火曜日, 4月 12, 2005

There is now a video game about everything

    D3 recently came out with a lot of new Simple 2100 Series games for the PlayStation 2. There are now seventy-some different titles, and they seem to cover every major or minor facet of life, real or imagined, from learning to speak Korean to encountering a gigantic beautiful woman to performing surgery. It surprised me to see how they are mining specific careers for ideas for games, like The Surgeon and The Forensic Investigator. The one I bought the other day, though, was The Kanji Quiz Challenge - Kanji Kentei, and it's the best thing ever! Recommended to all you kanken-crazy folks out there. You can take real tests from level 10 all the way to level 2, and if you take them more than once, the questions will change, keeping the challenge fresh. Of course, the questions are all multiple choice, making them that much easier than the actual tests. The study value lies mostly in perfecting your kanji-reading skills, though some of the stroke order and radical questions can be challenging. This is the game most likely to have you writing kanji in the air with your finger while you play. Yes, it's lots of fun with 5 mini-games you can play on one-player or two-player mode, including a decent 四字熟語 game (the best of the mini-games, I think).

Some other amusing titles - check out the first two especially-

The Let's Speak English Journey
The Let's Speak Korean Journey
The Romance with a Prince "Riburu's Egg" - For Girls
The Fantasy Romance Adventure - Her Legend, My Stone, Version
The Catfight
There's also one called "The Defender of the Weak" - or The 任侠、which Reading Tutor translates as "a man of chivalrous spirit". And the meaning of that is...what, exactly? The people on the cover all look pretty worried.

Good stuff. I wonder when I'll be able to learn to manicure my nails or fix my washing machine by playing PlayStation. Games are getting so practical. I love how the covers of the English conversation and Korean conversation games look practically the same except for the girl's huge hair clips.


  • At 10:45 午前, Blogger Nudeviking said…

    Educational games have come a long way since Donkey Kong Math hit the Nintendo in the mid-80s.
    Also is it just me or does the guy on the front of the Korean game's box kind of look like a young version of Japan's prime minister?

  • At 3:15 午後, Blogger butterflyblue said…

    He does! LOL!



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