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Videos: Phantom Gundam and Nightingale Coming To Gundam Versus on September 26Videos: Phantom Gundam and Nightingale Coming To Gundam... Phantom Gundam and Nightingale will be coming to Gundam Versus on September 26 in Japan. As mentioned in our previous post, Phantom Gundam is a 400 cost unit and is taking...

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News: Gundam Versus To Add Phantom Gundam As DLC UnitNews: Gundam Versus To Add Phantom Gundam As DLC Unit As we await the upcoming Western release of Gundam Versus on September 29 on top of unreleased units such as Pale Rider and Gundam Guison Rebake, Phantom Gundam has been...

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Videos: Gundam Versus Adds Pale Rider, Gundam Guison Rebake, G-Self Perfect Pack and More As Upcoming DLC UnitsVideos: Gundam Versus Adds Pale Rider, Gundam Guison... Hot on the heels of Update 1.03 launching later this week, Bandai Namco have recently provided the latest set of playable Gundam Versus DLC units that will arrive in August....

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About

Welcome to the wonderful world of mecha gaming, this meagre blog will attempt to be your host through the dazzling and often very confusing splendour of this misrepresented gaming genre. The name of the blog comes from the Japanese word for spirit or “tamashii” (魂), however when this is prefaced with another word the “t” is softened to a “d”, hence “damashii”. Many mecha designers in Japan refer to the spirit a certain mecha can evoke, so the title of the blog was pretty much taken from that. The site is split into six main areas of coverage; news, reviews, videos, toys/kits, features and books.

Reviews and Tamashii

Each of our reviews finishes off with what at first glance may appear to be a score out of ten. In reality, we mark our games on how close they get to the tamashii/spirit of implementing a functionally coherent interpretation of the mecha mythos. Naturally, this encompasses how well they play as games in their own right but also encapsulates something that other reviews often do not appreciate or understand; the cultural context these games are placed in. The reason for a numerical “score” is that this makes the result more easy to understand and interpret.

Policy on Review Copies

All the games we review are paid for individually by the writers themselves. We have never and will never accept “free” review copies from publishers. Considering that gamers paid their hard earned money on what they want to play, we think it’s only fair we do the same. That way you know the opinions are our own and not the result of a publisher’s interference. When it comes to our toy and kit reviews, we are sent these by HobbyLink Japan but the manufacturers have no input on our final verdict.

Meet the Editors

Ollie Barder – Cacophanus
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Christopher Bruso – Tollmaster
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Matthew Hawkins – Fort90
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Michael Purdie – GarnetCrowAX
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David Dino – Donkey Show
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Nicolas George – Distantmantra
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LogoThe Mecha Damashii logo was created for the site by Japanese mecha designer Junji Okubo and is used with permission.