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Kickstarter (10 days left!) The Untold History of Japanese Video Game Developers

19 June 2013 - 03:03 PM

Hi Everyone,


John Szczepaniak, an editor from Hardcore Gaming 101, Retrogamer, and GamesTM, is going to be writing a new book that focuses on getting a great deal of new information and material from various Japanese developers working in the gaming industry for the last 30 years. His goal is to get as much new material that we never knew about in the most accurate way possible, hiring a professional team of interpreters and translators and going over there to meet and interview many of our favorite Japanese developers face-to-face.


I wanted to pass this along in case there would be any interest in backing this project here, and specifically I've asked to see if he would be able to possibly secure in Interview with Amaya Daisuke as well if this project succeeds and he has told me that Pixel is definitely on a list of developers he would want to interview in this book, so I hope that this project will succeed and I hope that Pixel would agree to do an interview as well because I defintintely feel his comments belong his a book like this.


Anyhow, it's a very interesting project and a noble cause very related to my interests and I'm sure it is related to many of your own interests as well, but he's going to need support if he is to pull it off. I can vouch for this John's work and have been friends with him for a few years now. He's is extremely skilled at researching all kinds of details, so if this thing succeeds it's sure to be a hell of a read and he already has about 40+ developers on board that are interesting in being interviewed and putting him in contact with other game developers for the last 35 years. 


The Untold Story of Japanese Game Developers


Here is some additional information that can be found at the Kickstarter page as well.


Project Aim:

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




"There have been many books on video games, alongside an ocean of interview material. There are, however, few which are in English and focus on Japan. Given the global impact of Japanese video games, and the country's rich history which is seldom documented in English, I feel this needs remedying. While there are plenty of books produced in Japan, seldom are they made available in English.


There are so many Japanese developers from over the decades who have fascinating stories, but they don't have the opportunity to communicate with English speaking audiences. Even sadder, renowned developers continue to pass away, preventing further discussion.


My proposal: enact a solution akin to an ocean-bound icebreaker. I'll fly to Japan in September, hire the best Japanese/English interpreters money can find, and then - using my extensive list of contacts - make stuff happen. Interview as many developers as possible in less than three months, with a focus on undocumented information and developers who have never been interviewed before. Transcribe the English interpretation, then edit, design and create the most extensive, most comprehensive, most ambitious book about video games ever envisioned. This epic tome will contain trivia and stories of Japanese video game history never documented anywhere else in English.


I've interviewed over 100 people in the last 9 years. The list of publications I've written for is extensive, my work extremely popular - one of my articles on The Escapist was Slashdotted. Those who frequently read Retro Gamer or Hardcore Gaming 101 will know my work, and the passion that goes into it. I also have the determination and - most importantly - the industry contacts.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Nintendo's Famicom and the MSX home computer - now is the time to create such a book. If you like the idea, please share it. We just need to get the word out there, and make history. The more backers, the bigger this project can be!


Let's make this happen - let's spread the word."

John Szczepaniak.


Pledge Info:


For a Digital Download pledge £12 or more. A printed copy of the book including international postage requires a pledge of just £25.


Limited edition printed copies, signature editions and DVDs containing photos, audio interview recordings and special video footage can be obtained for pledges ranging from £35 upwards.



The Cave Story Forums and Tribute Site Are Moving

27 September 2010 - 09:40 PM

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to officially announce that the Cave Story Tribute Site and the Cave Story portion of the forums are now under new ownership and will be moving away from MG.Net.

The new owner, administrator and webmaster is Andwhyisit, who has purchased his own server space and vBulletin forum.

Very soon, he and I will be closing the forum down in order to rebuild it over at the new site. When that is done and everything has been verified to be working correctly at the new site, Miraigamer forums will reopen with the Cave Story Tribute Site content removed.

This is a very good thing to happen for this community as I have nothing but respect for Andwhyisit's work here, (as well as S.P. Gardebiter's administration) and on the website and I feel that he will surely continue to make the Cave Story Tribute Site that much better going forward. I've moved on in my life and I do not have any additional time that I can utilize here regarding something as large to follow as the Cave Story community. I'm glad to have started this place, but to be truthful, I'm equally glad to see this community move on to greener pastures as I simply do not have time to manage or upkeep it going forward.

Please keep in mind that we will be closing the forums to the public for an indefinite amount of time until we are completely ready to reopen. So please use this time to backup what you may need before the forum is closed and reopened.

My apologies for any inconveniences in downtime that this may cause some of our other guests who also share the forum, namey, the Zelda3C project and Darkside translations. Please be assured that while the Cave Story content is moving, you all are more than welcome to continue using MG.net as a home for your gaming projects.



*Read First* Threads about Hacking Cave Story for WiiWare

12 April 2010 - 10:32 PM

It has come to my attention that several threads and discussions have opened up in the Cave Story Hacking/Mods sections regarding hacking into the WiiWare version of the game and releasing pirated content for use on the PC.

I do not condone of these actions in the least as not only is it a subject of piracy and distribution of commercial intellectual property, but in general it is highly disrespectful of Pixel-san. Posts and threads of any kind of this nature of distributing or hacking the Cave Story WiiWare content should be removed immediately or the following will happen:

1. Threads will be permanently deleted
2. Members who start and/or heavily contribute to discussions regarding this subject will be banned.
*3. If this is not controlled, there will be no Cave Story modding/hacking sections any more. I don't want to pick on the modders and hackers out there, but ultimately it is this very hacking/modding scene left unchecked that has led to this very issue.

I'm not kidding folks, this is wrong to do and many of you already know this. I'm quite ashamed to see a site that was started as a tribute site to Pixel-san and Cave Story, used as a method of distributing pirated content that not only hurts Pixel-san himself, but any future commercial endeavors he may pursue one day.

Again, if this cannot be controlled, then this forum will only have a section open for the discussion about the game without mods or hacks being a part of it.

Cave Story for PC and various Emus are freeware and are okay to distribute, but anything belonging within Cave Story for WiiWare is a commercial property. There is a difference between the two and everyone needs to understand that.

That's all I've got to say about that.


MG Hacked

13 April 2009 - 04:29 PM

Earlier this morning Mirai Gamer Forums was hacked and the index page was reset to show the hacker's signature. Someone who called himself "Red Devil".

Not sure if it was just someone who wanted to see if they could hack the forum, or if it was someone who intends to do it again. In any case, things are at least for the moment back to normal again, but it is advised at least for the time being to backup anything you may consider current, recently posted or important in case this sort of event happens again.

MG Forums operates on a vBulletin forum which are supposed to be one of the securest forums on the web, but even vBs can be hacked apparently if someone wants badly enough to do it.

Fortunately the database appears to be unaffected, so after a fresh reinstall of the newest version of the vB software, here we are again.


Get Equipped with YouTube Shot!

02 April 2009 - 08:07 PM

So we now have a Youtube BB Code installed now:

There's a button on the side that you can click on to use the code, or you can simply enclose the youtube filename (*NOT THE ENTIRE URL LINK!) in a BB Code bracket for [ YOUTUBE ] [ /YOUTUBE ].

So for example, the movie above was displayed with the following code:

[ YOUTUBE ]xKNguyctayI[/ YOUTUBE ]



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