The new content, located at Rising Star’s website ( www.risingstargames.com/blog), now includes an invigorated editorial section featuring all the best Japanese cultural and gaming news, alongside an exclusive twice-weekly blog from former Edge Deputy Editor David McCarthy.
McCarthy– who, alongside numerous TV and radio appearances, boasts two videogaming books to his name– recently moved to Japan, and he’ll be bringing his trademark wit and perspicacity to the Hoshi site, with commentary and insight on games and gaming culture live from Japan.
Rising Star Games’ Hoshi Club is a bold move for the innovative publisher, as it aims to establish an online community, fusing fans of games with fans of Japanese culture. The site will aggregate the top Japanese gaming and cultural stories in one place, and provide forums for readers to interact.
Respected websites Andy In Tokyo ( www.andyintokyo.com) and Ken Lee Writes ( www.kenleewrites.com) have also joined the Hoshi blog, with content from both made available with their kind permission. Both are hugely respected independent blogs about life in Japan, and, as such, fit the Rising Star Hoshi ethos perfectly.
“We’re thrilled to welcome David into our online home of Japanese games,” says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games.“Our philosophy with Hoshi is to present the best of Japan from a European perspective– what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s happening. There’s no-one better placed than David McCarthy– one of the most respected voices in gaming– and we think he’ll prove to be an incredibly popular draw to what we hope will be a compelling and entertaining part of the Rising Star website.
“In addition, we’re absolutely delighted to have reached an agreement with Andy in Tokyo and Ken Lee Writes– two of the best independent blogs about life in Japan. By showcasing a real mix of editorial about life in the land of the rising sun, the Hoshi blog hopes to inform and entertain anyone with an interest in Japan and Japanese culture.
Members of the Hoshi Club can sign up for free to receive exclusive assets from Rising Star Games’ portfolio of titles, as well as substantial discounts on games bought directly through the site.
Read David McCarthy, news about Japanese culture and more at: www.risingstargames.com/blog
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Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Sony PSP™, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese publisher/developer Marvelous Entertainment and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its fifth staggeringly successful year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com
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