The Tattoos of Yakuza by Johan Öberg

Take a closer look at the meaning of each tattoo from the Yakuza games with this awesome video by Johan Öberg. Directly from the Ryu Ga Gotoku 10th anniversary book he gives you the rundown on the the significance of the tattoo to each character along with some insight into the creative process of Horitomo the man that’s been working with the team since the first game.

Awesome job on this one always love seeing more behind the scenes stuff with the Yakuza series!

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The Dragon Rises Again in Yakuza Kiwami

A slick new story trailer is now out for the total remake of Yakuza 1; Yakuza Kiwami! So great to see the hype machine starting up for Kiwami it’s awesome and at the budget price it’s a don’t miss!

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SEGA’s New Corporate Identity “Amazing SEGA” Commits to Quality, Promises More Surprises Coming

SEGA’s latest restructuring has led to the creation of an entirely new concept in hopes of simply communicating their Corporate Identity.

The new identity “Amazing SEGA” promises to excite and surprise players with the quality you should expect from one of Japan’s top entertainment creators.

Current SEGA Corporate Director, and Chief Product Officer (not to mention director/creator of the Yakuza series) Toshihiro Nagoshi takes us behind the scenes in the creation of this new identity that will hopefully be a solid foundation for all SEGA brands and subsidiaries going forward. Using an in house developed headset to measure the human eye while playing SEGA games. The headset captures moments players feel excitement and joy while gaming! They then took this data and converted it to images and sounds to create a visual and audio representation of that moment that SEGA amazes the players.

It’s an amazing idea and I love the idea of capturing surprise to use in your brand. It’s a very SEGA thing to do and one of the reasons I still stand by that company today.

Hit the jump to see more behind the scenes videos.

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Yakuza 6 Troubles with Localization GDC 2017

Here’s one of the things I’d never considered when it comes to localization. With tensions between these countries so high and SEGA trying to break into the Chinese market I can see why they may have such a problem with this.

Jung-Sheng Lin posits that by simply using the line the “country” of Taiwan in the hostesses question Taiwanese gamers praised SEGA for being progressive or siding with Taiwanese people that would like independence from Chinese rule. Of course as soon as Chinese celebs started hearing about this and the news started spreading SEGA needed to patch the game and remove the dialogue completely so as not to stir controversy.

Something that should have been a nothing issue needed new dialogue to be recorded and an entire patch rolled out even though the game hadn’t officially released in either country yet!

Watch the entire GDC talk after the jump!

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The voice of Kiryu, Takaya Kuroda, in Final Fantasy XV!

The voice of Kiryu, Takaya Kuroda, in Final Fantasy XV!

Everyone loves the voice of Kiryu, Takaya Kuroda but did you guys know he has a small role in another big triple A japanese game released this year? If you turn on the Japanese language track you're in for a treat. Thanks to @gauntnoir for tipping us off and shooting...

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The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time

I’ve always considered this site to be a place for fans to share their Yakuza love. We used to be able to quickly reblog things through tumblr but now that fan promotion is a little harder to do. Luckily we’ve got a fantastic community that are still just as passionate as ever about seeing this series succeed in the west. We’re all separated around the globe but interacting through twitter, facebook and discord I’d consider all of you friends.

Yakuza fan Jack (@CreamyElephant) has been a loyal reader, and backer, for a while now and asked if it would be ok to share his thoughts on something that he finds the Yakuza series does almost completely uniquely for a video game series.

Make sure you get in touch and let Jack know what you think or please leave a comment.

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Kabukicho Don Quijote decked out for Ryu Ga Gotoku 6!

Kabukicho Don Quijote decked out for Ryu Ga Gotoku 6!

From Yakuza super fan @MeganJaneBoles that visited the world famous Don Quijote store in Kabukicho we finally get some really nice pictures of the tie in with Ryu Ga Gotoku 6!

It’s always awesome to see this whenever a new game in the series releases with Don Quijote being on of the only stores that have been supporting SEGA since the very first game.

Photos were uploaded with permission of course so everyone show @MeganJaneBoles some love!

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