The Escapist Presents: Gamers Heart Japan

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Gamers Heart Japan

The Escapist is proud to be a part of this extraordinary video in support of relief efforts for Japan. Writers and game developers speak about their love for Japan, and how the country has inspired them to be a part of this great industry.

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Nicely done

Though I saw Greg and Susan, I must have missed John Funk.

I gotta be honest with you guys, this video made me choke up a bit. Hearing all the testimonials and stories about how japanese games have affected game developers and journalists reminded me on how much they have affected me. Being both a gamer and a comic artist, Japan's influence has changed almost everyday of my life ever since I first played Pokemon Red on the Gameboy on Christmas and read my first manga in the bookstore of the mall. I haven't stopped doodling big anime eyes on the sides of my note books since.

What has happened to Japan strikes a powerful blow to my emotions. It feels less like a national crisis to some country on the other side of the world and more like close friend who I've known for most of my life suddenly having a knife shoved into his chest. I know Japan is more then just video games, sushi, and anime, but I can't change how personal this tragedy feels.

My heart and prayers go out to the people of Japan.

Great video.

But yeah, I didn't see Funk either...

Its consistent.

I just watched that before going to work tonight, it was really enlightening and touching.

This was fantastic. :) Lots of the same games being mentioned in the mix too.

I don't particularly like any Japanese games, but I can definitely acknowledge how it has shaped the foundations of the video game industry today.
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Regardless of its relation to video games, my heart goes out to Japan and its people.

nightshadered:
I gotta be honest with you guys, this video made me choke up a bit. Hearing all the testimonials and stories about how japanese games have affected game developers and journalists reminded me on how much they have affected me. Being both a gamer and a comic artist, Japan's influence has changed almost everyday of my life ever since I first played Pokemon Red on the Gameboy on Christmas and read my first manga in the bookstore of the mall. I haven't stopped doodling big anime eyes on the sides of my note books since.

What has happened to Japan strikes a powerful blow to my emotions. It feels less like a national crisis to some country on the other side of the world and more like close friend who I've known for most of my life suddenly having a knife shoved into his chest. I know Japan is more then just video games, sushi, and anime, but I can't change how personal this tragedy feels.

My heart and prayers go out to the people of Japan.

I hate to do a simple +1 here, but I don't think I could have said it much better than this. I've already donated $20 to relief efforts there, and I might do another $20 soon. It's the least I can do, considering that Japan is among one of the few places I can see myself living in happily in the future.

We can all help by donating and sharing this video around with all of our gamer mates.

Am I the only one to fnd the "The events in Japan really affected me" comment to be somewhat insensitive?

Other than that good vid.

I really love Japanese games for their ability to take standards and expectations that we, in the west, have accepted and defy them. Take Vanquish, which sets itself up as a super-serious western-oriented shooter, and then throws in this very Japanese sense of style, it really threw me for a hook.
That's why I love Japan.

This video would be more moving if you didn't have to sit through an advert before watching it.

I thought I would add another site to watch for - Play for Japan is encouraging publishers and developers to dig deep to find special and limited items to auction on ebay raising lots of cash for the cause. All money goes to help the efforts. Please check it out - http://playforjapan.org/

Including a very rare SEGA Dreamcast jacket - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Play-Japan-SEGA-Dreamcast-Employee-Jacket-RARE-/160566551301?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2562832305&afsrc=1

Thanks!

Just when I thought I won't be able to watch this... Thank you for posting this!

Thats it, after watching this and hearing so much love for the country, I'm just going to say screw the radiation threat, my holiday is still going ahead!

*sniff* Truly this a great cause and I'm glad that gamers are interested in current events like-

What? What was that?

You said there was a similar earthquake in Haiti that caused as much destruction to a country that was worse off before hand?

Fuck them. JAPAN HAS VIDEO GAMES!

It's nice to finally see some of the people of the Escapist, now I finally have faces to match with the names.
I can't say anything about Japan without getting at least a suspension.

Here is my challenge to you guys. Add up everything you've picked up on one of Steam's infamous sales, but yet to actually play, and donate that amount to the Red Cross. These people need so much help, and they've given us so very, very much.

Susan Arendt:
Here is my challenge to you guys. Add up everything you've picked up on one of Steam's infamous sales, but yet to actually play, and donate that amount to the Red Cross. These people need so much help, and they've given us so very, very much.

While I love your idea, I don't buy anything on steam...

bdcjacko:

Susan Arendt:
Here is my challenge to you guys. Add up everything you've picked up on one of Steam's infamous sales, but yet to actually play, and donate that amount to the Red Cross. These people need so much help, and they've given us so very, very much.

While I love your idea, I don't buy anything on steam...

I'm sure you can come up with a reasonable alternative.

