Kickstarter Project 'The Untold History Of Japanese Game Developers' To Document Japan's Gaming Past

The-Untold-History-Of-Japanese-Game-DevelopersDubbed the most ambitious book ever envisioned, John Szczepaniak of Hardcore Gaming 101 has launched a Kickstarter project to document the history behind Japanese video game developers. Set to feature over 30 interviews with past and present industry figures from the Far East, The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers might just be worth your pledge.

While Szczepaniak is quick to compliment prior video game books from the likes of Chris Kohler and David Sheff, he goes on to correctly state that the rich history behind Japan's video game development is seldom documented in English. This unforgivable issue is what he hopes to remedy with his Kickstarter project, one which encompasses an ambitious quest to travel East and sit down in person with Japanese video game pioneers.

Getting comfortable with these developers, however, is only half the task. In order to accomplish this, Szczepaniak is hoping to hire skilled interpreters to bridge the gap between languages before its too late. While the likes of Fukio Mitsuji (Bubble Bobble), Shinya Nishigaki (Climax Entertainment), Kenji Eno (WARP), have all sadly passed away as of recent, there is still a vast array of industry figures with important stories to tell.

To help achieve this dream, Szczepaniak is calling upon the retro gaming community to help fund this publication. We not only believe will this book, should it be realised, provide hours of informative reading, but that it also may potentially become a future school textbook for generations to come.

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Link: The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Kickstarter

Last Updated ( 29 May 2013 )  


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(Link to this comment) Tyron 2013-05-30 13:41
Confused about the funding tier. I'm after the Gold, but one above it talk about the gold edition being sold out.
(Link to this comment) Tyron 2013-06-01 22:20
Just went for the gold edition. This books could be huge, if it's not already too ambitious.
(Link to this comment) Tyron 2013-06-25 14:50
Yay its been funded!!!!!!

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