Who better to tackle the authenticity of the hit Sega franchise Yakuza than the actual Japanese yakuza? Lisa Katamaya over at BoingBoing teamed up with intrepid journalist Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice, to interview several mid-to-high level yakuza and have them play through the game.
Yakuza 3 is actually pretty accurate. I've always enjoyed Adelstein's writing, but this piece comes off fantastic, reading about these tough guys sitting down to play some videogames. The boys even get down and heavy into a discussion of the merits of power-ups in the game.
So go read this fantastic piece right now. I expect these reviews for every Yakuza game from this point on.
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