasing sexual silliness". All the sex stuff tends to be ridiculous in tone and not actually completely show anything, and I'd wager people show up for that in particular. You can find breasts anywhere. But something like Burst where you destroy their top and it's censored with little superdeformed faces of that character centered over their nipples as their breasts wobble about in an exaggerated fashion is funny, and only found in Senran Kagura.
Think of how Valkyrie Drive went - cross media franchise with lesbian pairings as a core part of the combat system (including two sisters as stars of the Vita game entry!)
However the tone is dark right from the start, at least in the anime - the main character gets fingerfucked to orgasm by another woman against her own will in the first episode, twice! Not in the sense of petty "show resistance" either, she really is against it.
Valkyrie Drive never got any followups, even though the gameplay is very similar to the extremely popular Senran Kagura Burst. I think the difference in tone changed things.
In my view endless teasing gets old and I want to at least see some nipples, doesn't have to be full on hentai but ecchi without any nipples gets old after a while for me and I assume it would for most fans of that sort of thing but I guess I'd be wrong.

But Japan is weirdly inconsistent in that way, like the anime Eiken, the perviest damn thing short of hentai you'll see and yet you never see a nipple despite it being pervier than other ecchi series that do feature nipples.

Meanwhile my current avatar, Najica Blitz Tactics doesn't have any actual nudity either, but it does take underwear shots to an absurd extreme, that's pretty amusing, but Najica is 13 episodes and it was done, not a franchise as big and with as many characters as Senran Kagura.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk about anime nipples.
 

Marissa Moira

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In my view endless teasing gets old and I want to at least see some nipples, doesn't have to be full on hentai but ecchi without any nipples gets old after a while for me and I assume it would for most fans of that sort of thing but I guess I'd be wrong.

But Japan is weirdly inconsistent in that way, like the anime Eiken, the perviest damn thing short of hentai you'll see and yet you never see a nipple despite it being pervier than other ecchi series that do feature nipples.

Meanwhile my current avatar, Najica Blitz Tactics doesn't have any actual nudity either, but it does take underwear shots to an absurd extreme, that's pretty amusing, but Najica is 13 episodes and it was done, not a franchise as big and with as many characters as Senran Kagura.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk about anime nipples.
All the girls were one dimensional characters meant to represent boobs and only boobs, they claimed they had ass but you look at the back of the preverbal box and there was no ass to be had and they effectively lied.

So you have a bunch of zero character development characters centered around a fetish and this is based on a game that is fairly basic dynasty warriors combat where you fight through the same handful of enemies before getting to a boss character which is just another character that you the player can play as. You play the first 30 minutes and you've seen all the arenas and enemies, now stretch this over 20-25 hours.

Now then a reason why a series like Zombie Land Saga went off as well as it did was because all the girls are total bros. Yeah sure it's a comedic take on idol bullshit and they'll pull double reverse 5D Chess irony and slapsticks, but it's not dragged down because they're actually full fledged characters and there's an actual ongoing story and logic to the world. They clearly spent time mapping shit out.

Senran kagura just expected to throw titties at the wall and expected them to stick because they though enough people with low standards would buy it to keep them afloat. So weep not for the waifus that have been binned for better ones shall always take their place. In general the majority of senran games sold less than what the company wanted to reach. But much like SJW political bullshit, fetish stuff will put the gameplay in the backseat just as frequent and they'll have a vocal minority screech on social media if their darling is looked less than glowing upon.

Anything that has gameplay ride less than shotgun all stems from the same river of shit.
 
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Save the Loli

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Schriller has been so used to spewing shit uncontested over the past decade that it's become an uncontrollable habit. Kind of like those people who lie so much that it's just their default now.

Jason forgot about that little thing "journalistic ethics" that he used to shrug off during his gaymergayte glory days. He doesn't have Nick Denton and his cabal of fuckheads enabling his shit "reporting" anymore.

Learn to journalism gud, you McLovin-looking motherfucker.
And this guy is considered one of the best gaming journos, both by other gaming journos and even people who regularly trash journoswine will say he's a little better than the rest (I mean, I recognize his name, that must count for something). How sad is it when this guy is considered the best in your profession.
 

ZMOT

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In my view endless teasing gets old and I want to at least see some nipples, doesn't have to be full on hentai but ecchi without any nipples gets old after a while for me and I assume it would for most fans of that sort of thing but I guess I'd be wrong.

But Japan is weirdly inconsistent in that way, like the anime Eiken, the perviest damn thing short of hentai you'll see and yet you never see a nipple despite it being pervier than other ecchi series that do feature nipples.

