Snow Over Shibuya

I just got back from a month-long trip to Japan. Though I lived in Japan a number of years ago when I was in school, and though my wife and I go back at least once a year, this was the first trip in about eight years that lasted more than two weeks. Normally I haven’t been able to take enough time off of work to really stay long enough to overcome jet lag, but the new job I started last year happens to have an office in Tokyo, which is extremely convenient. It snowed off and on last month, which was actually quite nice; living in California, it’s not often that I get to see snow, let alone trudge through it in the middle of a megacity.

While I was there I tried to find the Silent Hill arcade game, and while I was able to locate the machine, I didn’t get a chance to play because there was actually a line. Not a long line, mind you, just one sort of suspicious-looking middle-aged man, but the arcade was smokey and I couldn’t hear my friend over the Guitar Freaks racket, so I left. I was surprised to find anybody playing the thing, let alone people waiting to play it. I looked around for another machine but wasn’t able to find one. Oh well, maybe next time.

I also picked up THE Tairyou Jigoku, which is pretty much as terrible as it looks. Still, it’s probably quest-worthy for the same reasons that (equally terrible-looking) Escape from Bug Island is included. I also tracked down a copy of Dino Crisis for $1, which was a deal I could not pass up.

The month in Japan was a month without video games (except for the highly, highly excellent Phoenix Wright: Justice For All), so I’m behind on my Quest progress. But bear with me, we’ll return to regularly scheduled industry rants, game design ramblings, and random horror media reviews shortly.

One thought on “Snow Over Shibuya

  1. From what I’ve seen of it, THE Tairyou Jigoku is fairly cheap looking (and, if YouTube has it right, it’s attracted a fairly creepy crowd). The basic concept, though, as well as the enemies that come with it, do look fairly creepy. Be sure to post your thoughts on it once you’ve played through it.

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