The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD
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Review by Lovedelic Life - "If you're interested in all aspects of Japanese videogames and want to see an eclectic peek into its world, then I can't recommend the DVD enough."
Review by Ludoscience - "A passionate and deeply entertaining journey inside the Japanese game industry. Despite a high price, highly recommended to any game history enthusiast. "
Between September and November 2013 I travelled around Japan interviewing video game developers for a book on the subject. This is the accompanying DVD, with segments of interview footage, game footage, and other visually interesting material. Scroll down for a detailed look at the DVD's contents. A lot of people asked about buying the DVD, so I'm allowing pre-orders. Once I have sent DVDs to the backers, I will then commence sending out the pre-orders.
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Please allow at least 3 weeks for delivery, possibly more depending on the country of delivery. If you're concerned about your order, please email me.PRICE: £40 (British Pounds)
This includes international postage. When the Kickstarter was running I considered the DVD as an interesting bonus for the dedicated book fans. Ironically the way I set up the tiers, this ended up more expensive than the book itself. As such I increased the number of discs from one to two, and from single- to double-layer. There's just under 4 hours of footage in total.QUANTITY: 200
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DISC 1: Roy Ozaki of Mitchell Corp / Kouichi Yotsui of Strider / Westone offices / Ryuichi Nishizawa of Wonderboy / Cannon Dancer director's commentary / TGS 2013 tour / Yusaku Yamamoto of GameSide / BEEP Shop with Takayuki Komabayashi / Keigo Matsubara and his 14,000 books / Data East's Deco Cassette / unseen footage of Flash Boy & Ninja, the rarest Deco games / Michitaka Tsuruta of Solomon's Key / Sony Indies Stream / Yuzo Koshiro of Sega / Bare Knuckle 4 / Professor Yoshihiro Kishimoto of Pac-Land / BONUS: photo slideshows
DISC 2: Hifumi Kouno, Masaki Higuchi, and Masatoshi Mitori on Human Entertainment / Toru Hidaka, legendary Enix programmer / Yutaka Isokawa of Catrap / dissecting Namco's neGcon controller / visiting Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka / unreleased MSX game by Yuichi Toyama / PCE vs FC audio with Takayuki Hirono / design documents for Guardian Legend, MUSHA, and Aleste 2 / Masayuki Suzuki explains Taito pixel art / parallax scrolling on PCE / artist Satoshi Nakai / flying to Hokkaido / composer Yasuhito Saito / Sapporo by night / capsule hotel / Hudson's abandoned R&D laboratory / The Game Preservation Society / the rarest PCE game / OutRun tapes with Yoji Ishii / Famicom programming with Manabu Yamana / Yoshiro Kimura / unreleased CBM game / Hiroshi Suzuki / Masakuni Mitsuhashi / prototype MSX / Akira Takiguchi / rock, paper, scissors with Kotaro Hayashida of Alex Kidd / Akihabara / Nakano Broadway / Night photography / BONUS: photo slideshows
Disc times are rounded, so there might be some slight discrepancy. The end of Disc 2 is being trimmed to make room for a second photo gallery.
00:00 - Roy Ozaki & Kouichi Yotsui
00:21 - A look around the mountain ryokan I stayed in.
00:23 - Visiting Westone
00:31 - Cannon Dancer director's commentary
00:38 - Tour of TGS 2013
00:41 - Interview with Yusaku Yamamoto of GameSide magazine, who I met at TGS.
00:43 - BEEP Shop with Takayuki Komabayashi
01:06 - Visiting Keigo Matsubara
01:25 - Deco Cassette in action
01:34 - Flash Boy and Ninja
01:36 - Michitaka Tsuruta
01:40 - Sony's Indies Stream Party
01:42 - Yuzo Koshiro
01:46 - Bare Knuckle 4
01:49 - Professor Yoshihiro Kishimoto
01:55:22 - END
All music on the DVD is by Yuzo Koshiro, predominantly from his game The Scheme. When I interviewed him in Japan, he very kindly gave me permission to use his older music on my DVD. Check out the trailer at the top for a sample. This photo was taken by my professional photographer Nicolas Datiche while we were at Mr Koshiro's studio. We all had lunch there - his mom brought us sandwiches. It was a great day.
00:00 - Human Entertainment
00:05 - Toru Hidaka
00:13 - Yutaka Isokawa
00:28 - Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka
00:30 - Unreleased MSX game
00:32 - PC-Engine VS Famicom audio
00:33 ~ 00:35
00:35 - Taito's pixel tools
00:40 - Satoshi Nakai
00:42 - PC-Engine parallax
00:48 - Flying to Hokkaido - buy the ticket, take the ride!
00:50 - Yasuhito Saito projects his music on to a wall
00:50:30 - Night driving around Sapporo!
00:52 - Night in a capsule hotel
00:53 - Hudson R&D
01:00 - The Game Preservation Society's laboratory
01:14 - The rarest PC-Engine game on earth?
01:16 - OutRun tapes
01:20 - Famicom programming environment
01:22 - Yoshiro Kimura
01:29 - unreleased CBM game
01:34 - prototype model of MSX
01:38 - Rock, paper, scissors
01:40 - Akihabara
01:45 - Nakano Broadway
01:55 - Night photography
BONUS: there are also slideshows of photographs I took, backed by music from Yuzo Koshiro, on both DVDs!
The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers reveals more information and secrets about the history of Japanese videogames than ever before. There's first-hand accounts of Konami's secret games console, the pre-history and origin of Game Arts, some unusual events at Telenet, and never before heard stories from inside Falcom. The secret politics behind Enix's game programming contests are revealed. There's a tour of the Love-de-Lic and WARP offices, and layout sketches of many other developers. Every interviewee is asked about unreleased games. There's detailed insight into the culture of computer, console and arcade games, including interviews with high profile collectors and preservationists. From the dawn of games until after the millennium, there are recollections you won't find anywhere else, with exclusive archive photos (printing is black & white).
36 interviewees! Over 500 pages!
With foreword by GAMESIDE magazine's editor-in-chief, Yusaku Yamamoto
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Professor Akinori NAKAMURA
Game Preservation Society
Roy OZAKI & Kouichi YOTSUI
Visual Novels introduction
AX series and Game Arts introduction
Hokkaido trip & Hudson lab
Takaki KOBAYASHI & Keite ABE
Stephen & William ROZNER