Meanwhile my current avatar, Najica Blitz Tactics doesn't have any actual nudity either, but it does take underwear shots to an absurd extreme, that's pretty amusing, but Najica is 13 episodes and it was done, not a franchise as big and with as many characters as Senran Kagura.

all tits all the time gets boring too. and on it's own tits are just sacks of milk that get boring fast, they really shine when they're attached to an attractive female, and the "tease" or complete body form is part of that. there's a reason people still like to look at and have pin-ups and "erotic art" instead of just opening a tab with pornhub. plus a lot of "ecchi" is about the context, usually for interaction and dialog, not necessarily to attract coomers (although you still get stuff like hensuki, where "pervert" is literally in the title being pretty mild in that department and only where it's required for the story getting outdone by saekano which has gratuitous cleavage shots for no other reason than to show some cleavage).
same reasons raunchy comedies etc work, sometimes less is more. and softcore is still more accepted to show than full blown hardcore. no one wants to be the dude having a spread pussy hanging in his locker or on his desktop.

the other thing is ratings and stuff. more tits = later time slot -> different advertisers etc. the more you show the more you limit our audience, same as violence.

and for japan specific is that most works are based on a single author or very small team, so any adaption will inevitably go based on the source material and how the author wanted it (to an extend, where certain stuff gets reduced for reach etc.), if he/she wanted some heroine to be a bit sexy in certain images, why not? r34 is a thing anyway, might as well do it yourself. heck beach/pool episodes usually only exist for that reason alone.
 

Dom Cruise

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all tits all the time gets boring too. and on it's own tits are just sacks of milk that get boring fast, they really shine when they're attached to an attractive female, and the "tease" or complete body form is part of that. there's a reason people still like to look at and have pin-ups and "erotic art" instead of just opening a tab with pornhub. plus a lot of "ecchi" is about the context, usually for interaction and dialog, not necessarily to attract coomers (although you still get stuff like hensuki, where "pervert" is literally in the title being pretty mild in that department and only where it's required for the story getting outdone by saekano which has gratuitous cleavage shots for no other reason than to show some cleavage).
same reasons raunchy comedies etc work, sometimes less is more. and softcore is still more accepted to show than full blown hardcore. no one wants to be the dude having a spread pussy hanging in his locker or on his desktop.

the other thing is ratings and stuff. more tits = later time slot -> different advertisers etc. the more you show the more you limit our audience, same as violence.

and for japan specific is that most works are based on a single author or very small team, so any adaption will inevitably go based on the source material and how the author wanted it (to an extend, where certain stuff gets reduced for reach etc.), if he/she wanted some heroine to be a bit sexy in certain images, why not? r34 is a thing anyway, might as well do it yourself. heck beach/pool episodes usually only exist for that reason alone.
I agree with you for the most part, I just think topless nudity generally falls under the bracket of being pretty "softcore" or "ecchi"

But it depends, there's ecchi stuff with no actual nudity I like as well, like the aforementioned Najica Blitz Tactics.

I can't say I agree that boobs are just sacks of milk that get boring fast though, I find boobs to be... pretty interesting lol.

But putting all that aside, all I was trying to say is I find it ironic if the Senran Kagura anime failed since unlike the games it had nudity and plenty of other animes with nudity had more success.
 

ZMOT

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I can't say I agree that boobs are just sacks of milk that get boring fast though, I find boobs to be... pretty interesting lol.

like I said on it's own, I'm not an ob-gyn so I require a bit more. same as pussy close ups, that's nice and all but I can also get that from a medical textbook.

But putting all that aside, all I was trying to say is I find it ironic if the Senran Kagura anime failed since unlike the games it had nudity and plenty of other animes with nudity had more success.

I've long stopped trying to figure out by what metric an anime "failed" and how they get sequels. taking years just for another season is baffling to me.
sometimes the tease is part of the charm, a hardcore dead or alive game/anime probably wouldn't fare much better.
 

Dom Cruise

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sometimes the tease is part of the charm, a hardcore dead or alive game/anime probably wouldn't fare much better.
Hardcore maybe not, but seeing the DOA girls hooters in an official capacity would certainly thrill me, much like the infamous Chun Li shower scene in the Street Fighter 2 anime movie or Mai in those 90s Fatal Fury animes.

They’re actually bringing the director of those Fatal Fury animes back for a promotional special for the new King of Fighters game, so that sort of thing is more popular than you may realize.
 

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IIRC the prior versions of the documents were still available in 2019, so what you are looking for may actually be in the thread I linked somewhere. There are also threads for earlier E3 events, you might be able to find what you are looking for in one of them using the advanced search function.
yeah. unfortunately it seems nobody posted them.
 
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