Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it looks like India is going to add Japanese train tech to their cart even though the pirated Chinese knock-offs oooops we mean "models" are cheaper, and here at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has introduced a new company, Shinra Technologies, which they hope will kill all gaming hardware...kinda!
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Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat Technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.
:: JTFF – September 19, 2014 ::
• India Seems to Prefer the Real Thing: Japanese Bullet Trains
In a controversial June edition of the JTFF (well, controversial between the author and a Pakistani reader, whose argument, by the way, was decimated by the author’s jihad of logic), we pointed out that while China securing Pakistani high-speed rail contracts looked probable and was seen by some as a win over Japan, Japan actually hadn’t even bothered bidding - probably because Pakistan is like, you know, Pakistan. Think about it: how would you convince a cadre of the world’s foremost rail engineers to leave the comfort of a fantastically civil society and move a country that’s...well, Pakistan? Actually, we’ll just quote us:
“...it’s probably impossible to round up enough Japan Railways infidels ooops we mean engineers willing to leave Japan and go work in a country where secularism and tolerance are more sin than virtue. If that comes off as offensive or insulting, you read it correctly. Now, that’s not to say that Chinese engineers wouldn’t also be leery of such things, but it’s a numbers game: China has a pool ten times the size of Japan’s from which to force ooops we mean recruit engineers.”
Now, across the border to India, however, Japan’s ready to sign up, and Indian officials, citing Japan’s superior tech and safety record, are leaning away from the Chinese offers. Yes, China's managed to build a huge high-speed rail network in just a handful of years, but the safety and quality thereof has proven markedly less impressive than the speed of construction. So there's that. For Japan’s part, their interest in the Indian market and not the Pakistani could be chalked up to a numbers game: India is larger, has more people to move, their GDP is nine times that of Pakistan, and therefore, in the long run, India will prove a better customer. In truth, Japan could actually do both, but they don't even bother, and here's why not: Pakistan = Scary. India = Not Scary (except for the part that’s near Pakistan). The moral of the story is: Pakistan, get your shit together, and then you can have sexy Japanese tech, too!
[INDIA PREFERS MADE IN JAPAN - BUSINESS STANDARD]
Japanese Train News & Tech
• Square Enix Trotted out Shinra Technologies Cloud Gaming Service at #TGS
Okay, we should admit upfront that, when it comes to gaming, the JTFF is just like, not really geeky in that way. Not so well-versed. Uhhh…but Halo is badass, right? That being that, it doesn’t really take an executive-level gaming dork to appreciate what Square Enix is aiming at here: when it comes to big-time, or what’s known as ‘AAA’ game development, the gaming industry relies on large-scale investment from Microsoft and Sony and others who generate most of their revenue through the actual physical trappings of the gaming industry - you know, like Xboxes and PlayStations and Alienwares. A dedicated cloud company like Shinra Technologies, however, could develop into a service that obviates the contemporary console-based paradigm, and they believe that is in fact the next evolution of the gaming industry. If the only equipment needed for gamers to access AAA content is a decent internet connection, if all the heavy processor lifting was being done in the cloud, well, in theory, all those boxes and stations and fire-breathing rigs become relics and lose their gatekeeper status. Like...CD cases and bookshelves with actual books on them. Kinda. Okay, not really - but the point is this: Shinra probably believes that the content is more important than the vector. Which is exactly why nobody buys CDs or MP3 players anymore, knowhattamean?
[SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES SHINRA TECHNOLOGIES - POLYGON]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.