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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. John Szczepaniak Creator on November 3, 2014

      I don't know when volume 2 will even be available. When the book is out, Amazon always seems to put its own discount on - which they absorb fully themselves. Currently it's 17% on Amazon.com, and a few weeks back it was as high as 22% I seem to recall. To compete I would have to offer a much greater percentage. I can do this via my CreateSpace shop, but buyers must add postage, since CS is technically separate from the Amazon site itself, and does not provide shipping discounts.

      Everyone who backed the project got what they were promised. Over 300 pages, and more than 30 interviewees. Although I would like to give a discount, as I've explained previously, I do not think this will be possible.

    2. Matt Mayatt on November 3, 2014

      Any chance of a reduced price for us backers for the next volume of the book.
      Cheers.

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      Timo Soilamaa on September 20, 2014

      I got the book and it is very nice. Thank you for your hard work and I hope you all the best. Absolutely great work. Greetings from Finland!

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      NoFaceNico on September 17, 2014

      I've received my copy and made a video with my first impressions. Enjoy!

      http://youtu.be/gpuwcxmVzGY

    5. RocK_M on September 15, 2014

      @Joseph: Ermmm... John mentioned it on an earlier update ages ago that due to some circumstances the Digital Version had to be canned. Everyone on the digital tier only was refunded ages ago and everyone higher had a refund equivalent to the cost of it..

      Here's the update here - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1748556728/the-untold-history-of-japanese-game-developers/posts/718363

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      Joseph
      Superbacker
      on September 14, 2014

      When do we get the digital edition?

    7. MS on September 12, 2014

      I received the book yesterday (silver cover, Switzerland, undamaged). Read a bit already, like it very much so far.

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      System11 on September 11, 2014

      I received my book, I like it - only very minor shipping damage to report. From seeing other comments that needs to be looked at for volume 2. Speaking of vol 2 that's the only thing I'm unhappy with, some of the initial interviewee list on the basis of which I backed the book, have been bumped into another.

    9. Bjoern Boye Skjoldhammer on September 11, 2014

      Got the book yesterday (Denmark)! Thankyou! :)

    10. Flocca Chung on September 8, 2014

      Got my book few day ago.
      The book is just impressive.
      No doubt 10/10.

    11. Carlos Pinto on September 8, 2014

      Got my book! Can't wait to dig in!

    12. Chun Wah Kong on September 8, 2014

      received my copy of the book today, thanks! early impressions, despite lack of colour printing for the photos, the content is great, the stories are good. love the little teaser pages. great job, glad you finally made it!

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      Sebion on September 7, 2014

      Has anyone in Germany already received the book?

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      Augustine Tay on September 4, 2014

      Received my platinum book yesterday. There is minor damage, nicks and indents here and there, but enough to consider it not mint, more like very good. Just wanted to let you know, I don't need a follow up or anything, I know how hard it has been for you John, so its fine. I'll treasure it.

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      Jaakko Hakulinen on September 4, 2014

      My copy arrived to Finland a couple of days ago. Must say, I think it is wonderful that these things get documented this way.

    16. David Teo on September 3, 2014

      From Singapore, got my copy 1 month early of what was told to me. Thick, tasty tome of a book. Can't wait to read it!

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      Thierry on August 29, 2014

      I got it today from France (platinium edition) !! Looks superb, and no image is missing... Thank you so much for this huge work !

    18. soltree on August 28, 2014

      I got my book and so far it's superb~ Thank you so much for making this happen through out all the hardship and stress!

    19. Jonathan Barrett on August 28, 2014

      Ah, ok, it arrived this morning anyway.

    20. John Szczepaniak Creator on August 28, 2014

      @Jonathan
      No. The email requesting ID is only for select countries, such as Israel, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey. It's some kind of customs thing with i-parcel.

    21. Jonathan Barrett on August 27, 2014

      Should I have received an email with parcel id or whatever by this point?

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      Jose Luis Equiza on August 26, 2014

      Thanks and congratulations, John!
      Platinum copy of the book received today in Spain.

    23. alp aziz torun
      Superbacker
      on August 25, 2014

      In Turkey, I received my copy today. Thanks a lot.

