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A book with more Japanese developer interviews than any other; a wealth of untold anecdotes from Japan's video game history in English
A book with more Japanese developer interviews than any other; a wealth of untold anecdotes from Japan's video game history in English
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    1. Zeon

      Yeah!!! got my book today, minor dent in it from shipping but everything else is good

    2. Harley Gresham on

      Hey John, just changed my postal address on Kickstarter, hope that you get the changes! Cheers, Looking forward to the book!

    3. John Szczepaniak Creator on

      The names are taken from there. Your name is listed just fine. :)

    4. Ross Foubister on

      I checked for a survey, and I completed one in February, but that was only for a postal address. Are the names in the book taken from there, or is there a separate survey that I've missed?

    5. Mayhem on

      Had a chance to finally watch pt1 of the DVD. Cracking stuff there, especially the Deco system. I guess with my preservation bent, it caught my eye heh. And no skipping, so the surface scratches were only superficial.

    6. RocK_M on


      Is it common practice to actually do a "FAQ" style information on a Libel case on a blog? o_O

      I had assumed posting up details such as those on that "FAQ" in a public place would normally screw over court proceedings.... and why in the world is the court case in France when John is a resident of UK?

      I sense something dodgy =/

    7. Mayhem on

      The rest of the email states (for the record, as it is cut off):

      - Your comments on “The Untold History of Japanese Video Games” Kickstarter project page, in original English and French translation
      - Your company affiliation and job title
      - The record of your visit(s) to the LinkedIn profile of Agness Kaku and/or Hanako Kaku Abe, if any

      If you wish to make an official statement about this matter, please do so before June 5, 2014 to allow for third-party translation into French before the June 12 hearing.

      The plaintiffs and their families regret any upset caused by this notice. A brief outline of the case and an FAQ can be found here:

    8. Robert Hazelby on

      Evening John, I've just checked my email, and it seems that yesterday afternoon I received a similar email via my LinkedIn profile from Peter Daimu.

      The email reads:

      Dear Robert Hazelby,

      This is a courtesy notice of your inclusion in the victim impact documentation filed with the Criminal Court of Niort as a part of a libel case against Jon “John” Szczepaniak of Saint-Laurs, France regarding his false and malicious statements about Haruko Ota, Hanako Abe (née Kaku) and Agness Kaku (Kickstarter updates dated November 22, 2013; January 17, 2014; and March 13, 2014). No action is required on your part.

      The purpose of this filing is to demonstrate to the court that Mr. Szczepaniak:

      - Defamed the plaintiffs to an audience that has a significant share of professionals from industries in which the plaintiffs works, including but not limited to video games and IT.
      - Successfully manipulated and encouraged backers into joining in the libel with reckless disregard for the professional, emotional and physical well-beings of the plaintiffs.

      The information presented to the court consists of:

      - Your name
      - Your comments on “The Untold History of Japanese Video Games”...

      Peter's LinkedIn profile points to this lengthy blog:

      Just thought you should know.


    9. Jacki Rountree on

      John, I thought you should be aware that my LinkedIn profile got a visit today by a Peter Daimu and he sent me a message regarding a litigation. His profile had a link to this blog page:

      LinkedIn isn't allowing me to view the full message at the moment for whatever reason that may be, but this is as much as I can read of it in the preview:
      Courtesy notice (libel case against John...
      Dear Jacki Rountree, This is a courtesy notice of your inclusion in the victim impact documentation filed with the Criminal Court of...

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      Marty on

      Got my DVDs but one of the discs was loose and all scratched up. How do I get a replacement?

    11. RocK_M on

      Just posting to say DVD has arrived in Australia :D

      Great job on the DVD John! I'm hoping this first edition takes off so you can make another of these gems w/ a bigger budget :D

    12. JS on

      Thank you for the prompt reply regarding the discs!

    13. JS on

      I got my DVD's today, USA. One of the discs were lose due to that middle... thing that holds the disc being broken, but doesn't look like it got scratched.

    14. TC! on

      Received the DVD in Canada. Great, high quality plastic case. One of the discs was loose upon arrival though. Anyways, looking forward to watching it.

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      Anthony Herana on

      Received the DVD in the United States. Thanks!

    16. Danny 'Freddy Krüger' Schmidt on

      Hi received the DVD last week in germany.

      Thank you, wait to watch until the book is finished to enjoy all in one :P

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      Andrew Fisher on

      Jon, regarding the index (update 50 not visible here for some reason?) - as long as there is a good contents page and topic/interview headings so people can find something, I'm not worried about an index. Just make sure your footnotes and text point out subjects that go across interviews e.g. (See also interview with someone, or read more in the chapter about company)

    18. Matt Mayatt on

      Sod the DVD , when's the book out?

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      David Hudson on

      Received my DVD yesterday in Scotland. Very happy! Thanks John

    20. Minoru TODA on

      Received DVD in Japan :)

    21. Santi on

      Just received the dvd in Spain. Thanks!

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      Andreas Jansheden on

      Received the DVD yesterday. Thanks a lot!

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      Matthew Humphries on

      DVD received today in the UK, thanks John

    24. Robert Khoe

      Just received the DVD. Watched one already. Can wait for the book!

