The DVD footage on YouTube
Between September and November 2013 I travelled around Japan interviewing developers for my series of books, The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers.
I also accumulated an enormous quantity of... Read more
Replaying Japan 2016, 15-17 Agust, Leipzig, Germany
Guess who is a speaker at the next Replaying Japan conference, held in Leipzig this year!
When I was keynote speaker in Montreal back in 2014 several backers said that... Read more
Agness Kaku loses third court case - is FINED by the courts, ordered to pay my legal fees
Agness Kaku, translator resident in Tokyo, Japan, has just lost her third court case against me. I received the results today (12 July 2016). This marks her fourth failed attempt... Read more
Adventures of Coffeetableman
Just for a laugh I decided to do something a bit different, given how little it costs to launch a new CreateSpace book. I make 50p a copy on this,... Read more
Amazon Kindle version now available
The digital version is also now on Amazon, in Kindle format. It seems to be separate from the print edition (I'll email them about that), so you may need to... Read more
Digital version is live!
A lot of people asked for it, so here it is, Volume 2 in digital format!
For $12 you get both Volume 1 and Volume 2, in digital format,... Read more
Reviews, excerpts, and an interview
As always, the main page for Volume 2 can be found here. At the moment Amazon USA is having a 17% discount on it!
Reviews are in! In addition... Read more
Free stuff for everyone!
In the spirit of the holiday season, here's a whole bunch of free stuff for everyone.
1) Free digital copy of Volume 1
From Thursday until Saturday, on Amazon, the... Read more
How V2 improves on V1
Volume 1 is arguably better than Volume 2 by having more pages and more interviewees. I intentionally heavy loaded it so backers would feel satisfied. However, Volume 2 makes some... Read more
Volume 2 - it lives!
Well, here it is. The second volume. Frankly, given the quantity of work it required, and personal monetary investment, I should have just stuck to freelancing.
Here's the contents page: ... Read more
Agness Kaku and Hanako Abe lose 2nd court case
I make this update only because many of you, my backers, were at one point contacted through LinkedIn and threatened with your names and places of work being dragged into... Read more
Cultural History of Video Games
The Annual Game History Symposium in Montreal has been and gone, and the special issue of Kinephanos is now live online. I made a mistake in my previous update -... Read more
Storybundle and Game History Annual Symposium
Firstly, since quite a few Montreal-based backers were disappointed at missing it, the next Game History Annual Symposium will take place in Montreal in a couple of days (June 26-27,... Read more
Volume 2 preview
For anyone interested in a preview of the Michitaka Tsuruta chapter from Volume 2, please check out my featured post from Gamasutra.
It contains two interviews conducted by other... Read more
Konami's unreleased console excerpt on Gamasutra
Given recent events surrounding Konami I decided to post two interview excerpts on Gamasutra, one of which focuses on Konami's unreleased console.
This might not be hugely relevant to backers,... Read more
A word on [REDACTED]
Today I reached 1/3 progress through Volume 2, and I thought it worth making a comment on [REDACTED] statements.
One of the consistent complaints I've had about Volume 1 is... Read more
For those of you in Sweden, the April issue of LEVEL magazine features my interview with Yoshiro Kimura, edited down to 8 pages and translated. This is actually the third... Read more
Details of my victory
I've spoken with my lawyer and he's confirmed the case has been thrown out - it is a victory for me. It should have been thrown out long ago, but... Read more
Victory is mine
On 9 April my lawyer emailed, and while he doesn’t have all the papers/details yet, he did say the result was a victory for me. Next week I will make... Read more
Court case update
The court case was today. My lawyer emailed me, the court results will be given 9 April. I am feeling very confident about the outcome.
I never made any libellous... Read more
FUJI TV - where all the cool people hang out
Following on from my keynote speech in Canada, where I was able to demonstrate being one of the leading English-language experts on Japanese games, plus recent foreign-language adaptations of my... Read more
Kindle version and Black Friday deals
The DVD is now discounted to £25 until the end of December: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/japandvd/japandvd.htm
The Gold Edition is now on sale via Amazon.
Here is a discount code to buy either... Read more
Black Friday bonuses coming up
I thought I should make this update to allow a small cooling off period.
