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About klaus

German boy, 34, living in Tokyo since 2006. Brought up in Erlangen, Germany, University in Erlangen and Berlin.

The Content and the Form

In 2000 a psychologist asked me which things in my life defined it’s Form, and which things it’s Content. The answer remains open and changing until the present day. What became clear to me today however is that the value … Continue reading

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Katakana transcriptions

Japanese like to transcribe imported vocabulary using their Katakana syllabary, which comfortably maps all strange foreign phonemes to those native to the country’s language. Every country does that, one way or the other. And it makes sense for long term … Continue reading

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Luigi, you are just a Marionette!

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Time-savers (Part 2)

[Addictive Recreation] The argument of “value doesn’t depend on time” only holds when neglecting the recreational aspect of gaming. After an intense time of highly involved brain-work playing “Tetris” for some ten minutes can feel quite balancing to my cerebral … Continue reading

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Time-savers

Time-savers are a popular means of monetization for Freemium games today. We, video-game “sommeliers”, may detest this mechanic because we see it as an inferior mechanism within the meritocracy that is a good game. Players who appreciate good games are … Continue reading

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