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Dec 12 2013

Android: Now with more エロゲ

For anyone who pays attention to Japanese 18+ games (such as this one), it's always been "obvious" that Android would soon sport 18+ games. Of course, like some "obvious" things, it's one thing to make a prediction, yet another thing for it to become reality. Especially if you're looking for a serious attempt.

I only just found out about this, but VisualArt's set up an Android store late last year that opened earlier this year. Beyond their own products, they also have Android games ported from Windows from a couple of other notable manufacturers (130cm, riffraff, ZERO). Naturally, this approach of a third-party market isn't likely to get very far on iOS due to the requirement of jailbreaking on that operating system, something that's a bit hard to convince users to do.

It'll be interesting to see if this approach actually leads anywhere!

Nov 20 2013

Of e-books and publishers

As you may have gathered from my previous post, I have a Kindle. In this case, it's a second generation Kindle Paperwhite, which I purchased so that I can access the Amazon.co.jp marketplace (my previous third-generation Kindle Keyboard was unable to do so).

I've been checking out several e-books that are available, and rather understandably, I've downloaded several samples. And... some of them really make me wonder what the hell the publishers are smoking. Cases in point:

You'd think that publishers would realize that a sample should be, well, a real sample so that a customer would be able to make an informed decision, but... maybe not?

This isn't to say that all of them are bad. Several of them are quite good, such as the samples for Hidan no Aria volume 1 and Kikou shoujo wa kizutsukanai volume 1 on the light novel end of things, and Minami-ke volume 1 for manga.

Nov 19 2013

The fun of e-book regionalization

Many people have noticed the difficulties of buying the media you care about in the country you care about when it comes to digital downloads of video and music. Some people have noticed the difficulties of buying the media you care about in the country you care about when it comes to digital downloads of video games. There has been remarkably little discussion about the issue when it comes to digital books, though, at least in part because of how little it's in your face.

Take, for example, the fantasy novel by David Eddings, Pawn of Prophecy, which starts off his series The Belgariad. Normally, if you go to Amazon.com from the US, you see no indication that an e-book version is even available. However, if you happen to come from a foreign IP... this is what you see instead: Read more...

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