On 27 November, to coincide with Black Friday deals, I will be doing the following:
*... Read more
Hanako Kaku 賀来華子 and Agness Kaku delay court case and continue to fabricate stories
I know some don't like these updates regarding court proceedings jointly brought forth by Hanako Kaku (賀来華子) and Agness Kaku. But given that Hanako and her sister Agness tried to intimidate... Read more
Book is available for sale
This won't really affect anyone here, since everyone's book has been ordered already. But for those who did not back, and want the book, it is now available on Amazon... Read more
Back from my Keynote Speech!
I have returned from Canada, where I was invited by a university in Montreal to discuss the book and the history of Japanese games, at the Game History Annual Symposium.... Read more
Hanako Kaku and Agness Kaku start false court proceedings
I was planning only to post this once everyone had received their books and the matter had been quashed, but given that the Kaku sisters are still hellbent on sabotaging... Read more
DVD labels are printed
Just a quick update.
I've printed all the labels for backers of the DVD tier, and stuck them on bubble envelopes. There's about 20 people who haven't responded to the... Read more
DVDs have been ordered!
I received the master disc for disc #2 this morning, watched it and loved it. It's definitely my favourite of the two discs. I had my brother watch it, and... Read more
DVD pre-orders available
Progress report: I'm about one-third through Yuzo Koshiro's interview. It's gone very smoothly and I should be finished transcribing by Friday. I read as many previous interviews as I could,... Read more
KAKEXUN - an article excerpt
I'm certain everyone eagerly wants their book. Rest assured, none want it more than I. To make the wait slightly easier, and because this interview contained time-sensitive information, I've posted... Read more
Hanako Abe adopts scorched earth policy
I was not intending to mention them ever again, but after recent calculated attacks and a hate campaign against me, I am forced to make this public. I will not... Read more
A small treat - and The History of Ocean Software
March has arrived. As I mentioned in a previous update, various difficulties and an abundance of content mean the book has been delayed. I apologise about that - I want... Read more
Optional questions in the survey
Someone pointed out that Kickstarter demands something be put in every question box in order to complete. Meaning technically you can't skip the optional ones.
If a question... Read more
Progress - plus a shout out to Blackmore
Other Kickstarter projects seem to enjoying showing photos of stuff arriving... So... Look at what arrived today! 1,000 bubble envelopes in 10 boxes, plus sticky labels, for the DVD. I... Read more
What else does fate have planned?
Sorry to break this to everyone, but Wil Overton is no longer doing the cover art for the Gold Tier.
I've been in sporadic contact with Wil since my return... Read more
Just a tiny update to say I received my screener of Disc 1 of the DVD, and it's fantastic. Better than I could have hoped for. We've got simultaneous vertical... Read more
A friend told me that he felt down after reading my last update, so here's something which went very right during the trip and always brightens my mood when looking... Read more
Telenet, Falcom, Game Arts, and Quintet tears
I've been transcribing an interview with someone who worked at Telenet, Falcom, Game Arts and Quintet. And I have been close to tears with frustration at how appalling the interpretation... Read more
Just a tiny update. It's time I settled on some page styles before moving on with transcribing. I'm taking a slightly different route to the HG101 adventure book:
Trim: 18.9cm... Read more
Dealing with unethical people
I had intended to post this report while in Japan (in fact I even considered going to the police), but given certain individuals repeated attempts to derail the project, and... Read more
No time for an update but...
... perhaps an update from NudeMaker will suffice?
I visited the office and chatted about NudeMaker, and also Human Entertainment, including with one of the team from Septentrion. Part... Read more
No sleep 'til... Kobe!
I've had a few emails asking about the project and lack of updates. Although I booked days off from interviews, 21, 23 and 29 September, these days have been swallowed... Read more
The book on TV?
I've arrived in Japan. A few days ago actually. Apologies about the delay but, in addition to some serious jetlag, I have been working non-stop since that plane hit the... Read more
Ask a Question backers
My apologies for sending this to everyone - but it's come to my attention that at least two Ask a Question backers seem to be having trouble receiving any and... Read more
My life revolves around Sokoban
I had intended to post an update on Monday, but today is Friday - showing just how busy my schedule is. I can only imagine what my interviewees must think... Read more
Progress Report - 16 July
So much has been happening, I think it's time for a brief progress report.
