Day: 29/04/2012

LA Times: “K-pop enters American pop consciousness”


By: GhostWriter Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, GD&TOP (Big Bang), JYJ, Wonder Girls and others from South Korea are expanding audiences in U.S. beyond Korean Americans. August Brown of the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest distributed newspapers in America, recently wrote an in depth article on how K-pop is slowly penetrating the American pop consciousness. The article talks about how the Internet is the driving force in spreading Korean pop culture and the shift of focus in Korean media companies. How they’re []

Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” is #1 on Mnet Japan’s MAMA Asian Chart


By: MrTuxedo Asia’s top hip-hop boy group, Big Bang‘s “Fantastic Baby” has been awarded first place on Mnet Japan’s MAMA Asian Chart. On April 28, the top ten singles for Mnet Japan’s MAMA Asian Chart were announced by CNBLUE‘s Jonghyun.  Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” came out on top, beating the likes of Kara‘s “Speed Up” and Japanese boy band, Kiss-My-Ft2‘s “She!Her!Her!“, who came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. “Fantastic Baby”, which boasts some powerful and addicting beats, instantly captivated music goers upon []

B.A.P.’s Bang Yong Guk discusses the differences between “Power” and “Warrior”


By: VITALSIGN Having returned with a strong new comeback track titled “Power“, the boys of B.A.P. have been making their rounds on the first week of comeback stages. After ‘Music Core‘, leader Bang Yong Guk sat down with reporters to share his thoughts on the group’s comeback. Bang Yong Guk began, “It’s not something we’ve been preparing for a long time for, but we did work really hard to show improvement for our fans. This album is extremely meaningful for us in []

F.CUZ talks about their first ‘No.1′ comeback stage


By: VITALSIGN F.CUZ recently met with reporters after completing their first comeback stage and talked about how they’re feeling having finally returned after a year and five month long hiatus. The members stated, “New members Raehyun and Daegun were both really nervous so we were as a whole a lot more nervous than usual. We exchanged glances on stage and tried to comfort them. We realized so much was going on when we finally completed our stage.” They continued, “Since it was []

Way of the Samurai 4 Coming To North America This Summer


By: Shawn Collier (@ShawnCollier) XSEED Games has announced that they will be bringing Acquire’s Way of the Samurai 4 to North America this summer on the PS3. Offering a unique setting, Way of the Samurai 4 opens in mid-19th century Japan. For hundreds of years, the Japanese shogunate has operated under a strict policy of isolation, keeping the nation walled off from foreign trade and cultural influence. Now, for the first time in centuries, Japan has opened its borders to the world []

XSEED Bringing Unchained Blades To 3DS And Vita Later This Year


By: Shawn Collier   (@ShawnCollier) Publisher XSEED Games has announced that they will be bringing over the dungeon-crawling RPG Unchained Blades to North American shores later this year on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Unchained Blades follows the story of the dragon emperor, Fang, who after being stripped of his powers by the goddess Clunea, embarks on a journey for revenge and to regain his true form. Arrogant and vengeful, Fang is joined in his quest by a cowardly golem prince, a []

Zwei A ‘True Survival Horror’ By Shinji Mikami


By: Colin Tan   (@unartifex) Renowned developer Shinji Mikami recently revealed Zwei, a new survival horror game in the works at his studio Tango Softworks, noting that he is gunning for “pure survival horror,” an aspect long-time Resident Evil fans will certainly appreciate. Shinji Mikami is a name best associated with a number of top-tier video game titles, includingVanquish, God Hand, Devil May Cry and all the Resident Evil games up to and includingResident Evil 4. “A true ‘survival horror’ game is one []

New Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Gameplay Trailer Showcases Donya Fortress Map


By: Colin Tan  (@unartifex) The latest gameplay trailer for DICE’s upcoming Battlefield 3 expansion pack showcases the Donya Fortress map, hectic close-quarter firefights and anted up destruction. Dubbed Close Quarters, this expansion pack adds four indoor maps that cater to intense urban infantry gameplay. Expect new weapons, Assignments, dog tags and a whole new level of destruction, the latter of which is clearly exhibited in the trailer. In addition, you can also see the new game mode Conquest Domination, which supposedly combines []

Skyrim DLC Announcement Teased, Hints At Possible Crossbow, Snow Elf Additions


By: Colin Tan   (@unartifex) Bethesda Marketing Vice President Pete Hines recently alluded to an impending announcement regarding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its first downloadable expansion, and it’s supposedly coming as early as next week. “I am working on getting a little more info out on Skyrim/DLC. Maybe next week? We’ll see,” tweeted Hines. He also makes mention at confirming the Kinect support release date. With that bit of tease lingering around, it would seem Skyrim players have also stumbled upon []

Jeju Airlines Big Bang plane has taken off [PHOTOS/NEWS]


BLOGGERS NOTE: I need to be on this plane… Jeju Airlines’ Big Bang Aircraft, a plane with K-Pop stars Big Bang’s photo on it, has taken off on the 30th. For Big Bang’s contract with Jeju Airlines, they put a photo of Big Bang on the outer surface of the plane and it took off from Gimpo to Jeju. Big Bang will be using Jeju Airlines for their Japanese tour, starting in May. Information from Mini Today Source: bigbangupdates.com