There have been a lot of video game related Kickstarters, but John's has to be one of the most ambitious. He intends to fly to Japan, hire interpreters, and interview as many developers as possible. Then transcribe the English and produce a book using this material. He breaks down the costs on the page, explaining how it will be spent. He has also already accrued an impressive list of keen interviewees, despite only launching the project recently. These include a mixture of known developers, and those who are less known, but have been involved in some important games and ventures.
For anyone who regularly reads Retro Gamer, Hardcore Gaming 101, or various other magazines, you'll recognise his work, and his passionate obsession for Japanese games and - significantly - their history and the people behind them.
He explains that this year is the 30th anniversary of Nintendo's Famicom and MSX home computer. How appropriate, because it was roughly 9 years ago, after the Famicom's 20th anniversary, that John wrote one of his first articles, for what was then known as NTSC-uk, now known as Bordersdown. This project, as an example of bridging those borders, is exactly the sort of thing that warms our cockles.
Please check out his Kickstarter page. There has been huge interest thus far and it would be amazing to see the project completed.
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