@bowlisimo Yeah, I suppose it’ll be a PS3 nab for LA Noire. One thing I’m glad for is an Australian developer seemingly breaking the boom-bust or cheap contractor mire that is game development down under. One day, we’ll be able to sustain our own powerhouses without being supported as an arm of a big North American publisher/developer.
And don’t feel you need to know something about Japanese mythology for Okami…seems like there’s this oft-romanticised exoticism about the folklore and fairytales of Japan that certain demographics of the West fawn over. Not to discount cultural currency, because every nation’s mythology is worth appreciating and can be rather telling about regional character, but you know what I mean. Personally, I found the Shinto mythology in Okami secondary to the loveletter to the imported Sumi-e art style – possibly the first form of expressionism and for an art style that emphasises transferring energy via impressionistic strokes, injecting life into polygons seems like the perfect fit.
Have never been called for jury duty. I get romantic images of Twelve Angry Men. Doesn’t sound like you got lucky in terms of a media blitzed case. Next time, perhaps?
On the topic of Japan…we’re a month away from Shogun 2: Total War. I haven’t touch the TW series since the original Shogun, and personally, I can’t wait! Few cultures can match the visual pageantry and pomp of Japanese warfare, circa 1300 – 1600AD – although that classic inflexibility certainly left tactical and strategic overhauls to outside influences. Let’s hope the AI problems that have allegedly plagued the prior titles have been fixed.
As an aside, I live in the prefecture where the Portuguese washed up with their arquebuses and Christianity, changing warfare here forever. The Shimazu clan had been the ruling group since the 1100s and getting a few foreign boomsticks to reproduce in the mid 1500s made them an even greater force to be reckoned with, considering their numbers against incursions from Honshu always had them in an asymmetical position.
Thus, really looking forward to playing as the Shimazu clan! And it looks gorgeous as hell.