Around the World with Gbanga: Tokyo, Japan
“Around the World with Gbanga” crosses flies East to Tokyo, Japan, where we talk with one our Player of the Week winners, “Mr. Japan.”
(Gbanga) How did you get to know Gbanga?
(Mr. Japan) I was looking for an interesting and innovative mobile game and one of my colleagues found Gbanga on the App Store with the keywords “location-based game”. We had a look at the game and the graphics and the gameplay seemed really interesting. It started out as research but we found the game so interesting and fun that we kept playing, especially when we realized how much fun we were having when we travelled around Tokyo naming cells and taking-over establishments.
If Gbanga were to visit Tokyo would we find it owned by you and your Famiglia?
I think that someone from Germany visited Tokyo and discovered some Cells in the major areas of Tokyo and we (my colleagues and I) obsessively took back those Cells. We are especially strong in the business districts but there are so many other places to visit. We guess that our Famiglia has taken-over about 3,000 Cells in Tokyo and this implies less than 1% of the city. Since the city is so vast, we’re trying to focus on taking-over major areas for our Familgia, the DonBrownShirt.
How does the Gbanga world look like in Tokyo?
Tokyo is a really big city and it’s full of establishments. My guess is that there are Mafia establishments in at least three quarters of the Gbanga Cells in the city, so there is a lot to take-over. Tokyo is connected with other major cities in Yokohama, Saitama and Chiba. If you put all that together, we can calculate that the Tokyo metropolitan area has 13,500 square kilometers and if the Cells are hexagons with 100 meters sides, it turns out that there are about 500K Cells in Tokyo! This fact also makes the competition very diluted around the city.
Please tell us a bit about your experience while playing Gbanga on the Bullet Train (Shinkansen).
Well, I had a business trip to Kyoto the other day and I figured that would take about 2.5 hours and thought why not play Gbanga! I also thought that since I would be travelling really fast on the train, I would be able to take over many Cells. It turned out to be more like a fight against the Gbanga servers because I was moving so fast that there were some technical bugs to deal with but I managed to take-over plenty of Cells on the way. I was so engaged in the game that the 2.5 hours flew by!
Domo arigato Mr.Japan! (Thank you very much).
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