The Tokyo Game Show is on this week, showing us how the U.S. and Japanese game industries are following similar trends, yet growing further apart. Just like over here, social and mobile gaming are very popular in Japan. At the same time, few of those games are crossing borders, and it seems like fewer core Japanese games are being translated lately as well. For instance, for the past couple generations, almost all major games from Square Enix could be guaranteed to come over here, but that's no longer the case. We'll take a look at that trend later, but first, it's time for wacky hardware patents!