    25. John Szczepaniak Creator on

      Alex - That website is filled with nothing but disgusting lies, and is a blatant attempt at character assassination by two con-artists who fleeced me in Japan and are now upset that I dared to reveal the truth publicly. They either twisted everything I said or outright lied. There is not a shred of truth in anything they say, and I have the emails, signed invoices, and audio recordings to prove it. If this persists, I will be forced to reveal every single thing in public in order to defend myself. Agness' husband Peter contacted me, and I repeatedly offered them an olive branch - I wanted peace. I said if they walk away and leave me alone, I will do the same. He refused. This, in addition to contacting all of my interviewees, is utterly disgraceful behaviour.

    26. Alexander O. Smith

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    27. Jesse Dylan Watson on

      Definitely hope I can get a DVD via HG101 or somehow. I really regret not backing at the DVD level.

    28. Matt Mayatt on

      Yeah man i would have been happy for you to keep the cash instead of refunding , is there anyway to give the the money back.

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      Tomas Gradin on

      Aww sorry to hear about the digital version. It doesn't seem fair the amount of trouble you are getting!

      *looks for the "reject refund" button*

    30. John Szczepaniak Creator on

      The DVD will be on sale by itself. I'll probably set-up a page on HG101 and allow PayPal payments for any leftover copies I have.

    31. Matthew Gyure on

      Hi John,

      Maybe I missed it somewhere, but will there be a way to obtain the DVD outside of the initial backing. I backed the book, but seeing the content now I would love to give more for the amazing footage. I'm sure I'm not the only one either. It seems too good to pass up. Thanks! Keep up the awesome work.

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      Howardphilips on

      Hi John,
      Just saw your latest update. Be sure, I as a backer will try and support you as much as possible in your endeavours related to this project.
      Thanks for keeping us updated and best regards from France!

    33. Agness Kaku on

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    34. Agness Kaku on

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      Nickoten on

      I backed this project and somehow managed to either miss or forget the fact that you're also behind Hardcore Gaming 101, which is in my opinion one of the most useful and informative video game-related sites on the internet. So, I'd like to leave my sincere gratitude on top of my contribution.

      As for my question, I was wondering whether you had any contacts with developers who have worked with or still work with FROM or Atlus. You have an impressive amount of information on their titles on the website so I feel like an interview on King's Field or one of the old Shin Megami Tenseis would not go to waste with you. Of course, the content you've already promised is looking to be fantastic, but I thought it would be worth asking!

    36. John Szczepaniak Creator on

      Apologies for not posting a proper update yet. I got back from my trip, and immediately started working 14 hours days to clear my backlog of emails, and sort out some newer arrangements. So many contacts to process - it's unbelievable. Plus the equipment. Yesterday I received my Olympus AS2400 transcription kit, for easy transcribing. I've not even had time to test it with my new laptop or Sony dictation machine (digital all the way - none of that magnetic analogue recording nonsense). I did test the dictation machine, and it puts my old microtape one to shame. Lots of new contacts, but I'm just going to say: Quintet fans should be happy. I've not solved the mystery (yet), but if this goes ahead, it'll be quite excellent nonetheless.

      A proper update when (if) I ever get the time.

    37. John Szczepaniak Creator on

      Don't worry about that. I know all the names of the games I will talk about, and I intend to provide my interpreter with a fact sheet briefly detailing each interviewee and their career. For clarity I would use the Japanese names during the interview, and either convert them into English in the book, or include a footnote explaining that each time myself and the interview say Rockman, we actually mean Megaman.

    38. Samuel Cal Engel on

      I have a question: When games get translated the names of characters, settings, items, locations and so on change. For example megaman actually being rockman in japanese. So how are you going to avoid communication problems concerning those changes? Do you search for the original japanese names before doing an interview? Are your interpreters specialized in gaming so that they know the translations? Or do the developers themselfes know the english translations usually?

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      rucar patrice on

      congrats! 70000gpd it's great! Now all you'll have to do is to make us a wonderful book!

    40. SquashSesame on

      Congrats! I would like to support something for your project!

    41. St. McDuck on

      Great work, John! This is a fantastic idea and I'm really looking forward to the final book.

    42. Rodrigo "rrc2soft" Roman on

      Congrats! I am really looking forward to this book, as my first machine ever was an MSX :-D.

    43. Agness Kaku on

      Step-ups are pretty affordable—you could have it waiting for you when you fly out here. I'd be happy to arrange for it as soon as you've picked an accommodation.

    44. George Bray ブレイ・ジョージ on

      Oh WOW! This book is gonna smashed your goal. Well done ;) (bloody auto-correct on my previous post) ;)

    45. George Bray ブレイ・ジョージ on

      Oh WOW! This book is gonna smashed you're goal. Well done ;)

    46. John Szczepaniak Creator on

      We did it! Thank you everyone! This is incredible, better than I even imagined it would do.

      Actually, I'm just typing up a report to send to everyone. Please bear with me.

    47. Senchaholic on

      Btw, have you been thinking of Naoki Kodaka? He made some incredible music for Blaster master,
      Journey to silius, Gremlins 2, Uofouria the saga, Batman the video game for NES and Batman the video game for Genesis. I have been thinking a lot about those Japanese made games built on western themes, like Batman. Batman is one of the best NES games ever, including Duck Tales for NES by capcom.

    48. anthony on

      And at 140% of goal! Great seeing so many people back this project.

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