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      Veetiglik Grico on August 22, 2014

      In Canada. received my copy earlier this week. Thanks! Excited to start reading it soon.

    25. John Szczepaniak Creator on August 22, 2014

      @RocK_M
      Thanks. But several of the now-published interviews were interpreted by the fine high-quality professionals from Active Gaming Media, such as the Game Arts interviews and Mr Kimura, or an independent language professor I hired (dB-SOFT). Others were retranslations (by various people thanked in acknowledgements). I won't mention the name due to data mining, but without the ongoing retranslation work from one professional I hired, there would have been no book. This individual helped save the project. Said person has their work cut out for them, for volumes 2 and 3.

    26. RocK_M on August 22, 2014

      My Gold edition just landed in Australia today! :D

      Geebus the amount of info (and interviews!) is amazing. How you managed to retranscribe some of those interviews after the translator mess is just short of insane xD

      I'll be waiting for volume 2 myself! :D

    27. Sean Renshaw on August 21, 2014

      Received my Gold Edition in the mail yesterday. I've only just started (about half way though the Eguchi interview) but I am loving the book so far. I can't wait for the next volumes!

    28. Matt Mayatt on August 21, 2014

      Thats cool John, looking forward to purchasing the next volumes :)

    29. Colonel Skills on August 20, 2014

      Canada here, my Gold book arrived today.

      Absolutely nuts amount of content; thanks a lot John. Super happy with it so far.

    30. John Szczepaniak Creator on August 20, 2014

      @Matt
      With this first volume I gave backers more than I originally promised in terms of page count and interviewees (526 + 36 compared to a minimum of 300 + 30). This first volume constitutes the entirety of the backer rewards. The only reason I didn't put everything in volume 1 is because it was physically impossible.

      @Damien
      I'm sorry if you misunderstood or I was unclear on how the book would be. I did a search of the project pages and couldn't find the specific example, but I recall someone asking about this point, prior to the campaign ending, and I spoke about the differences in CreateSpace prices for colour and black & white. I would have loved to print in colour, but it would have made the printing costs five times more expensive.

    31. Minoru TODA on August 20, 2014

      Arrived in Japan today :)

    32. Damian Butt on August 20, 2014

      Shame, I thought it was going to be in colour - did I miss that in the original pitch?

    33. Matt Mayatt on August 19, 2014

      Just a quick question, what happens with the other volumes, have we bought those already or will we have to purchase them?

    34. Matt Mayatt on August 19, 2014

      Sorry cheers John, Chris was another Kickstarter entirely :)

    35. Matt Mayatt on August 19, 2014

      Got my book the other day, cheers Chris.

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      Gourdcaptain on August 16, 2014

      Recieved book, somewhat unimpressed with print quality and layout.

    37. Mike Jones on August 16, 2014

      Got mine yesterday. Looks awesome. I've only had a chance to skim read a few pages so far. Looking forward to getting deep in to it over a coffee.

      Nice work John.

    38. JS on August 14, 2014

      Got my book today.

    39. Matt Mayatt on August 12, 2014

      Still no show for mine or my nephews, you would have thought living in the UK we would have got ours a bit quicker than this.

    40. John Szczepaniak Creator on August 6, 2014

      The DVD is available here:
      http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/japandvd/japandvd.htm

      The book itself will be available to everyone, via Amazon, towards the end of August.

    41. Fabio Santana on August 4, 2014

      Hey John! Got mine today and, upon publishing about it in my social profiles, people got very interested in buying the book. Do you have plans to make it available (and the DVDs too) for the general public? Could you detail?

      Thanks and congratulations on the amazing work!

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      Kyle M on August 3, 2014

      Got my book today, sadly it was damaged in shipping, could've used much better packaging imo.

    43. Zeon
      Superbacker
      on August 1, 2014

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

    44. Harley Gresham on July 11, 2014

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

    45. John Szczepaniak Creator on June 1, 2014

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

    46. Ross Foubister on June 1, 2014

      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?

    47. Mayhem on May 31, 2014

      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.

    48. RocK_M on May 29, 2014

      Hmmm..

      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 =/

    49. Mayhem on May 28, 2014

      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: http://versusjs.blogspot.jp/

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