Difficult Video Games Are Like a Certain Kind of Sex

It's possible that my first sexual relationship began just like yours. I met someone cute and we started talking on instant messenger, where we exchanged an embarrassing number of kissy face emoticons. We held hands at the high school football game, followed by a fumbling attempt at making out underneath the bleachers. » 2/04/13 8:00pm 2/04/13 8:00pm

What Does a Squad of Gun-Toting Fetish Nuns Have to Do With Hitman: Absolution?

Teasing tomorrow's release of the official Hitman: Absolution E3 trailer, Square Enix teases us with an image depicting eight ladies dress in vinyl nun costumes wielding a wide variety of powerful firearms. Could Hitman: Absolution feature the world's first nun-based online multiplayer? God I hope so. » 5/29/12 1:00pm 5/29/12 1:00pm

Your Web Window into Japan's Wild, Sexy, and Scary Side

Another night. Mahni Aino (above) fired up her computer and flipped on her camera. The sexy posing would come later, but now she was just talking about what food she liked cooking. Comments streamed across the screen, like "You're so cute" and, even, "Do you use a Dell PC?" Then, she started doing yoga on a sofa,… » 11/11/11 5:00pm 11/11/11 5:00pm

Why an 'Ugly' Pin-up is Legendary in Japan

Another weekend. Another photo session for 21-year-old Mai Fujiko, no stranger to string bikinis that are more string than bikini. She wasn't embarrassed in the least, proud of the figure DNA bestowed her. But photographers pressed close and snapped off pic after pic of her mug. She smiled. "I always feel like my… » 10/13/11 3:00pm 10/13/11 3:00pm

In Japan, Wrestling Masks Aren't Just for Half-Naked Dudes in Boots

It began, as so many things do, with sweaty men in tight underpants. And they wore masks. Let's not forget the masks. Lucha Libre masks. Those masks might have started in Mexican professional wrestling, but they live on in Japan, whether that be in fashion, manga, pornos and, yes, video games. » 9/29/11 1:00pm 9/29/11 1:00pm

What Is Japan's Fetish This Week? Foreign... Flair

Someone once told me, "Half-Japanese kids grow up to either be TV celebrities or porn stars." Flip on television, and there's half-British male model Joy selling Samurai Road 4 or singer Becky promoting her latest CD single. Turn on a dirty movie, and there's half-Brazilian actress and Yakuza star Rio getting naked. » 6/16/11 3:00pm 6/16/11 3:00pm