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TGS 2009: Presenting The First Annual Crispy Gamer Miso Ramen Awards

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Teti Jones Hooray

Almost every day last week began the same way. Jones and I would roll out of bed in our respective hotel rooms, hung over from the night before, and we would have a debate on AIM about where we should eat. The discussion was always brief, and it always ended at the same place: the cheap ramen shop across the street from the Shinjuku Prince Hotel. (Motto: "Guests who stay at the Shinjuku Prince are truly the princes of Shinjuku.") Then we would eat miso ramen.

TGS 2009: There Was Also an Enormous Slime

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Teti Jones Hooray

Kyle Orland asked me if there were any other giant inflatable creatures at the Tokyo Game Show besides the giant chocobo I mentioned earlier. Yes, in fact, there was a giant Slime. He hovered over the Dragon Quest VI booth, smiling down on us with his trademark brand of low-I.Q. contentedness.

TGS 2009: The Booth Babe Gallery!

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Teti Jones Hooray

 

TGS 2009: Did We Travel Thousands of Miles Just to See a Giant Chocobo?

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Teti Jones Hooray

Writers have a built-in bias when we go to events like the Tokyo Game Show: We want them to matter. I flew halfway around the world and upended my life for two weeks so that I could attend this show. When Jones and I walked into the Makuhari Messe convention center yesterday for the first day of TGS, you better believe we wanted to be wowed.

TGS 2009: Take Me Out to the Ball Game so I Can Completely Ignore It

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Can you spot the gamer in this picture, taken at yesterday's thrilling Yomiuri Giants baseball game?

Giants Game Crowd

No? Here's a closer shot.

TGS 2009: Sekkusu! Part Two: Final Fantasy Sekkusu!

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In some of the more completist comics stores here, you can get fan-made manga that features characters from venerable game series. I discovered this corner of fan culture on my first trip to Tokyo when I was browsing for Final Fantasy stuff at a comic/pop-culture store in Shibuya called Mandarake. I flipped through the fan manga shelves marked "FF" and found three surprises.

1. The art is often very good, much better than I expected from amateurs.

2. Many of the comics featured the Final Fantasy characters having sex.

TGS 2009: Sekkusu! Part One

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Shinjuku

As Jones mentioned, we are staying in Shinjuku, the city's classic entertainment and nightlife district. Shinjuku has lost some of its luster over the decades. It used to be that when a movie shot on location in Tokyo, the establishing shot would always be the same: a wide shot of Shinjuku's Yasukuni-dori street, stacked with neon signs, full of Japanese characters blazing with illegible mystique.

Swag Tester: Win Two Modern Warfare 2 Pens + A Crispy Hat!

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Swag Tester! Where the hell has it been? Well, I'm busy. And lazy. They call me "Blazy" around the office. Not because I'm busy and lazy (that's just a coincidence) but rather because I am a huge fan of Blaze from "American Gladiators." The original one, not the one that was on NBC the last couple years -- forget that noise. Wait, what were we talking about?

Swag Tester: Win a Copy of King of Fighters XII + A Kyo Figure!

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Congratulations to commenters Confessor, piccolo13, and w1ndst0rm. They all won novel DS styluses simply by commenting on the last Swag Tester. If you want to be like them -- witty, urbane, doyens of the comment-thread chattering class -- I will make it simple for you. I have placed a small box at the bottom of this page. If you type words in this box and click the orange button, other people will see your words.

Crispy Adventurers Club: Marshal Your Forces! Stiff Upper Lip!

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StarTropics

Fellow adventurers, it has been a long, hot slog through the StarTropics. Let's not mince words; it was more difficult than we thought. The mosquitos, the ghosts, the traps, the belligerent women on the lighthouse islands. But the month is almost out. Let's make one last push this week to make it as far as you can.

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