Welcome to our campaign for Japansoft: An Oral History – Read-Only Memory’s first book funded on Volume! Our book will be a pseudo-sequel to our 2015 publication Britsoft, a condensed and re-edited compilation of John Szczepaniak’s three volume series The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers, with brand new additional interviews, illustrations and archive content.
We were delighted to see the project receive such an enthusiastic response – we’ve been speaking with John about potential collaborations since he released his first book, so to be publishing a digested and enhanced version of his incredible research is a real honour for us. Our editor, Alex Wiltshire (Edge, Minecraft Blockopedia), will be crafting an extremely lean edit of the material, embracing the presentation style we established with Britsoft in which the voices of interviewees are interwoven on the page – the result will be a definitive and beautifully designed account of the early Japanese video game industry.
As you’ll have seen from the layouts on our campaign page, we’ve done a lot of work already, planning out in detail exactly how the book will be designed and structured – our plan is to group interviewees by developer, so the overlapping voices offer a snapshot of the ambitions and working styles of companies such as Sega, Nihon Falcom, Enix and Capcom.
Over the coming months, as Japansoft takes shape, I’ll be sharing previews of the interview texts and the varied visual aspects of the book, including stunning advertisement graphics from the time, archive photography, and bespoke illustrations of the hardware of the era by Hugo Timm of Julia.
I look forward to sharing our development process with you as the book comes together. For now, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your pledge and for playing a part in making our idea into a reality. We’ll be working hard to deliver another top quality Read-Only Memory publication on perhaps one of the most pivotal and creative moments for the videogame industry.
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