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1:00 AM on 09.25.2013

HUGE: We're giving away 1,000 indie games

Just a heads up for all of our HUGE members. Our colleagues at Destructoid are giving away 1,000 indie game codes courtesy of IndieGameStand. Those of you who've signed up for HUGE, our network-wide subscription service,...

Tim Sheehy

Let's get HUGE: Japanator rolling out ad-free memberships photo
Let's get HUGE: Japanator rolling out ad-free memberships
by Brad Rice

We here at ModernMethod are rolling out a membership program across all four sites called HUGE. The program is meant to be a game-changer for the entire network, allowing us to bring you better content than you've ever seen before. Right now the program is just available through Destructoid, but we'll be rolling it out on Japanator this week, and any benefits gained from signing up via Destructoid apply across all of our sites.

First, let's talk about what you get. You'll get an ad-free browsing experience on all four of our sites (Destructoid, Japanator, Tomopop, and Flixist). You'll get automatic entry into all of our contests on all four sites. You'll get direct access to staff members. Those are the guarantees, and we're working with some of our partners to provide even more benefits! 

On our end, it allows us to not worry about turning into BuzzFeed or BleacherReport -- putting out articles with a 100-page gallery that forces you to click through over and over again. We'll be able to provide better content, because we are beholden to you, not to pageviews (But don't worry, we'll still run that gallery of embarrassing Elliot photos).

Instead, we'll be able to take a better look at some of the anime and manga out there, raising the discussion to a new level. We'll be able to cover Japanese pop culture more in-depth, and provide some new features that we had only been able to dream about up until this point.

Of course, the first thing to state here is that all of our content will still be free. It's not going behind a paywall or anything cruel like that. We're still committed to providing great content to you, regardless of whether or not you subscribed. If we could move away from advertisers entirely, that'd be the best thing in the world.

So please, go check out the HUGE signup page, and let us know in the comments what you think about it and what you would like to see from us!

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11:15 PM on 06.06.2013

Microsoft: Xbox One not always-online...just every day

You'd think they'd get this sort of thing out of the way back when they announced it, but mere days before E3, Microsoft has finally shed some light on the burning policy questions hounding their upcoming Xbox One console. In...

Josh Tolentino

Say Hello to the Xbox One photo
Say Hello to the Xbox One
by Josh Tolentino

No, not the first Xbox, or the Xbox 360. The third of Microsoft's consoles has opted to dial down its numbering by three hundred fifty-nine while dialing up its hardware. And it's called the "Xbox One", which means that pretty much everyone was wrong (I hope you didn't have any money riding on "Xbox Infinity"), and Microsoft actually managed to keep a secret for as long as it did. Good going on that, guys!

So far it looks like they're going heavy on the idea of an "All-in-One" device, merging TV, internet social stuff, and games. They're still talking, so stay tuned for further details, or head over and hang out with our game-happy pals at Destructoid for live, as-it-happens updates!

Are you ready for the next-gen? Personally, I just hope it does better in Japan this time around. Is that too much to ask?

[Video courtesy GamesHQMedia]

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A special message from our founder photo
A special message from our founder
by Josh Tolentino

As you may know, Japanator is part of the esteemed ModernMethod network, a group of sites that includes our figure-loving friends at Tomopop, the film buffs at Flixist, and of course, our gaming pals at Destructoid

Earlier today, our founder, publisher, webmaster, fearless leader, and Head Robot, Niero Gonzales, posted a message about ads, what they do for the network, and what you can do as a reader. We've got the whole message below. Most of the language pertains directly to Destructoid, but the truth is, pretty much anything Niero says about the business of running Destructoid applies to Japanator as well, which is why we saw fit to reprint it here.

Once you're done reading it (and hopefully choosing to "whitelist" Japanator on your ad-blocker), the next best things you can do as readers of Japanator, Destructoid, or any other ModernMethod sites is post your thoughts and suggestions in the comments (or email them to us), as well as visiting our community poll and voting on what you'd like to see from a potential "premium" version of the network, which is an idea we've been toying around with!

Rest assured, we intend to do what's best by you, the readers, because what's good for you ends up good for us as well. You're why we do this, after all!

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9:45 AM on 01.23.2013

Woah: Wii U gets MegaTen x Fire Emblem, Xeno- game, more

Oh, boy. Time for me to start seriously considering a Wii U. It seems Nintendo have carpet-bombed the gaming public with a new slate of announcements, enough to send our own Dale North into a tizzy.  First and strangest ...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 11.18.2012

The Wii U is loose, go mad!

It feels like quite some time since the world simultaneously smashed their heads on their desks upon seeing Nintendo Land instead of Super Smash Bros. Something, rounding off a pretty neat but somewhat confusing Wii U showing...

Chris Walden

2:25 AM on 06.06.2012

E3 2012: Did I just fall in love with a tech demo?

Square Enix took the wraps off a Final Fantasy real time tech demo at E3, and I know it's just a video --but I'm in love... Like I said it's just a tech demo, not on any game hardware or system, but this short clip just hit ...

Hiroko Yamamura

PSA: Grab a Rusty Hearts beta key right now photo
PSA: Grab a Rusty Hearts beta key right now
by Josh Tolentino

Rusty Hearts is a thing that is going to happen, and by "thing", I mean "Free-to-Play Massively Multiplayer Online Game". That's "F2P MMOG" for people who like to make acronyms. 

Developed by WindySoft and run by Perfect World Entertainment, the game is billed as a "side-scrolling hack-and-slash dungeon crawler with cel-shaded, manga-inspired visuals", but based on the gameplay trailer below, I don't see a lot of side-scrolling. Hacking and slashing? Check. Dungeons? Check. Cel-shaded, manga-inspired visuals? Check. But I have to say that that scrolling is happening in three dimensions.

But don't take my word for it. Come July 27th, you'll have a chance to confirm the nature of Rusty Hearts' scrolling for yourself. That is, if you head over to this page and grab a code from our pals at Destructoid. Get yours soon, because they're going fast.

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Tell us: Do you prefer Japanese games with subs or dubs? photo
Tell us: Do you prefer Japanese games with subs or dubs?
by Josh Tolentino

Just as it became the topic of Tuesday's Otaku Debate, the eternal question of "Dubs vs. Subs" is about to get video game-y. Destructoid's conducting a big survey regarding that. Our founder and head robot Niero had this to say:

It is my pleasure to bring you an exclusive Destructoid survey conducted in partnership with a major Japanese company. We are looking to conduct a relatively informal survey and open conversation on the topic of Japanese titles (especially those that have never made it to North America).  At the heart of it they're curious if a product remaining somewhat pure to its Japanese roots might be better received by serious J-gamers in the States. Your answers will be DIRECTLY influencing a significant decision on an upcoming title.

Give this link a clickety-click to take the survey. It's pretty short, but the results could be hella sweet.

And no, don't ask me what company we've partnered with, because I don't know. It's just that this survey is quite relevant to the average Japanator reader's interest, I would think.

Oh! And the survey which three currently unreleased J-games you would most like to see in English. Tell us what you put down in the comments!


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6:15 PM on 10.11.2010

Destructoid the Show set to premiere tonight

Just a quick reminder -- Destructoid's very own Jonathan Holmes is hosting the premiere of Destructoid (the show), along with co-host Tara Long, over at in less than an hour. The show, being ...

Tim Sheehy

7:00 PM on 02.10.2010

Ten Minute Taste: Last Rebellion

[As posted on Destructoid]If you've ever played one, you'll know that ten minutes is barely enough for a whiff, much less a taste of the typical RPG. That's why we recorded eleven minutes of footage from NIS-America's ne...

Josh Tolentino