New gaming chair aims to be the ultimate in comfort for Japanese players

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RocketNews 24 (by Cara Clegg):

Japanese company Bauhutte has recently launched a new range of gaming chairs specifically aimed at gamers who are typically in front of their computers for long periods of time. Available in three colors and designed in the image of a car seat or cockpit to bring more realism to your gaming experience, the stable frame will support your posture for long hours at your terminal or in front of your giant TV.

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It features reclining and rocking functions and easy and convenient adjustment of angle and height. With the simple pull of lever you can set it to your desired angle or even recline it all the way back for a comfortable sleeping position that reportedly feels just like being in a hammock, perfect for taking breaks between games.

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Simple but impactful color coordination and solid and unique stitch lines aim to evoke a “near-future” design.

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Made with 100 percent polyester fabric, the seat offers comfortable support for your shoulders and back, and arm rests can be easily moved to facilitate gaming with either a keyboard and mouse or controller.

The chair went on sale in Japan this month for 34,000 yen (US$308) plus tax.

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Source & images: Bauhutte

New book reworks classic paintings in modern Japanese illustration styles

Ever wondered what Munch’s The Scream or Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring might look like if done in modern day Japan? If so, then this book is for you!

Eshi de Irodoru Sekai no Meiga by publisher Side Ranch is a new coffee table book that fuses the artistic sensibilities of centuries-old painters with those of modern illustrators from the manga, anime, and video game worlds of Japan.

In total, 43 masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh have been re-imagined by 43 different Japanese commercial artists, including smartphone game illustrator Kina Haruka and character designer for Medabots (Medarot in Japan) Rin Horuma. Classic Japanese artists like Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Tawaraya Sotatsu are also given an updated look in this book.

Each full page illustration is accompanied by a look at the original work and a commentary by the illustrator.

Eshi de Irodoru Sekai no Meiga will hit bookstores in Japan on 26 May for 2,200 yen (US$20). The first customers to buy over-the-counter may also receive a postcard depicting an interpretation of Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid.

It’s always fun to see pop culture and high culture collide in colorful ways like this book. So why not pick up a copy and brush up on both art history and current illustrators in Japan. We’ll leave you with a partial list of some of the works covered.

■ Girl with a Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665
■ The Gleaners – Jean-Francois Millet, 1857
■ Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
■ The Scream – Edvard Munch, 1893
■ Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – Pablo Picasso, 1907
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The Snake Charmer – Henri Rousseau, 1907
■ The Milkmaid – Johannes Vermeer, c. 1657
■ The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli, c. 1485
■ Primavera – Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482
■ Ophelia – John Everett Millais, 1852
■ Tahitian Women on the Beach – Paul Gauguin, 1891
■ The Night Watch – Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642
■ Fujin Raijin-zu – Tawaraya Sōtatsu, c. 1650
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Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre – Utagawa Kuniyoshi, c. 1844
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The Kiss – Gustav Klimt, 1908
■ Le Divan Japonais – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892
■ Woman with a Parasol: Madame Monet and Her Son – Claude Monet, 1875

Source: Dream News

Relive your childhood on your Mac with this Nintendo 64 & PlayStation emulator

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The games of yesteryear are now within your reach with all-in-one game emulator OpenEmu‘s latest update, which adds popular titles from PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sega, Atari and the like onto your Mac.

Free to download, OpenEmu features real time gameplay rewind, enhanced screenshot organization, improved home brew support and various interface upgrades, making the perfect game emulator to play to your heart’s content.

The below 16 consoles are now supported with this update:

Atari 5200 (Atari800)
Atari 7800 (ProSystem)
Atari Lynx (Mednafen)
ColecoVision (CrabEmu)
Famicom Disk System (Nestopia)
Intellivision (Bliss)
Nintendo 64 (Mupen64Plus)
Odyssey²/Videopac+ (O2EM)
PC-FX (Mednafen)
SG-1000 (CrabEmu)
Sega CD (GenesisPlus)
Sony PSP (PPSSPP)
Sony PlayStation (Mednafen)
TurboGrafx-CD/PCE-CD (Mednafen)
Vectrex (VecXGL)
WonderSwan (Mednafen)

German toy-maker Steiff is launching a $340 limited edition stuffed Pikachu doll

German premium toy-makers Steiff are launching a limited edition stuffed Pikachu doll that measures at 11 inches tall and is made with the finest natural mohair for an added luxe touch.

The adorably plush Pokémon will be priced at $340 USD with a limited Japan-only release of only 1000 units.

Preorders are available via GoodSmile right now, with a February shipping date.

