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It promised a revolution. It promised a common consumer’s upheaval to the traditional console market: taking down the last stronghold against democratizing the creation and sale of video games, the home console market. It promised that the future wars of gaming would be fought with ideas, not hardware specifications. Ouya promised a lot when it first showed itself to the world. READ MORE

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I am astounded by how little I have to do in Cities: Skylines to produce a massive smile on my face.  Whether I’m swinging the camera around to get a better view of my newly-placed bridge, adding in a new residential corner or trying to improve gridlock in my downtown core, every aspect of the game feels rewarding and enjoyable. I can occupy myself with small tasks like ensuring my water budget is up to par, or start grand-scale plans to completely eradicate the industrial off-ramp as part of a new highway system. Every action furthers my suspicion that this game will end up in my top ten of the year. It also feels like something I’ve been wanting for a long, long time. Why is that, exactly? READ MORE

Jeremy tests his hand-eye coordination with some help from Graham in this week’s episode featuring GBA dexterity puzzler Kururin Paradise. The sequel to Kuru Kuru Kururin (which was released in English in Europe), it brings a lot of variety to the spinning-ship-with-an-arbitrarily-inconvenient-shape genre.

New episodes of Gaijin Guide are posted every other Wednesday.

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As a member of London’s famed Adventurer’s Club, you have heard countless tales of thrilling excitement. Professor Elemental’s tales are especially enthralling. There’s just one problem: they’re complete fabrications.

You’ve seen him sneaking around back streets, collecting worthless trinkets from curio shops and overhearing anecdotes in pubs that he then weaves into his bogus tales of adventure. You could call him out on it if you wanted to. But instead you’ve decided that two (to six) can play this game… READ MORE

What were the most surprising, most disappointing and just plain best games of 2015 so far? The crew gathers to discuss those topics in this video edition of Progress Report. Topics include Monster Hunter, Toad Amiibo, Cities: Skylines, webinars, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., RAPs and more! Watch to see our picks.

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If I haven’t mentioned it before, here it is: I’m terrible at anything tactical. My ability to process information quickly and act before my opponent has been one of my major strengths in education, sport, theatre and, of course, games. Inevitably, when the playing field levels and my initial advantage is over, I suffer. Whether I don’t enjoying a slower pace, or lack strategy, I tend to struggle in this type of competition. “Slow down,” my teachers told me, “you don’t have to finish the test first.” No, but what could looking over my work and taking my time possibly do for me?

Finesse is never a factor in tactical games. It’s a style in which you’re given ample time to make decisions. Every movement, every upgrade and every attack is made with all the information available, like a pile of books dumped on your desk with no clocks in sight. Take your time. READ MORE

On this episode, Graham and Jeremy walk you through the actually-very-new PS3 release, Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundoukai All-Star Special! A remake of a late-life Famicom title from Technos, it features characters from the Kunio universe, one you may have experienced through River City Ransom, Super Dodge Ball, Nintendo World Cup or Crash ‘n’ the Boys. It’s an unlikely recreation of an odd obstacle-course-and-fighting title, and sure to appeal to people looking for Japanese weirdness! Watch and see if it’s for you.

New episodes of Gaijin Guide are posted every other Wednesday.

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When I talked about Aquasphere, I mentioned my day job in scientific research. Little did I suspect at the time that I would soon play another game, Alchemists, that would essentially focus on the ins and outs of academia (sort of).

In Alchemists, each player takes on the role of a potion brewer attempting to learn the secrets of their art via experimentation and deduction. There are eight “alchemicals” in the world, and eight mystical ingredients that each contain one of them. Your job is to determine which ingredient represents which alchemical. READ MORE

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Sometimes I have the focus of a refined musician, always knowing what notes to listen to, eliminating any perception of outside noise or the audience’s reaction. Anything that could diminish my performance isn’t relevant and I don’t pay any attention to it. It’s not there. This existence of Henry is limited, appearing only at the most opportune times. Like when I’m playing five-dollar blackjack in Vegas, or treading the boards as an actor on stage. Or, of course, when I’m really into a game.

Otherwise, I battle against ceaseless distractions, most of the time losing. Writing this Serotonin, for example, has already led me to start up some music, a podcast and two YouTube videos. I’m not even finished with the second paragraph. What is wrong with me? READ MORE

Half-Smash Bros., half-Shonen Jump, PS2/GameCube release Battle Stadium D.O.N throws Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto characters into a super-powered mash-up brawler. Graham and Jeremy check it out!

New episodes of Gaijin Guide are posted every other Wednesday.