On Social Site “IRORIO,” Avatars Advance By Posting Comments On News

Second News Inc. has opened the news site IRORIO, [J] where news readers can develop their own avatar by posting their opinions.

IRORIO is a news site which delivers tri-monthly news from in and out of Japan, of many genres, including politics, economy, society, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, etc.  Readers can enjoy a “training game” where they advance their own character by posting their personal opinions (comments) about pertinent news.  Characters start out as an ordinary entry level staffer in the company.  Each time a reader posts a comment on the news a pair of dice are rolled, and depending on the result a variety of life simulation events will hapen to the character, such as career advancement or marriage.  Events result in character parameter fluctuations, allow the acquisition of a great variety of items, and also a function for competing for ranking with other users.  Also, by raising character stats, it’s possible to switch to different jobs like teacher, police officer, chef, government official, entrepeneur, or comedian.

Japanese Virtual World Anime Film Aims At Oscar

Are you interested in the virtual world and Japanese anime film? Then, let’s check the “Summer Wars”. “Summer wars” is a Japanese anime film released in 2009 summer in Japan. The screening has just begun in U.S.A. on December 24.

Story

Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called the Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake…

via GKIDS.tv

See Also:

Summer Wars official North American website

Summer Wars official Japanese website [J]

A lot of elements are packed in this movie. 3D Virtual World(like Second Life), Japanese mobile internet, Avatar communication, Nintendo DS, Artificial intelligence, spoofing, Cyber-bullying, scenery of the Japanese country and big family.

This movie drew more than one million spectators in Japan, won a lot of awards. In addition, Summer Wars earns this year’s Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

If you have iPhone or Android mobile, check these game apps based on the movie.

http://swkoikoi.indexweb.co.jp/s-wars.ap/ [J]

You can play the Hanafuda card game, “Koi Koi”, which appeared in the movie.

What’s Hanafuda? See Wikipedia, it is a Japanese playing card and your knowing Nintendo had been a company to make/sell it before game console.

サマーウォーズ スタンダード・エディション [Blu-ray]
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Japanese April Fools’ Day Is 3D! 3D! 3D!

Blame Avatar’s hit on screen. Many of Japanese big portal showed great originality on April Fools’ Day. Half a day ahead to 3D services launch in USA.

The No.1 Yahoo! Japan announced their migration to 3D top page on Microsoft Silverlight technology.

No.4 portal (by visitors, according to the NetRatings 2007 research [J]) Nifty

No. 6 Goo‘s

and No.8 OCN.

Yahoo’s one is not a real 3D, but for other three, you only need one red-blue glass, which frame can be downloaded from any of those sites.

Bulletin Board colossus 2 channel also ran text 3D prank, half a day ahead to Google Docs 3D.

A Japanese TV Network Testing Social Casual Game Network

One of Japan’s major television network Fuji TV announced and called for beta testers for their new online community site “Kimi to Fuji TV” [J] (“Kimi Fuji” in short) on March 15th. “Kimi to” means “with You” in Japanese.

At beta, the site offers few social games which themed on their popular TV programs like “Nepu League” and “Idoling”.

On FAQ, it is explained that the virtual point “Gold” will be introduced at the official launch, which you can purchase for some paid games and virtual items.

There are not much games at now, and it is only for PC so it cannot be a serious contender of big 3 (Mixi, Gree and Mobage-Town). However, terrestrial TV networks still have huge influence and drawing-power in Japan, then this needs to be watched how much Fuji TV will give priority this web activitiy.

via Famitsu.com [J]

Mobile Giant Gree Remodelled Its Unpopular PC Site With Twitter Clone

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Following to one of the Big 3 social networking service Mixi’s clone Mixi Voice, which made Evan Williams “unpleasant”, another successful, probably now most vital among three, social networking Gree enters into microblog service (registration required for all Gree pages besides the top login page).

As once defeated a battle against Mixi on PC web, Gree shifted into mobile web with casual games and avatar, supported by the 2nd biggest cellphone carrier KDDI au. Currently Gree PC site only gets 1% of all users. Honestly speaking, no one are using the PC site.

current PC top page of Gree
current PC top page of Gree

That is why Gree CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka told “It is totally built from scratch. Please forget the current PC Gree site ever existed” with confidence at press conference [J].

The new top page, currently accessible in parallel with the old one, looks much simpler, reminding me both Twitter and Facebook.

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Tanaka said the PC Gree will be real-time social service around the Hitokoto (one-phrase) feature, which allows user to exchange what they are doing in 140 letters. It also supports emoji so you may use emoji both on mobile and PC sites. Twitter Japan recently launched Japanese mobile site with Emoji support, but Twitter PC site (which is the same as worldwide version) cannot show/input Emoji.

Besides the Twitter-like feature, Gree ported and porting their successful elements from its mobile version. “Avatars” are shared between the original mobile and PC sites.

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“News” and social comments are very similar Mixi provides. “Celebrities Blogs” seems to follow successful CyberAgent’s Ameblo blog.

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The current Beta only supports Firefox 3.5, Safari 4 and Google Chrome. On the official release in November, they will support Internet Explorer. They will also provide “Twitter Sync” feature. Casual games will be put to PC version, too.

A dedicated iPhone site is also planned in future, on which user can register to and play on Gree, which is a good news for iPhone users who cannot register any of big 3 social networking at this point.

See Also:

Gree report on French TV [Fr]