Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Out-Cast: Episode 09 - Tokyo Game Show 2010 Predictions

We're back with our last show before TGS 2010. This is really crunch time for all of us, so this episode we attempt the podcast for the first time over Skype and cover our predictions for Japan's biggest video game expo. And while the mail bag may not return till after TGS, please don't let that stop you from leaving any comments or questions in the section bellow.

Download: Mediafire, iTunes

00:00:00 What's the Happs?

  • Concerts and Conventions
  • Akira in the Opera House
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game
  • Hyperdimension Game Neptune
  • Fuji-Q Highland Evangelion
  • Another Century's Episode R
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance
  • New TV
  • Mirrors Edge

01:19:05 Tokyo Game Show 2010 Predictions
  • PSP 2
  • 3DS
  • Move
  • Metal Gear Solid Arcade
  • Kinect
  • Cathrine
  • The 3rd Birthday
  • Final Fantasy Agito XIII
  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Monster Hunter 3rd
  • Macross Games
  • Idol Master 2
  • God Eater Burst
  • The Last Guardian
  • Shadow of the Colossus/ICO HD
  • Vanquish
  • Quantum
  • Capcom fighting games
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Ni no Kuni
  • Yakuza the end
  • Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded
  • Kingdom Hearts 3DS
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Music in this Edition:
Maria & Joker - Nana Mizuki
Let me be with you - Anime House Project, Oshare Selection Vol. 1
Shackles of Night (Vocaloid ver.)
Fly me to the moon - Anime House Project, Oshare Selection Vol. 1


KG Jung said...

Gotta a say, I liked Scott Pilgrim as well and I knew nothing about the series, other than it was a comic. I only knew about the movie because of Richard and others who have talked about it. I think it's going to take the same path Blade Runner took: box office disappointment, but instant cult classic that'll stick around for a long time. I'm not saying Scott Pilgrim will be anything near as influential as Blade Runner, but I think its uniqueness will allow this movie to be remembered long after movies like “The Expendables” and “Eat, Pray, Love” are long forgotten.

I wonder though whether it was really good idea to cast Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim. Cera has a tendency to play the loser-nerd type in all his movies. Scott Pilgrim is more a self-centered slacker that has little problem getting a girl, but who does eventually mature (from what I understand). I think a lot of people took one look at the fact that Cera was playing Scott Pilgrim and decided to skip it because really who wants to see him play yet another nerdy-loser who gets the girl?

One thing to take away from Scott Pilgrim: If you girlfriend is named after a weapon, it really would be a very good idea to confirm why that is.

Since you guys did bring up FFXIV I have to speak up. As someone who played FFXI for almost 7 years, I have ZERO interest in FFXIV and not just because it’s an MMO. Square has proven time and time again that it really doesn’t understand what MMO players want. Square’s idiotic XP system and weapon degradation implementation only proves that 8 years after FFXI, they still don’t get it. All throughout XI, it was pretty clear that Square didn’t even understand its own game or how players actually played that game. FFXIV is pretty . . . VERY pretty, but all I need to do is remember how slow and unresponsive Square had been fixing problems in XI, and it pretty much cures me of any desire to even give XIV a spin. I can understand there is learning curve especially for developers who are new to the MMO area, but Square can no longer claim to be a newbie in this area. Square, unfortunately, has proven time and time again that it is a noob when it comes to MMOs. In other words, Square has the experience to know how to do it right, but still insists on not doing it . . . . . pretty much like a gimp-noob player.

Haymar said...

Great podcast as usual! I was wondering what you guys think Valkyria Chronicles 3 will be on. Either PSP or PS3 or possibly even PSP2. Also, I have a question for Gwyn. How are adults who go to these idol concerts and join these fanclubs considered in Japanese society, since adults are expected to give up all hobbies. My last question is do you think that Matsuno's return to Square for tactics ogre will be permanent and games like vagrant story 2 will be made? Thanks and I'm looking forward to your next level TGS coverage.

Tom said...

Just finished listening, excellent stuff, as usual. Have you guys heard? Duke Nukem is back, and Duke Nuken Forever is coming out in 2011! It's so sick! I was surprised when you guys mentioned that on the 29th Nintendo will unveil 3DS price points and such, I had no idea, and I'm super excited. I also want to see FFVersus 13 and Rising at TGS, BADLY. The Third Birthday also has me interested, I never played the other Parasite Eve games, nor do I own a PSP, but if it's good, that and Peace Walker might be enough reason to pick one up. I'm gonna hold out for now, though, since the PSP2 may be backwards compatible.

GROW said...

