This morning, Osaka was rocked by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake. There have been at least three casualties, including a 9-year-old girl who was killed while walking to school, and according to The Guardian, hundreds of people were injured in the quake.
Yesterday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake off Honshu island, Japan, sent waves as far as Tokyo, where it rocked a humble Twitch streamer playing Pokémon.
A famous Japanese food manga takes on the "truth about Fukushima."
Today is the third anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. At the moment the earthquake hit, at 2:46pm, Japanese television networks paused to remember the deceased. That is, all except one, which showed Alien: Resurrection, instead.
March 11, 2011 was truly a tragic day in Japan. Lives were changed and lives were ended. Yet, three years later, two parents who lost a daughter have just received a letter she mailed a decade ago.
Last week, shortly after an earthquake rocked Japan, a tweet tore up Twitter and pissed the country off.
On March 11, 2011, everything changed. Japan was hit hard with a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Lives were destroyed. Lives were lost. The country is still rebuilding, and the aftershocks are still being felt by those impacted most.
March 11th this year will mark the one-year anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Since that time, a great deal of time effort and money has been offered for the rebuilding of the North-Eastern area of Japan from all parts of the world. Including the gaming world.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed the town of Ishinomaki. Nearly a year has passed. Kids might be back at school, reconstruction might be underway, but things will never be the same—not with all those the town lost.
This afternoon, just as the Tokyo Game Show was grinding to a halt for the day, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan. There were no immediate injuries according to early reports.
Earthquakes are great and terrible forces, destroying homes, claiming lives, and reminding humanity as a whole that this planet we crawl across isn't as solid as it seems. The east coast of the U.S. found that out today. For the rest of us, there are video games.
An Earthquake hit Virginia today, and we felt tremors all up and down the east coast. Instead of seeking shelter or whatever you do when an earthquake hits, the games industry took to twitter to make jokes. Seems reasonable to us.
March 11's earthquake has impacted car companies and electronics makers. That's expected. But it's also had an unforeseen effect on Pocket Monsters, namely Pokémon branded noodles.
In the years that Kotaku's been on the internet, the site's done a wide array of things. One thing it's never done is save an entire Japanese fishing village.
Could a video game mean the difference between life and death the next time the planet decides to violently erupt near a heavily populated area? That's the question Geeks Without Bounds plans to answer with GameSave, a five week long hack-a-thon event aimed at creating the ultimate disaster relief video game.
When the Great East Japan Earthquake rocked the country on March 11, Japanese games with sensitive imagery were delayed. PS3 title Disaster Report 4, set during a natural disaster, was canceled. The game's publisher even canned all Disaster Report titles. Not every Japanese game company is taking such drastic steps.
Backed by a Department of Homeland Security grant, The Day The Earth Shook is meant to be a video game that teaches children about surviving an earthquake, but it's more likely to educate them about the dangers of bad game design.
Zombie parody game Yakuza: of the End was slated for release on March 17. Then, the unthinkable happened; on March 11, an earthquake and an ensuing tsunami laid waste to Japan's northeast. The game, which depicted a city in ruins (pictured), was one of many delayed out of respect to the victims.