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11 Ways That Japan Changed The Landscape Of Gaming Forever

Honestly, we all owe Japan SO much gratitude.

1. Because they were the undisputed pioneers of early game design.

2. Because they gifted us with the PlayStation — which turned the gaming industry on its head in the best possible way.

3. Because they gave birth to most of our favourite games.

4. Because they pretty much drove the transformation of gaming over four distinct eras from the 1980s to 2010s.

5. Because they helped kick-start the arcade game movement and changed the way we played games.

6. Because they were responsible for the iconic majesty of Pac-Man and Space Invaders!

7. Because being a professional gamer in Japan is totally a thing now and some epic coin can be made doing it.

8. Because Japan is now the land of "game trips" — and, honestly, can you think of a better holiday?!

9. Because mass-participation in e-sports may lead to it making the Olympics. (Yep, the actual, real-life Olympics!).

10. Because they are home to the world’s most respected gaming gods.

11. And finally, because the Japanese love gaming so much, they've created a game-style website dedicated solely to Japanese game trips and education!

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