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Japan's Earthquake Hasn't Stopped These Two Games

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With all the games being delayed (or worse, canceled) and game developers not coming into their offices, it would be easy to assume the Japanese game industry is grinding to a halt.

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It's not. And today proves just that.

Whether it be PS3 game Motorstorm 3: Apocolypse or Nintendo 3DS title Steel Diver, this week a slew of games were delayed. One title, Disaster Report 4, was canned altogether for obvious reasons. What these games have in common is that they were all slated for release either this week or this spring.

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But Japan will rebuild. Wounds may never entirely heal, but the country and its people will rebound. And when they do, some of them will want to play video games.

Today, it was revealed that two of Japan's biggest franchises, Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest, are getting new games.

Monster Hunter spin-off Mon Hun Nikki: Poka-Poka Airu Mura G is being developed for the PSP. The game's teaser site popped up today, and while it doesn't provide a release date, it does let players know that the game is being worked on.

Another spin-off was revealed as well. Square Enix is making a 3D version of the popular Rocket Slime games for the Nintendo 3DS, dubbed Slime Mori-Mori Dragon Quest 3: Daikaizoku to Shippodan. The game is pirate-themed and will have Slimes hitting the seven seas. The game is penciled in for this winter.

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This winter, Japan will still be dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami — and the winter after that. But part of returning to "normal", whatever that may be, is stuff like this: video games being revealed, people getting excited, people buying them and then either loving them or hating them.

Sure, the timing could have been coincidental. These things are planned months in advance. And on a grand scale, this is utterly inconsequential — just some silly video game news. But right now, that could be exactly what Japan needs.

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I just want to make it known that people should try to see this not as some brazen attack on freedom of speech or a gross appropriation of censorship which is what some overreacting people are calling these events the past few days.

I mean, the situation obviously is not preferable. I think these media should not be censored and all that ideological jazz, but it's a sensitive time. Much like how many media were censured for the sake of sensitivity during 9/11, it makes sense here. Unfortunately, some games like Disaster Report 4 was canceled.

Some fans of the series seems to think Irem is out to attack the fans or punish people for some 'cowardly' attempt to cover the game developer's ass. But I can do nothing but sympathize with the heartache that goes with developing a game that strikes a nerve with the real life issue. If anything, I would give the benefit of the doubt in the part of the developers to do whatever it is necessary for THEIR sanity and morality first.

Even film directors of disaster movies in South Korea and China has come out saying they feel sick to their stomach upon the disaster. As for something like Tokyo Magnitud 8.0 anime which did a realistic depiction of a natural disaster, its rerun has been canceled in Japan as well. I would argue that is quite understandable. We have to sometimes realize that these creators are humans too.