Oh hai, I didn't see you there.
I just wanted to share a pretty cool Japanese website with you all.
If you are interested in Japan like myself you will definitely like this.
I think it's a good site to use to see everyday Japanese people and get familiar with hearing people speak japanese on a daily basis.
WHAT IS NICO NICO DOUGA?
Nico Nico Douga (Nicknamed just niconicoo) is a site that you can stream on and watch other casters much like JTV but it's much more than that.
To sum it up I would say it's like a mix of Justin.tv / Youtube / Yahoo News put together.
Nico Nico Douga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Niconico have some pretty cool features like text scrolling across the screen and a voice program that reads the chat out loud to the caster. (Like a japanese girl version of microsoft sam)
Nico Nico Douga's atmosphere and cultural context is close to 2channel's or Futaba Channel's, and many popular videos have otaku tastes, such as anime, computer games and pop music.
Be polite and remember only about 3% or less traffic comes from outside of Japan so some caster's may not want to talk english or speak to foreigners so they may block you from the channel if you keep on spamming in English.
But don't worry there are alot of friendly Japanese that like foreigners also.
The wiki article states a English version is in the making, but who knows.
There is already a Spanish, German and Taiwanese version of the "Videos section" available.
- Use Google Chrome because it has a built in translator.
It will give you an option to translate japanese to english when you visit a japanese website, it won't be perfect but it will give you a good idea of what is what.
You need a account to watch live broadcast's and chat on niconico.
If a stream is having alot of viewers a message may pop up saying you need a premium account, if that happens just refresh and you can keep watching until it pops up again.
So let's get started by registering our FREE ACCOUNT!
First go to the website: Nicovideo.jp
Then follow the pictures I have put together.
HOW TO REGISTER
HOW TO LOG IN
HOW TO USE NICONICO TOP PAGE - This is the front page.
HOW TO USE NICONICO VIDEOS SECTION - This is what you see after clicking the VIDEOS button from the top page.
HOW TO VIEW LIVE BROADCASTS - This is where you watch live broadcasts from people just like you do on jtv only it's from Japanese people.
JAPANESE INTERNET SLANG
wwwwww - You will see this quite often. W stands for "Warau" which means "to laugh" in Japanese. So alot of W's is like saying roflmao while just one W is like just lol.
888888888 - The number 8 is "hachi" in japanese which is close to "pachi". Pachi means applause or to clap. So alot of 8's means they are applauding.
If you find a channel you want to favorite just bookmark the channel links in your browser.
I haven't figured out how to favorite a channel yet so that's what I do.
So I hope you enjoy this guide and if there is anything you have problems with just feel free to ask me. I know there are alot of Japanese interested people on Game On so I hope this will help.
If you find some cool streams or video highlights post it here for everyone to see and lets discuss nico nico together!