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Yakuza 5 Is Like Inception. A Video Game within a...Video Game.

Illustration for article titled emYakuza 5/em Is Like emInception/em. A Video Game within a...Video Game.
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It's not uncommon for video game companies to reference their own games in...their own games. But Yakuza 5, never one to turn down a tie-in, has something else: Yakuza 5 features another company's game.

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Namco's Taiko no Tatsujin appears in Sega's upcoming gangster opus. When you visit an arcade in Yakuza 5, you can play the Namco rhythm game.

Sure, Japanese game companies often loan characters to other franchises—whether that's Monster Hunter appearing in Metal Gear Solid or Sonic and Mario doing video games together.

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However, this is one developer's game appearing in another developer's game. I'm sure there are previous examples of this—or examples in other examples. Or something.

Illustration for article titled emYakuza 5/em Is Like emInception/em. A Video Game within a...Video Game.

『龍が如く5』と『太鼓の達人』がコラボ ― 神室町でプレイ可能 [インサイド]


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DISCUSSION

Inception? Is the game about a group of very creative and talented artists who limit themselves into making dreary facsimiles of real life despite the power and technology available to them because people with money are paying them to do that and they are slaves to capitalism?

Inception is a metaphor for a cultural dystopia where movies (and TV and games) all are made to be 'realistic' due to audience demand and even the slightest hint of the fantastic is regarded as a flaw that should be removed.