Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night

Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Images: Franck Bohbot]

Photographer Franck Bohbot has done a beautiful job of capturing how beautifully eerie the Tokyo streets can look once the sun goes down.

Major Japanese sites like Livedoor News have recently been featuring Bohbot’s work.

Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]
Tokyo Looks Haunting at Night
[Image: Franck Bohbot]

These photos are part of a series Bohbot did in 2015 called “Tokyo Murmurings.” You can see more in said series here and more of Bohbot’s terrific photos here.

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from Kotaku http://kotaku.com/tokyo-looks-haunting-at-night-1780729979

Overwatch Isn’t Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters

Overwatch Isn't Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters
[Image: Blizzard]

Blizzard released a short animation to explain the rivalry between bow-wielding mercenary Hanzo and cybernetic ninja Genji. The animation is neat and all, but people online in Japan have been pointing out that the kanji sure is odd.

Japanese has a rather complex writing system that features kanji characters from China. There are also native writing systems called hiragana and katakana that are used along with kanji in written Japanese.

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In the animation, Hanzo kneels before a scroll that features four kanji characters in an idiomatic expression. Often maxims, these are not uncommon and in Japanese they are called “yojijukugo” (四字熟語). As Japanese site Afternoon News points out, the idiom Blizzard picked isn’t very good at all.

Overwatch Isn't Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters
[Image: Blizzard]

The scroll reads 竜頭蛇尾 (ryuutoudabi) or, literally, “dragon head, snake tail.” Which might underscore the motif that appears throughout the animation. Perhaps?

Overwatch Isn't Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters
[Image: Blizzard]

However, Japanese people don’t read these four characters literally. As previously mentioned, this is an idiom. It actually means “anticlimax.” Which is why it’s bizarre to see Hanzo kneeling before a scroll that means “anticlimax,” because this is probably the last thing Blizzard wants to convey about Overwatch or this short animation.

Overwatch Isn't Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters
[Image: Twitter]

Some Japanese Twitter users have been pointing out this strange selection, writing that it was “hilarious” and “too bizarre.” Even more so when you consider how the animation ends with Hanzo once again kneeling before the “anticlimax” scroll.

Overwatch Isn't Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters
[Image: Blizzard]

Or that, you know, Google Translate immediately barfs up this:

Overwatch Isn't Very Good at Picking Kanji Characters

Oh well.

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from Kotaku http://kotaku.com/overwatch-isnt-very-good-at-picking-kanji-characters-1780728171

Rumored Destiny Expansion: Bungie Trademarks “Rise of Iron”

Bungie has filed a trademark application for “Rise of Iron,” which is the name of the rumored Destiny expansion we may hear more about this coming week.

IGN spotted the trademark, filed May 31 with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The trademark covers all manner of things, including video games of course, but also graphic novels, toys, and even Halloween costumes.

A recent leak suggested Destiny’s new expansion is called Rise of Iron and will include a new raid, as well as a new type of weapon (possibly some kind of hammer or axe). It will reportedly be larger than either of Destiny’s first two expansions, The Dark Below and House of Wolves.

Last week, Bungie announced it would hold a “Destiny Reveal Stream” on Thursday, June 9, at 10 AM PT. We’ll be learning “all about the next threat that you’ll confront as Guardians” during the stream, which will be happening on Bungie’s Twitch channel. It could be that Bungie reveals Rise of Iron during this event, though that is not confirmed.

Looking further out, Bungie is also working on a Destiny sequel for 2017, which was recently rebooted, according to a report.

Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest on the future of Destiny as it’s announced.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/rumored-destiny-expansion-bungie-trademarks-rise-o/1100-6440481/

Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta

Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta

Atlanta’s MomoCon was held over the weekend, and there was some good cosplay on show.

Despite the event clashing with the more popular ColossalCon in Ohio (where lots of more “cosfamous” folks went), locals still turned out in force, with over 60,000 fans going through the gates over 4 days.

All photos below by Mineralblu. Note that while I’ve got credit info for some cosplayers, others are missing, so if you know/are any of the cosplayers below, let me know!

Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Cosplay by Haiden Hazard
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Cosplay by Katie Cosplays
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Cosplay by Riki ‘Riddle’ Lecotey
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta
Good Cosplay You Got There, Atlanta

from Kotaku http://cosplay.kotaku.com/good-cosplay-you-got-there-atlanta-1780688515