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Real Gamers in Japan - Part 10

Posted 12-29-2008 at 11:32 PM by Chris_D
This series aims to provide a tiny bit of insight into the mind and habits of Japanese gamers. Although I'm sure most will be pretty dry, I hope to occasionally surprise some of you .

In part ten I'm talking with Yoshiko, a kindergarten teacher in her late 40s. She has 3 kids, 2 daughters (early twenties and mid teens) and a son (early teens).

Me: So you don't play games?
Yoshiko: No way. I'm too busy with my job and I'm a home maker too! But I did buy a Wii for my kids.
Me: Oh cool. So you must play with them sometimes right?
Yoshiko: I do, but I get tired of losing all the time!
Me: Don't worry about that! So what games do you play together?
Yoshiko: Wii Sports and the driving game with Mario in it.
Me: So do you worry about your kids getting addicted?
Yoshiko: Well my daughters are more into shopping with me than games so they don't play so much. But my son is really addicted to this monster hunting game.
Me: Oh Monster Hunter right? So he has a PSP?
Yoshiko: Yeah and a DS too.
Me: Wow, lucky kid.
Yoshiko: Actually his uncle is really generous and gives him presents all the time. Also, his uncle and cousin are obsessed with video games and his cousin always comes round to try and make him play.
Me: Heh, sounds tough.
Yoshiko: Yeah, they live just next door so it can be a bit of a pain!

My Thoughts
It seems pretty common in Japan for relatives to live very close to each other. In fact I've come across this kind of situation, with brothers or sisters and their families living next door to each other, quite a few times. It sounds like Yoshiko will have a tough time keeping her son focused on his schoolwork! I asked her how her son's English studies were going and she sighed .

Note: Although written in an interview style, the above is actually an extract of a conversation I had, either translated from Japanese, or modified from the original English to read more naturally. Names are changed to protect the identity of those concerned .
Total Comments 3


Xerxes's Avatar
Gah! Next door to family would be tough for me. I like my brother and parents but that's about it.
Posted 01-02-2009 at 10:23 AM by Xerxes Xerxes is offline
Chris_D's Avatar
I mostly agree, but I never used to get cool shit from my auntie and uncle. Maybe I would have liked them more if they gave me a NES or something .
Posted 01-05-2009 at 06:04 AM by Chris_D Chris_D is offline
Xerxes's Avatar
True, but most likely I would have had cousins coming over to play with my stuff. And stuff would come up missing. Gah, I would have had to beat them up more than I already did if they were too close.
Posted 01-05-2009 at 03:29 PM by Xerxes Xerxes is offline

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