Yakuza 3? The popular japanese videogame about japanese gangsters?
Well, apparently Boing Boing sent someone to ask three actual japanese Yakuza to evaluate it.
Major themes were analyzed: “Environment”, “Depiction of the Yakuza”, “Fashion”, “Fight scenes” and “story”, and the game, despite the title of this post, got high marks overall”
“M: Kiryu is the way yakuza used to be. We kept the streets clean. People liked us. We didn’t bother ordinary citizens. We respected our bosses. Now, guys like that only exist in video games.”
“Overall, the game is favorably received by the three yakuza playing it. While it vilifies organized crime in many parts, in the end it glorifies the yakuza and gives the protagonist just cause — it was good PR for their profession.”
Kottke draws a parallel with the Chicago gang members reviewing “the Wire”.
I, for one, remember when Saviano, the writer of Gomorra, reviewed “the Sopranos”. Which is not the same thing, but still.
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