Are you guys aware of the old Iphone4 mumbling that it would have touch controls on the back? then it was found in that bar and only found out that it had glass on both sides.

The PSPgo created alot of PSP2 talk.. im still very suspect that a psp2 is at all real.

I think the only thing solid that points to a PSP2 or PSP emulation on PS3.. is that screenshots from both Peace walker / Goasts of Sparta and Yakuza PSP being showing in 1280x720 pixels or 1920x1080 pixels.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 running on a PSP2 would be a grand launch for the system. but i'm still not so sure really i think the PSP hit a international audience that didn't exist.. and if they do make a PSP2 it will be more casual than the current system not more advanced.

we shall see!

riley said...

Thanks for the podcast, I enjoyed it.

For the record, using Skype isn't bad if you guys have no choice, but it's definitely better when you're all together (in my opinion). The 'cast feels a bit dead without that face-to-face interaction. However, it's better (again, in my opinion) to have something rather than nothing at all and it isn't so bad that I would say to NOT use Skype. Just my 2 cents.

KG Jung said...

I’ve got a question for you guys since you seem to buy a lot of JP blu-rays. I know it’s hard to answer this since it’s so dependent on so many factors, but generally-speaking how are upconverts (from SD material) on JP blu-rays? Are they generally as good as can be expected? I preordered the Haruhi Blu-ray box. Since season 1 episodes are all native SD, it makes me wonder if it’s really worth getting since about half the episodes in that box will be an upconvert as a consequence. I’m not expecting HD from season 1, but just curious if upconverts are an afterthought or if an effort is generally done to improve it somewhat.

Oh, I thought this might be fun for you guys especially Richard. Anyone who has played a really good PC game that was released too early should be able to relate to the sentiments. It’s a pretty good fan-made movie/music video about ARMA II, its developer and the early bugs in the game. My favorite is the somersaulting tank.


Wow, I’m surprised that for a guy who is big gaming fan you had such a small TV display. A 20 inch Vizio? My LCD computer monitor is bigger than that. I would think that after first seeing your friend’s 42 inch Sony Bravia that would convince you to get one yourself. Granted it would be expensive, but if you actually enjoy looking at movies and games it’s an absolute must. In fashion terms, it would be like wearing fancy, impeccable coat, dress shirt and tie and then wearing dirty hobo pants. You need both halfs to be done right to make the impression you want. If you game in HD and have blu-rays, that display is paramount in your viewing/gaming experience. Even if it costs you like 4-5 suits, you won’t care when you see FFXIII or Valkyria Chronicles or any properly authored Blu-ray in 40-50 inch, 1080p glory. Anyway, congrats on scoring your friend’s Bravia. Next stop is that 60 inch LED TV.

If you really want to see a picture that will bring you to your knees and make your eyes bleed in joy, try watching HD material on a 50 inch Pioneer Kuro plasma flatscreen. That thing was expensive even in the US. I think it was like $5000 so I don’t even want to think how much it would be in JP. It’s probably even more now since Pioneer got out of the plasma TV market.

KG Jung said...


FYI, looks like you won't have to wait all that long to get Scott Pilgrim on Blu-ray. Looks like it's being released on Nov 9 ( ). I hate to say it, but this isn't too much of surprise considering how poorly it did at the box office. It's definitely a pre-order for me once Amazon has it up.

ChaosEater said...

Hey guys, I'm a long time listener, never posted until now. To start, I'd like to say that I really love your podcast. I've always liked Japanese games so it's cool to hear about your opinions.

My question for you I got from a discussion on another podcast. Japanese developers/publishers seem to be struggling this gen. It took forever for the big HD JRPG Final Fantasy XIII to come out, and it disappointed a lot of fans. NIS America have been putting out crap lately. I'm curious to hear your opinions on what Japanese developers need to do to survive this gen. Should small developers go portable only, and leave the big HD games for Square and Capcom? Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

riley said...

Ok, I've gotta say something about this. I already asked a question on the last page, but this needs to be addressed. I could try to explain, but the link will do it so much better.

What in the HELL is wrong with japanese TV? (Clip is just an example). I mean, is this stuff really typical?

KG Jung said...

Just FYI:

I think I might have an answer for the mysterious disappearing/reappearing comment posts that happened several podcasts back. Apparently if a post is of a certain length, it will automatically be submitted for moderation. It's a "feature" for "Blogger" blogs and I don't think it can be turned off by blog owners.

On another note: Valkyria 3 on PSP? Freakin shame. Anime-ized graphics just do not cut it for this game. Give me back my CANVAS engine cutscenes dammit!!

Anonymous said...

Hey there Outcast Team!