Firstly, I will be away from 17 until 27 July (7月17～27日) on business, with only sporadic... Read more
The Kickstarter ends on a high note
Wow, that's incredible. Over £70,000, or 140% of the goal. Amazing. Astounding. I'm honoured and excited that so many people, from around the world, believed in my vision for this... Read more
Last Day of Pledging!
Firstly: Kenichi Nishi is on board!
We're in the last stretch before the Kickstarter officially ends.
I want to thank everyone for making this possible. The fact we've gone... Read more
Platinum DVD tier sold out
Just a quick update.
I've spent around 11 hours fielding emails all day, give or take an hour for Star Trek this evening. If I have not replied to your... Read more
I've been given the go-ahead from my associate who helped arrange this, to announce the Platinum Tier.
The artist is Hitoshi YONEDA
You may recognise Hitoshi Yoneda as the artist... Read more
We did it! The goal has been reached!
We've made it! As of typing this, we are over the £50k mark. Thank you to all my backers, and everyone who tweeted, blogged, posted Youtube videos, shouted... Read more
Yuzo Koshiro is on board!
Just a small update. He should need no introduction, but Yuzo Koshiro is happy to be interviewed. As well as being a prolific musician since the 1980s, he is also... Read more
£5000 reward and name in the book
A lot of work to do today, so I'll keep this brief. Keep spreading the word though, we're almost there!
The hilariously expensive tier is taken! The signature book... Read more
T&E Soft and disk preservation
Just a short report, since I'll be out all day today and won't be back until the evening.
Current flagged emails: 6 (though technically one is regarding my expertise on... Read more
Guest Editors and my own chosen topics
Given that the Guest Editor tiers are all gone (I'm considering adding a few more, since the money-to-print-cost ratio looks good enough to increase the overall page count), I think... Read more
Submit a Question & Guest Editor tiers all gone!
Just a short update.
All the Submit a Question and Guest Editor tiers are now gone! Thank you to everyone who generously pledged for them! That's fantastic.
I've currently had... Read more
One last charge over the hill, comrades
Since my last update I've continued to contact and be contacted by various developers, or those who know developers. Notably one of my backers in Japan has been helping me,... Read more
Interview on Polygon
Just a quick update to say that my interview with Polygon has been published.
I should point out, my being quoted as mentioning sekaikanwas a result of Zack Wood... Read more
Yoshiro Kimura is on board!
Yoshiro Kimura has invited me to drink whiskey with and interview him in Japan! He's worked on a variety of excellent games, including Moon: Remix RPG Adventure(which takes a... Read more
Now part of the IGDA
I am now a member of the International Game Developers Association, and we are officially on the curated IGDA page for Kickstarter. Hopefully this will add some gravitas to the... Read more
Takashi Tokita is on board!
The legendary Takashi Tokita says he is happy to be interviewed. Below are the covers to just a few of his games. He told me he couldn't believe it's been... Read more
Structure of the book
Someone asked me if I would be covering Kenji Eno in the book, since he passed away recently. This was one of many events which motivated me to consider such... Read more
Roy Ozaki of Mitchell Corp is on board!
In addition to Strider creator Kouichi Yotsui, I have confirmation that Roy Ozaki, president of Mitchell Corp, wants to be interviewed. The company produced Pang / Buster Bros, Osman... Read more
Japanese readers want the book
Wow, another intensely busy day. And we've reached 25% of the goal! Thank you all!
I was happy to see that Makoto Goto posted in the public comments section wishing... Read more
More potential interviewees!
Time for a (long) report.
It's both amazing and heart warming the amount of support I've received since launching this Kickstarter. Thank you all.
I also want to share some... Read more
28 May Update
Just a small update before I sign off for the evening.
Thank you to everyone who pledged, the show of support has been tremendous. Thank you also to all who... Read more
Some non-Japanese contacts I have
I want to edit my Kickstarter front page, but apparently I've reached my character limit, so I am moving this entire section from the main page to the updates. It's... Read more