Content of the material
- Part I – Downloading and Installing BlueStacks
- 6. Beigoma (Spinning top game)
- how to make japanese games to work in windows 7
- 5. My Japanese Coach
- Final Fantasy 15
- The Game
- The Good Stuff
- 7 Cool Video Games to Level Up Your Japanese Learning
- 4. Very hard mode: Final Fantasy
- 2. Normal mode: Ni no Kuni
- 8. Karuta (playing card games)
- How Games Can Help You Learn Japanese
- Board games
- 9. Renju
- 10. Sugoroku
- Part V: Uninstalling Games
Part I – Downloading and Installing BlueStacks
Meet Sam and John Explore a near-future society where humanity is at a low point yet its inhabitants are filled with hope. The game plays like a cross between early top-down Zelda games while taking a lot of influence from Earthbound’s storytelling. In fact, there is even a full game within a game mimicking its exact turn-based combat.
Step 1: Download BlueStacks (a free Android-based emulator) from the official webpage.
Step 2: Go to your download folder and double click on the file “BlueStacks-Installer_native.exe.”
Step 3: Click “Continue.”
Step 4: Click “Next.”
Step 5: Click “Install.”
Step 6: Wait as BlueStacks boots up for the first time. (This may take several minutes.)
Note: The first time I installed BlueStacks, it never moved past the initializing screen above—even after rebooting my computer. To fix this, I had to uninstall it, reboot, and install it again with no other programs running.
If all is installed correctly, BlueStacks should now look something like this.
6. Beigoma (Spinning top game)
Beigoma is a traditional spinning top game which peaked in popularity in the 20th century during the Showa period. The beigoma is made from metal, usually with a beautifully carved out kanji character written on its top side. Its bottom side comes to a point and you wrap it in cord and pull the cord quickly to give it a spin. The game can be played on any flat surface like the top of a covered barrel. Everyone throws their beigomas at the same time onto the barrel cover. The aim of the game is to knock your opponent’s beigoma out of the ring or just make sure yours is the one that spins the longest.
how to make japanese games to work in windows 7
· If the game is not compatible with Windows 7, the game should be compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista, you may try installing the game in Vista/XP compatibility mode and check if that fixes the issue. To install the program in Windows XP/Vista compatibility mode, 1. Right click the installation file and select Properties. 2.
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5. My Japanese Coach
If you have a Nintendo DS, you need this program on it to learn Japanese with a cool game. While a Nintendo DS seems like some old technology you need to dust off, it’s just as useful as a smartphone today. Besides, learning Japanese with games never goes out of style.
You will encounter new words with each new play, and you will be encouraged to memorize the correct stroke order of both hiragana and katakana. To be fair, the reviews were quite mixed when this app first came out, with some people making the claim that the explanations contained during the game were too confusing for beginners to understand. However, others have found it to be incredibly fun and educational.
Final Fantasy 15
Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Version: Any (English version has full Japanese option)
Level: Upper Intermediate-Advanced
Subtitles: English and Japanese
(Includes pausable cutscenes.)
Look, you already know about Final Fantasy 15. Somewhere along its god-forsaken, 10-year development cycle, it crossed your radar before disillusioning your naive outlook on life with constant, indefinite delays. While I am very, very hesitant to say that this game was worth the wait, because 10 years is entirely too long to wait for anything besides a new “Space Jam” movie, it’s without a doubt one of my favorite action RPGs of all time (that’s just, like, my opinion, man—calm down).
The story is well executed and paced, the combat is satisfying and flashy, and the main characters are memorable and likable. If you don’t want to venture back in pixelated time for your video game study, if only to geek out with your gamer peeps in the current moment, then this is one game you’re going to want to pick up—assuming you haven’t already.
The Good Stuff
As a Japanese learner, you may have entertained thoughts of playing FFXV in Japanese. Then you thought, “Nah, it’ll be too hard. I wanna enjoy the story to its fullest, so I’ll just play it in English first and then blah blah blah I’m actually scared of not understanding everything.”
Don’t be scared of this game. Upper-intermediate is definitely the category for this entry in the series—and I’ll tell you why: The designers have incorporated an excellent quest tool that tells you exactly where to go and what to do. Plus, you don’t even have to find the best route yourself—the game will literally drive you to wherever you need to be if you so desire.
Now, the meat of this game is open-world, so you can drive, ride a chocobo, fly or even walk to wherever you so please. But during any of the transportation methods and throughout any of your activities, your team of four bros will entertain you with situationally-appropriate banter and consistently sharp humor.
Noctis, Gladio, Ignis and Prompt (that ending “o” is stupid in English, so I’m changing it) each have distinct personalities evinced through their actions and language, making this the ideal opportunity for you to decipher their idiosyncrasies and infuse your Japanese with the one you like the best.
Want to sound a bit formal but always put together? Ignis is your guy. How about talking like a casual 20-something with an indignant flare? Noctis has got you. Or perhaps light-hearted and quick-witted Prompt is more your style? Which is not even to mention the several other characters who cross your path through different missions and quests.
Mix and match until you sound like you’ve always wanted to in Japanese. All of the dialogue is subtitled, too, from back-and-forth banter deep in an ice cave to breath-taking summon scenes, so you can pause and check out words you don’t know as they’re being read to you.
Now, you may be thinking that this game may not be much fun for girls looking to study, because it’s just a bunch of dudes talking to each other all the time. That’s not exactly the case. Yes, the dialogue leans heavily toward typically-male Japanese, but there are at least three female characters who have plenty of talk time from which you can cull your own style.
And hey, if you want to bend those rules by speaking like Gladio and looking like Iris, I’m completely on your side. Your language, your choice.