What did you guys think of the new Devil May Cry reboot trailer? From what I've seen, it's either a love or hate thing.

Here's a link to the trailer to those who haven't seen it already:

GROW said...

I would like very much to hear some more debate around the theory that the PS4 could be the PSP2.

With Apple recently putting the same processor in its new AppleTV console as the iPhone4/ipad and new ipod touch processor is it possibly the start of a era of universal processing power regardless of fixed or portable gaming hardware.

Also on the Microsoft front as far as has been released to the public
343 industries the studio working on the "next halo game" has been reported to be working on some WindowsPhone7 work? possible halo4 is a handheld game?

As far as Nintendo is concerned who knows what they have in store with the 3DS.. they could push it as there lead system?

Mabye the success of that Hunting of Monsters game in japan has had a bigger impact than it seems world wide ? or Will halo 4 just have Covenant Pokemon in it?

Gwyn said...

@Riley - You need to remember that that sort of thing would be aired at 2 or 3am, if at all (sometimes these sorts of clips can be from DVD only shows that dont air). The internet loves the freakier side of Japan and often pushes it as if these things are normal when most of the Japanese havent seen it either.
Having said that, I have seen some simultaneously bizarre and awesome stuff on late nite Japanese TV. Remember - the social mores and taboos are different here. Personally I find US/UK tv and all that reality tv stuff to be equally bizarre.

Gwyn said...

@Heath - you, my friend, are either on drugs or just outright crazy. Fortunately we like crazy people here on the Out-cast - although most of those 'rumours' sound more like unfounded message board posts to me.

Eliciel said...

The new DMC Character - debate :D

btw. wonderful podcast love you guys =)

migrations said...

Hey guys, first of all the show is really great, and you all seem very credible when it comes to making factual statements. All three of you are great, although I have my favorites. And props to Richard for knowing what 719,I-25 and Academy Blvd are.

I listen to fighting game podcasts and they say that Japan is a wonderland. A lot of people call Japan a 'hyperbolic time chamber' because when you go to playing fighting games you level up 10x faster.
Supposedly when you play Tekken you can get a card and pay for it with your cell phone?! And the idea of having a card it self is pretty crazy that tracks your win/losses? I've even heard of arcades streaming matches from inside the arcade onto large screens outside.
Have any of you guys got to play around in the fighting game section of a Play Center? Do you guys know anything about the fighting game community in Japan? Is it true that Tekken 6 eclipses other fighting games popularity-wise in Japan? Are fighting games even that popular in Japan or do people just exaggerate because we have no arcades in America?
These are things I've always wondered but never had the opportunity to ask.


migrations said...

I understand if you guys don't know, since you guys don't talk too much on fighters. I just wanted to ask a unique question.
I will be listening to every episode though and if my question was too out-there I'll have better ones in the future.

Radical Dreamer said...

@KG Jung
Thanks much for the Scott Pilgrim Blu-ray tip off. It is now reserved. (PS tune in to the next mail bag special where I explain why I have accidentally called you HG)

As with most mailbag content, we'll probably answer your question on the air, but I'm willing to take a short stab at it here too. Gaming cards that track your progress are the standard for arcade games (fighting/racing/music/shooter) here in Japan. However, they do more than that. Often they allow you to unlock tons of new content for your account. In Tekken 6 for example, you unlock a metric ton of costume options for each character in addition to having your stats tracked.

Now as for popular fighting games here in Arcades in Japan. I don't know if I'd say Tekken is THE most popular, though its one of the most popular. Others would be Arcana Hearts, Melty Blood, BlazBlu, SFIV, Virtual Fighter 5,and Guilty Gear.

riley said...

@Gwyn: Thanks for the feedback on my tv question. I realize (as you guys have mentioned it before) that the the stuff on the internet is an extreme representation of japan. That being said, it's still extremely bizarre (to my tastes) and I was just hoping to learn a bit more about japanese television...without having to actually watch it lol.

migrations said...

@Radical Dreamer
Thanks, cool! If you want to tackle it on air I'd be extremely thankful.
My 'Tekken 6 is the most popular' theory was going off of the Arcadia magazine rankings. I don't even really know what those rankings mean though.
Personally I'm a die hard Third Strike and KOF fan. Garou: Mark of the Wolves is my favorite fighter ever.

migrations said...

2D fighing games have 'holds' or grabs just like Tekken. Every character has standard grabs but some have 'command' throws. Characters that do lots of throws are often called "Grapplers" by the community. See - Zangief - Blue Mary - R. Mika
In Tekken you can break a grab, in 2D games you can 'tech' a throw. Same thing.

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