Sony showcases its PlayStation VR headset at Paris Games Week

As a part of Paris Games Week, Sony offered up perhaps the best look yet at its upcoming VR headset, the aptly and simply named PlayStation VR. Though there were few specifics with regards to the device itself, Sony did tease the headset with a flashy new video and offered up a bevy of trailers for new games that will support the device.

Popular horror game Until Dawn will see the addition of a VR-enabled add-on dubbed Rush of Blood while Crysis developer Crytek dropped a new trailer for a dino-centric game called Robinson: The Journey. As previously mentioned, the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport will also support the device.

PlayStation VR is currently slated for a spring or summer release next year.

Street Fighter V dropping February 16, and Dhalsim makes a return…

Fans of the Street Fighter franchise can look forward to the latest entry releasing on February 16 of next year, in North America and Europe. Six new characters will be coming to Street Fighter V within the first year of availability. In addition, Dhalsim will be making a return, joining 15 other playable fighters.

The game’s new characters will be accessible upon racking up in-game “fight money” currency. In short, you must beat select fighters to in turn play with the new additions. By the beginning of 2017, 22 total characters will be at your disposal. “Fight money” can be earned in both single and multiplayer modes.

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20 of the best outfits seen at this year’s New York Comic Con

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RocketNews 24 (by Phillip Kendall):

Check out these 20 cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2015:

1. Hulkbuster!

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2. Goku and Master Roshi

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3. Kapow-i GoGo

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4. The Witcher’s Geralt and Ciri

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5. Conan!

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6. Ginyu Force girl

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7. Headhunter Caitlyn and Sejuani

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8. I-No from Guilty Gear

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9. Mortal Kombat’s Jade

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10. Black Cat

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11. Ratchet and Clank!

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12. Super Mario

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13. Borderlands’ Mad Moxxi

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14. Spider-Man?

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15. Boba Fett

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16. The hero of Hyrule!

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17. Edward Scissorhands

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18. ???

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19. Marty McFly

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20. Darth M!

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Japanese gamer refuses to let game save die, leaves his Super NES on for almost two decades

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RocketNews 24 (by Preston Phro):

Umihara Kawase was released for the Super Famicom (Super NES in the west) in December, 1994, just over two decades ago. It was a popular game that has spawned a number of sequels for a variety of platforms and has won its fair share of fans, including many who loved the original cartridge game. Unfortunately, some cartridge games from the 90s featured a fatal flaw in their storage: the batteries keeping players’ saves alive eventually dies.

While most gamers finally give up and waved goodbye to their progress, lost to the ravages of time, one hardcore fan has refused to lose his save and has simply left his console plugged in and switched on for the last 20 years!

“Incidentally, I’m pretty sure my first generation Umihara Kawase, which has been on in the SNES for over 20 years, has been in operation for over 180,000 hours. If the power is tuned off, I’ll lose all my replay data. Probably.”

Though it may be hard to believe now, with all our wonderful memory options for everything from computers to phones to handheld devices, back in the day, some game cartridges featured SRAM (Static RAM) coupled with lithium-ion batteries. As long as your battery stayed charged, the SRAM would hold your save data. Unfortunately, as soon as your battery ran out, your data would disappear as well. Of course, not all games used SRAM, but Umihara Kawase did, which means that if the battery in the cartridge were to die, @UMIHARAKawase would lose his replay data.

You, like many gamers from back in the day, are probably thinking it’s just not worth it, but this Twitter user obviously disagrees. However, it seems that he did unplug his system once—while moving house. Fortunately, he was able to get it set up before the battery died, so it’s not strictly true that the SNES has been on for 20 years, but we’re not sure we’d call that much of a break either.

We can’t help imagining blackouts being far more terrifying for the Twitter user than for most people. In fact, it appears the gamer got a number of questions about it, though he says there’s not been any outages at his home, as far as he can remember.

If you happen to have an old SNES game with SRAM and you’re worried about your battery dying, it is actually possible to replace it with a bit work. In fact, it seems that it’s possible to “hot-swap” the batteries, which might actually help @UMIHARAKawase, though we wouldn’t blame him if he’d rather not risk it. After twenty years, losing it all now would be downright devastating!

Check out PlayStation Japan’s new ad for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

Japanese ads frequently miss the mark, often being overly bizarre or simply cringe-inducing, but sometimes the marketing gurus hit the back of the net, as with this latest TV spot from PlayStation Japan.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (known in Japan as Winning Eleven) was released to most of the world in mid-September, but only came to Japan on October 1, which means that the marketing campaign is still in full swing over here.