The measures game developers take to avoid unsolicited ideas

The measures game developers take to avoid unsolicited ideas. A tweet from a former Sega employee on the matter has been gaining attention online.

FFXIV major server expansion and resumption of digital sales announced

Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) major server expansion plan and resumption of digital sales announced, along with the release schedule for the Data Center Travel System.

#SaveApexASIA went trending on Twitter after “BAN HAMMER JP” temporarily shut down as an act of protest

#SaveApexASIA went trending on Twitter after BAN HAMMER JP Discord server temporarily shut down as an act of protest against EA. BAN HAMMER JP is a community server for Japanese Apex Legends players to report cheaters.

Nyaaaanvy, a butt sumo game featuring cat-like creatures, is coming to Steam

Nyaaaanvy, a physics-based butt sumo game featuring cat-like creatures, is coming to Steam. The goal of the game is to knock opponents off the stage and become the last one standing.

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined to launch on April 21 in Japan

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined to launch on April 21 in Japan. Pocky & Rocky Reshrined is the latest installment of the vertical scrolling shooter series Pocky & Rocky/KiKi KaiKai and a direct sequel to the 1992 SNES title Pocky & Rocky.

Bravely Default Brilliant Lights to officially release on Jan. 27 in Japan

Square Enix has announced the official release date for their free-to-play RPG Bravely Default Brilliant Lights. It is set to start its service for iOS and Android on January 27 in Japan.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is trending on Twitter in Japan, likely due to Nintendo’s new feature

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is trending on Twitter in Japan, likely due to Nintendo’s new feature “My Nintendo Switch History 2021.”

Dream by Wombo is being used to create tons of AI-powered video game artwork

Dream by Wombo is being used to create tons of AI-powered video game artwork. While Dream was released in November, it looks like it started catching on in Japan around December and January.

Atsushi Inaba appointed as new CEO of PlatinumGames

PlatinumGames has announced that Atsushi Inaba has been appointed as the company’s new CEO. Kenichi Sato stepped down from the position at the end of December and will remain in the company as an advisor.

VTuber avatar creation tool V-Katsu to end service in June

Japanese game developer IVR has announced that they are sunsetting service for V-Katsu on June 30, 2022. V-Katsu is an avatar creation tool for PC (Steam), iOS, and Android that entered early access in 2018.

Jack & Detective is a social deduction game without conversation or elimination

Japanese game developer Curiouspark has released Jack & Detective: Werewolf Game on iOS and Android as a free-to-play app. It’s a social deduction game based on a board game of the same name.

FFXIV producer asked players to refrain from verbal abuse

Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida’s remark about toxicity is making the rounds both inside and outside of Japan. Yoshida thinks players take it a bit too far sometimes.

The Idolmaster series’ Yayoi Takatsuki appointed as a tourism ambassador for Takatsuki city, Japan

The Idolmaster series’ Yayoi Takatsuki appointed as a tourism ambassador for Takatsuki city, Japan. A special event will take place on Yayoi Takatsuki's birthday, March 25.

A Japanese/English otaku phrase book announced in Japan

A Japanese/English otaku phrase book called Sekai ga Hirogaru Oshikatsu Eigo (世界が広がる 推し活英語) is coming to Japan. The book boasts having 330 words and 477 phrases and appears to have the English and Japanese side-by-side.

A firefighter in Japan punished after posting video game content on YouTube

A firefighter in Japan punished after posting video game content on YouTube. The videos were about an online game where multiple players participated as crew members on a vehicle and engaged in a mind game.

Japan remains the country with the most gaming-related tweets 2 years in a row

Japan remains the country with the most gaming-related tweets 2 years in a row. Colon, a Japanese content creator, is at the top of the “Most Talked About Gaming Creators” list.

English learning game with speech recognition announced for Nintendo Switch in Japan [UPDATE]

An English learning game with speech recognition called Betia Pera Pera English Adventure has been announced for Nintendo Switch in Japan.

Free lo-fi idle game Chill Corner is gaining popularity on Steam

Free lo-fi idle game called Chill Corner has been garnering popularity on Steam. Chill Corner is a simple, relaxing game that launched for free in December.

Sega has opened a new studio in Sapporo, Japan

Sega has announced that they have opened a new studio in Sapporo, Japan. The new studio (Sega Sapporo Studio) was founded on December 1 to work on software development and debugging operations.

VTuber horror game hololive ERROR free version now available

VTuber horror game hololive ERROR free version now available. The full release is scheduled for summer 2022. hololive ERROR is available on PC (only supports Japanese).

Uma Musume’s theme song praised by Sakanaction vocalist

Uma Musume Pretty Derby’s theme song “Umapyoi Densetsu” praised by Sakanaction vocalist Ichiro Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi is the frontman of the Japanese band Sakanaction.

Idol raising idle game Idling Idol is now available on Steam

Idol raising idle game Idling Idol is now available on Steam. Idling Idol creators recommends the game for those that like idle and clicker games, resource management games, and cute idols.

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