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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
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Back from my Keynote Speech!

Posted by John Szczepaniak (Creator)

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. There were multiple speakers, including Philippe Ulrich, the creator of Captain Blood, and fellow book writer Tristan Donovan, author of Replay.

It was an honour to speak at the symposium and be recognised by academia as an expert in the field of Japanese games. It really does feel worth it, and I will continue to strive as I have done. It was also a fantastic opportunity to show people the proof copy that I'd had printed. Everyone loved it. The gentleman in the attached photo, Dr Martin Picard, was extremely enthusiastic having read several chapters.

Now begins the work of correcting the formatting errors.

I was going to edit together video files from the symposium and upload it, but I left my camera on the MOV setting, and Windows Movie Maker refuses to load MOV files. I tried converter programs, but with 45 minutes of videos coming in at 22 gigabytes of data, that's just not feasible. So... there you go. Another technological mishap. I'm afraid photos are all I have. If I had the time I'd do a full write up on the other talks, because they were most fascinating. There's a lot of really good research being done on games history around the world.

More updates as they develop.

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    1. Senchaholic on

      Isn't Handbrake for Mac?

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      Carl Salbacka on

      Handbrake is also an incredibly reliable (and speedy) program for converting video---and it's free! Though with files of that size, you're still gonna be sitting around a while.

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      denpanosekai on

      Now this pisses me off. I live right downtown Montreal and I haven't heard of this symposium until now. Not a peep on reddit or any social media I follow. Very disappointed. Would have loved to meet you in person.

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      Florian on

      I'm sure there is a way to handle your files. I recommend you take a look at ffmpeg. I guess you will have only one type of file and you want all of them to be converted to one single other format, so you might get good advice asking in some forum where the appropiate people hang out when asking specific questions. These programs often seem to have gajillions of options but ready-made recipes/commandlines can be found.

    5. William Anderson on

      John, why don't you go to the Adobe website and download a free trial of Premiere?