Susan Arendt:

bdcjacko:

Susan Arendt:
Here is my challenge to you guys. Add up everything you've picked up on one of Steam's infamous sales, but yet to actually play, and donate that amount to the Red Cross. These people need so much help, and they've given us so very, very much.

While I love your idea, I don't buy anything on steam...

I'm sure you can come up with a reasonable alternative.

Yeah, I was thinking maybe match what I have spent on x-box live all year.

BTW, I didn't watch the video, just read the comments. Is the a links to a charity to donate too or in it?

http://www.gamersheartjapan.com/

Just hit the big shiny button in the middle.

Japanese story telling have touched me like non other country. I don't mean only the games but in animes I almost have tears in my eyes when they are so sad and they make me also laugh harder than anything else when they are funny. So I think I owe much to them because they make me show my emotions.

Susan Arendt:
http://www.gamersheartjapan.com/

Just hit the big shiny button in the middle.

Thank you.

I'm surprised it took over 50 minutes to get someone to mention Atmosphere in games and Ocarina of Time. But regardless I love seeing this much passion towards japan and their gift to gaming.

I got to say I'm surprised, and somewhat proud not to hear any Japanese culture hate in this thread. Seriously as soon as I opened this thread I expected to see the term "weeaboo" plastered all over the walls so to speak.

Great relief effort definately going to donate some more. Can i ask though, where can I find the music that was used in the video/who made it?

Excuse me for not wanting to donate money to the third richest country in the world

Random Name 4:
Excuse me for not wanting to donate money to the third richest country in the world

1) You aren't donating the money directly to the country, you would be donating it too the red cross so they can help the disaster area.
2) Just because they country is the 3rd riches doesn't mean it has a lot of money to spend on disaster relief. Usually modern governments aren't just sitting on huge stock piles of cash. All the money countries have are usually ear marked for specific things.
3) If you mean you aren't donating because the citizens themselves are rich, well a lot of good the money does when it is tide up in banks that have been destroyed, and the infrastructure to get the money is screwed up.
4) It is your money, I'm not saying you have to donate. I am saying you sound very callous in what you said.

Already donated last month through Vindictus. I even got some virtual underwear and a hairstyle out of the deal. So yeah, I gave to Japan through a Korean company.

More on topic: Very good video, if not a bit overlong.

They should've brought a poet

Visiting Japan is at the top of my bucket list

*sniff* That was touching.
I love Japan because the stories that have come from there have been some of the best I've ever seen. I've laughed, cried, and have even been inspired to tell stories when I grow up because of some of the stuff that came from Japan.

bdcjacko:

Random Name 4:
Excuse me for not wanting to donate money to the third richest country in the world

1) You aren't donating the money directly to the country, you would be donating it too the red cross so they can help the disaster area.
2) Just because they country is the 3rd riches doesn't mean it has a lot of money to spend on disaster relief. Usually modern governments aren't just sitting on huge stock piles of cash. All the money countries have are usually ear marked for specific things.
3) If you mean you aren't donating because the citizens themselves are rich, well a lot of good the money does when it is tide up in banks that have been destroyed, and the infrastructure to get the money is screwed up.
4) It is your money, I'm not saying you have to donate. I am saying you sound very callous in what you said.

Sorry, but I didn't see all this from the gaming community when Haiti, a MUCH smaller and MUCH poorer country was struck by a MUCH worse disaster. All this charity bullshit about Japan just because a large portion of the game development community is based there.

Random Name 4:

bdcjacko:

Random Name 4:
Excuse me for not wanting to donate money to the third richest country in the world

1) You aren't donating the money directly to the country, you would be donating it too the red cross so they can help the disaster area.
2) Just because they country is the 3rd riches doesn't mean it has a lot of money to spend on disaster relief. Usually modern governments aren't just sitting on huge stock piles of cash. All the money countries have are usually ear marked for specific things.
3) If you mean you aren't donating because the citizens themselves are rich, well a lot of good the money does when it is tide up in banks that have been destroyed, and the infrastructure to get the money is screwed up.
4) It is your money, I'm not saying you have to donate. I am saying you sound very callous in what you said.

Sorry, but I didn't see all this from the gaming community when Haiti, a MUCH smaller and MUCH poorer country was struck by a MUCH worse disaster. All this charity bullshit about Japan just because a large portion of the game development community is based there.

Now that is a good point. I watched the thing and since it was red cross, a trusted real charity, I decided that was good, and I had been meaning to donate, but it get hard to donate to some randoms saying they are going to help whoever is the hot topic. And I had to make sure this is going for real support, not to help kids get new playstations they lost during the tsunami.

But still you bring up an excellent point about where the gamers were during Haiti.

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