The most amazing video game article you'll read today, if not this month, is Boing Boing's feature on real-life Yakuza playing and fact-checking Sega's Yakuza 3. Jake Adelstein, the Jewish-American author behind Tokyo Vice and a former crime-beat reporter in Japan, asked three Yakuza bosses and members to compare the PS3 game with their own experiences.

Along with discussing character fashions, the accuracy of the game's Kabukicho/Kamurocho setting, and how most gang members don't actually know any martial arts, the group looks at how Yakuza 3 depicts their criminal organizations:

Midoriyama (names changed to protect identities): Kiryu is the way yakuza used to be. We kept the streets clean. People liked us. We didn't bother ordinary citizens. We respected our bosses. Now, guys like that only exist in video games.
Shirokawa: I don't know any ex-yakuza running orphanages.
Kuroishi: There was one a few years ago. A good guy.
Midoriyama: You sure it wasn't just a tax shelter?
Kuroishi: Sure it was a tax shelter, but he ran it like a legitimate thing. You know.

As for the portions of the games that didn't make it on the U.S. edition -- mahjong, the massage parlor, and hostess clubs -- one Yakuza boss commented, "I feel sorry for the people who bought the American version. SEGA USA sucks."