Zero Punctuation: Yakuza 4

Casual Shinji

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I know it was just one word, Yahtzee. But that one word you spoke in Japanese absolutely slayed me.

"Nuh, duh, nani?"

If I had a cell phone, I'd use this as my ringtone.
 

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LCP said:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit
Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.
 

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This is one of the funniest ZPs in a long time. Extra points for mispronouncing everying.

"Yakyoooza" and "Shenmooey".

Gold.
 

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Gotta say, if there's one thing in this life that makes less sense to me than paying somebody to have sex with you, it's paying somebody to not have sex with you. Unless they're twice your size, have brass knuckles and a raging case of herpes, I'll just try to avoid them and buy a nice sandwich instead.
 

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A1 said:
LCP said:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit
Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.
Okay, but why is that of all the far east Japan is the most that stands out. No North Korea is not bizarre, Kim Jong-il is.
 

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A1 said:
LCP said:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit
Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.
My mistake, i meant some...

Although certain sections on certain numbered websites, specially one being the 4th letter of the alphabet is troublesome
 

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Bare-chested fist fights on top of tall buildings? The Japanese must be really into that. Wasn't it also the end of that Freudian porn game, Metal Gear Solid 4?
 

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brazuca said:
Okay, but why is that of all the far east Japan is the most that stands out. No North Korea is not bizarre, Kim Jong-il is.
Because other eastern countries don't have as many cultural imports as Japan.

Know how not all Politicians are corrupt... in fact most of them aren't? And yet they have that reputation, why? Because the ones you DO hear about make the most noise.
 

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randommaster said:
Headbiter said:
It'd be "I study German," I believe. I don't recall Yahtzee ever saying anything about stydying anything from Germany, though.
Germanistik = "German" (implying literature and linguistics) or "German Studies" (implying history and cultural studies), depending on the focus of the academic department in question.

SFR said:
The little disclaimer was there not because Yatzee thought he'd offend someone without out it, but instead because it was funny. Stark contrast=humor.
Actually, I think only the second part is the joke. Stark contrasts often do prompt humor, but the disaster was so serious and the review is so mocking that it's in everyone's best interests to state the limits of the criticism clearly. I appreciated it, and I still thought the review was great fun.
 

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I've always found the best way to enjoy the plot of a Yakuza game is to have a friend with you and laugh together through all the cutscenes. It's absolutely mind-boggling how insane the stories can get without the writers ever seeming to notice.

Oh, and the whole "visual novel" thing makes much much more sense when you realize that they're supposed to be digital choose-your-own-adventure books rather than games. People who play them always insist to me that some of them have really good stories, but I remain skeptical.
 

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Misho- said:
I would like to get into the Yakuza franchise, but I'm hesitant to go pick every Yakuza game evar just to get who's who.
Actually, you don't have to pick up the previous games to get caught up. All of the games in this series aside from the first one have a special "reminisce" option that shows you special movie sequences that summarize the events of previous games if you wish it. And besides, three out of the four playable characters in this game are new characters that don't appear in any of the previous games.
 

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Extremely good review. I haven't played the yakuza-games but it seems that you've summarized them for me :p
 

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A1 said:
Misho- said:
I would like to get into the Yakuza franchise, but I'm hesitant to go pick every Yakuza game evar just to get who's who.
Actually, you don't have to pick up the previous games to get caught up. All of the games in this series aside from the first one have a special "reminisce" option that shows you special movie sequences that summarize the events of previous games if you wish it. And besides, three out of the four playable characters in this game are new characters that don't appear in any of the previous games.
That's coo.

My previous experience was seeing one the first games thru the window and the demo last year for Yakuza 3 (which was hilarious in its own way and made me love the series). But yeah, that sounds nice :)
 

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brazuca said:
A1 said:
LCP said:
Hehehe, but then again, Japanese ARE into some weird shit
Okay. There are at least two things about that statement that are problematic. First, it's too general. It insinuates that all Japanese people are "into some weird shit" or in other words they all have the same tastes. That's quite frankly getting borderline racist.

And second it's worth noting that there is probably a decent chance that many people in Japan think similar things about people who live in other countries, if you catch my drift.
Okay, but why is that of all the far east Japan is the most that stands out. No North Korea is not bizarre, Kim Jong-il is.
It does seem that Japan is a very distinctive nation in more ways than one doesn't it? And I certainly don't mean that in a bad way. But as for why this is, I can't say that I know. I'm not even sure if many people living in Japan know. Does anyone really know why you are the way you are? That does seem to be a very good question and it's unlikely to have an easy and/or simple answer.