7 Cool Video Games to Level Up Your Japanese Learning
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4. Very hard mode: Final Fantasy
Starting out as a simple, roaming, team-based RPG back in 1987 on Nintendo’s Famicom (NES) system, Final Fantasy has grown to become one of the video game world’s most beloved franchises, spawning dozens of sequels and spin-off titles.
The characters are endearing, their interactions heartfelt and their story, at times, genuinely moving. These games are, of course, all about the story, and as such, things can get very elaborate — at times hard to follow — even if you have a high level of Japanese comprehension.
If you’re struggling, it might be a good idea to find a “walkthrough” guide online in your native language and use that to help you when you’re having trouble with the dialogue. Of course, you can just buy the English language American or European version of the game, but like all great works of art, Final Fantasy is best appreciated in its original form, as its creator intended.
- Formats: PlayStation 1, 2, 3 and 4, Nintendo Wii, Super Famicom, Famicom, and numerous others.
- Latest entry: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT for PlayStation 4
- Japanese Level: N3-N2
2. Normal mode: Ni no Kuni
Ni no Kuni, known as Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in North America and Europe, combines two commonly loved themes among Japanophiles: Japanese role-playing games (RPG) and Studio Ghibli animation.
As a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and game design company Level-5, the first thing you’ll notice about these titles, unsurprisingly, is the absolutely gorgeous animation. Even on the more graphically restrictive PlayStation3 console, Ni no Kuni feels less like a game and more like an interactive anime movie.
Beneath the kawaii (cute) aesthetic, though, lies a pretty challenging game, spanning around 100 hours of content.
In terms of learning Japanese, Ni no Kuni definitely kicks things up a level from Pokémon — at least to where you’re comfortable listening and responding to everyday conversation on simple topics. Probably around JLPT N4 level.
However, for those who struggle to follow Japanese conversations, the game’s cutesy design actually lends you a helping hand here. In keeping with anime conventions, the characters speak in a somewhat exaggerated tone, with important words heavily accented. This makes it easier for us learners to pick out the essentials from a sentence and piece together the overall meaning.
… the characters speak in a somewhat exaggerated tone, with important words heavily accented.
- Formats: PlayStation 3 &4, Nintendo 3DS
- Latest entry: Ni No Kuni 2 for PlayStation 4
- Japanese level: N4
8. Karuta (playing card games)
Great for learning Japanese language and common sayings, this game of speed comes in two forms.
The simpler version, iroha-garuta, is great for kids and comes with two sets of cards. One set contains a simple Japanese proverb. The other set contains one hiragana character and a corresponding picture. This second set is laid out in front of all the players. One player will read out the Japanese proverb from the first set while the other players must find the matching picture card. The winner is the first person to find the matching card.
For example, the reading card could say “inu mo arukeba bou ni ataru (a dog on a walk may find a stick). The correct matching picture card is the one with the hiragana i (い） and a picture of a dog.
The more grown-up version of this game is called uta-garuta. Here, the two sets of cards contain famous poems rather than proverbs. The first set of cards will contain the first three lines of a poem (in a traditional 5-line poem), and the second set will contain the last two lines. The second set of cards are laid out in front of the players. One player will read out the beginning of the poem and the rest of the players must complete the poem as fast as they can to beat everyone else.
While karuta waned in popularity in recent times, various clubs around Japan are working to give this game a comeback. Competitions are held nationwide for all age groups.
How Games Can Help You Learn Japanese
When you were a child, your parents might have told you to stop playing games and just get your homework done. Don’t tell them now, but this is actually bad advice. Depending on the activity, games are actually a great way to learn. And there are a few benefits specifically true for learning Japanese with games.
- Access your lessons anywhere: If these games are apps, they’re portable. You can practice Japanese from anywhere in the world. That’s why these apps for language learning are so useful and convenient.
- Enhance your vocabulary: These games show you real Japanese words and phrases, which are great to add to your vocabulary.
- Listen to Japanese: The more you play, the more you hear Japanese words spoken by Japanese people. That’s the best way to get comfortable with the sounds of the language.
- Have fun: Of course, language learning should always be about having fun. Many students forget that. If you enjoy yourself, you associate the language with the activity.
- Game description (goal and rules): Renju is a game played with black and white stones on a gridded go board. Players can win the game by placing five black stones in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, or getting five or more white stones in a row.
- Recommended age: Renju is particularly popular with adults in Japan, some of whom even participate in official tournaments.
- Recommended number of players: Two players are needed for Renju.
- Average game duration: A game of Renju can last anywhere from a few minutes to many hours.
- Grammar you can practice while playing: Try to practice giving directions and using the Imperative in order to improve your grammar skills while playing (e.g. “Go left”, “Go lower”, “Go higher”).
- Vocabulary you can practice while playing: Some words you will hear during Renju are:
- Game description (goal and rules): Sugoroku is a Japanese board game. There are two versions of it, one played like Backgammon and the other played like Snakes & Ladders.
- Recommended age: Anyone over the age of 7 can play this game.
- Recommended number of players: Two players are needed to play Sugoroku.
- Average game duration: The average game lasts between 30 minutes and two hours.
- Grammar you can practice while playing: To work on your grammar, comment on your dice rolls by explaining if they were lucky or unlucky!
- Vocabulary you can practice while playing: Practice your numbers counting the dice:
Part V: Uninstalling Games
Step 1: Click on the QooApp icon.
Step 2: Click on “Profile” at the top left.
Step 3: Click “My Games.”
Step 4: Click the game you want to uninstall.
Step 5: Click the three vertical dots in the top right.
Step 6: Click “Uninstall.”
Step 7: Click “OK.”The game is now uninstalled.
There you have it. If all has gone well, you are now playing mobile games on your PC.
Occasionally, BlueStacks will ask you to upgrade to a premium version or download some games. So pick your poison.
Other than that, however, you’re good to go. Have fun!
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