Here are the pics & video from my trip to Japan last month. I had such an amazing time, I'd probably move there for a while if I spoke Japanese and had a visa 😛
Sense of Wonder Night 2014
I was selected to present at Sense of Wonder Night 2014 -- quite an honor given only 10 games were nominated out of 136 entries from 27 countries!
During tech setup:
Accepting the award for Best Technological Game:
Tokyo Game Show 2014
Radio city in Akihabara is pretty cool. It's this maze of tiny shops with low ceilings (most of the time I had to walk ducking down), many of which selling a particular type of electronic component.
You can buy chiptune music at a store here. That's pretty awesome.
Wall Street is a bar?
I ended up at multiple places where they served raw eggs as part of the meal. I ate them. Didn't die!
Store my ducks!
I stumbled onto Philosoraptor hiding on the sixth floor of a shopping mall:
Something about this place seemed a little shady, but I wandered in anyway, lured by signs of anime. Turned out to be a bar, filled with anime figures & posters. Behind the bar, they had eight monitors set up in some sort of broadcast rig and were doing a video podcast. I got to chat with the bartender a little, but I have no idea what the podcasters were saying. Although I did keep hearing them say 'americanjin game programmer'
At Kamakura Shrine, there were a bunch of elderly people sitting in rows in front of this pond. I wander up to see what was going on, and this guy was feeding turtles there. He let me take a photo of him, and then offered to let me feed the turtles too!
This image sums up my thoughts about trying to figure Pachinko out.