One of the biggest ways that gamers are starting to connect these days is via the social networking site with the 140 character limit, Twitter. Gamers in the United States and the United Kingdom have been using Twitter regularly, especially since 2008, to tweet about everything from their in game activities if they are hooked up to the Xbox Live system through a special app, or to discuss reviews. Trending topics which make up so much of what Twitter is about are also often of the gamer variety. However, until recently Japan had not gotten into the swing of things. Now, the Pacific island nation has joined in the fray and, as many things tend to do in Japan, Twitter as reached tsunami levels of popularity with not only Japanese gamers, but also a number of Japan based video game developers and service providers. Industry big wigs from Japan have been tweeting about what they have in mind for new projects and getting a feel for how the Japanese and global audiences feel about various concepts they intend to work with.
Among the big names on Twitter from the Japanese gaming industry there is Kojima of the Metal Gear Solid series fame who has revealed he has a secret project in the works. Pararsite Eve and Final Fantasy XIII Agito have both gotten updates tweeted about them from Square Enix. Even individual Japanese game designers such as Bayonetta’s Hideki Kamiya and No More Heroes’ Suda 51 have gotten in on the act, offering their own tastes and dreams when it comes to game design.