Mad in Japan: Crazy gaming from the Far East

Aug 28, 2007

Japan is one of the most inspirational creative places on Earth. Without Japan, we wouldn't have Star Wars (Lucas acknowledges The Hidden Fortress as a huge inspiration), or The Matrix (inspired by the Wachowski's fondness for anime).

What fascinates us most about Japan, however, is how its wonderful people can produce utterly bonkers creations. Tentacle-sex? Used pants in vending machines? Pokemon? Japan is a creative goldmine, but it's also a hotbed of bizarre brain-busting mental ideas.

And there are few cultural outlets that allow Japan's craziest elements to come into focus than the world of videogames. You should all know about the endless horse-racing games, the schoolgirl-wooing adventures and so on. But have you heard of all these mad masterpieces?