Finder Love: Aki Hoshino

Finder Love: Aki Hoshino (Capcom, 2006).

Finder Love: Aki Hoshino is a photography game in the Finder Love series, a PSP dating sim game. The game is yet another addition to simulation of photographic  practices that objectify women and perpetuates the male gaze in computer games’ representation and  mechanics (see the whole “paparazzi/model photo shooting/Japanese idol photography” theme of photography simulations). What is interesting however in terms of mechanics is the use of a “gamification of the decisive moment” that is reminiscent of music and rhythm games (e.g. Pop’n music, Guitar Hero…). There is also an aesthetic evaluation of the pictures taken and a “Tension” level. Finally it also to note that the game does not use CGI to create the subjects of the photo shoot, but recorded video footage – and snapping pictures is here made equal to capturing still frames from a moving image that can’t be stopped or rewinded.

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“THE iDOLM@STER: Gravure for You! vol. 1-9” and “THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gravure For You! Packs vol. 1-9”

THE iDOLM@STER: Gravure for You! vol. 1-9 (Bandai Namco Games, 2011-2012)

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gravure For You! Packs vol. 1-9 (Bandai Namco Games, 2015-2016)


On October 2, 2013, the series was re-released on the PS3 for iM@S CHANNEL. […] Pictures can be saved into a gallery. Certain features were added to these volumes to make the photos more customizable including:

  • Camera Tilt via controller motion sensor tilt
  • The ability to add a black frame around the photos
  • Different photo sizes
  • The ability to display a guide grid
  • A vignetting effect
  • A button to change BGM playlists
  • 150% angle swing of the camera
  • An option to hide the menu



Sonicomi (Nitroplus, 2016).

Super Sonico is a cheerful, hardworking college student and amateur musician who’s about to make her modeling debut. As her personal photographer, you will be responsible for Sonico’s image, balancing the needs of your clients with your own vision for Sonico’s future. Cute, sexy, weird — the costumes you choose will determine her path as a model. Will you cultivate mainstream appeal? Make Sonico a subculture icon? Or will she become something even you can’t imagine? It all depends on you!