Webcast Offers an Interesting Look at Untranslated Japanese Game
If you're interested in learning about many of the Japanese games that have never been released outside of the country, you may want to watch some of the YouTube videos created by Justin "Jew Wario" Carmical.
Carmical's You Can Play This web show offered reviews and thoughts about many different untranslated Japanese games such as Umihara Kawase, Super Robot Taisen, and Mobile Suit Z Gundam Hot Scramble. The idea behind the show was that all of the games highlighted were actually playable by anyone regardless of how fluent they were in Japanese.
Carmical became interested in the idea of having a web series after watching Lee Davidge's Still Gaming series, a web show featuring video game reviews. While Carmical had enjoyed playing imported games on his original Nintendo and other gaming systems, he hadn't considered doing more than sharing those games with friends until he watched several episodes of Davidge's series.
The goal of You Can Play This was to showcase games where the language barrier wasn't a barrier at all. To that end, the series focused on games where reading the text didn't matter as much, which meant it stayed away from genres such as RPGs where the story was important. The games featured needed very little in the way of explanation or walk-through. In a way, that's very similar to the Canadian site, http://www.grizzlygambling.com, as they are known to keep it simple while still providing a good value.
The show was a part of the lineup on That Guy With The Glasses, a website ran by Doug Walker as a part of the Channel Awesome slate of websites. The site featured a number of different shows, including The Nostalgia Critic, Walker's most famous series. In 2013, Carmical and the website parted ways because he felt like some of his other projects such as You Can Cook This (a guide to cooking Asian foods) didn't fit with the Channel Awesome target audience.
In addition to You Can Play This, Carmical was also well-known for hosting a regular Friday night live stream that featured a number of guests. He and his guests often discussed various topics related to Asian culture, Japanese video games, or relevant topics. He also created or produced a number of other series, including Play Proceeds Clockwise and J-Dub Reviews.
Sadly, Carmical passed away in January of 2014.