Kickstarter Project: The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers by John Szczepaniak.

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By Guillian

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07-09-2013, 18:43

@Szczepaniak
In Hydlide ROM there is a message from Mr. Kato asking to contact him if some finds how the password/codes system works.
I reverse engineered the Z80 code and examined how the encoding and decoding password rutine works.
So I found out what was the meaning of all bits in the password/code, and made a simple tool to generate those passwords.
I thought it would be nice to contact Mr. Kato. I think he will be surprised someone have found it 30 years later.
Thanks in advance for helping me!

By Szczepaniak

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26-11-2013, 17:10

I'm back. I asked Mr Naito about Mr Kato's message, and he mentioned that for that version he was not the programmer and wasn't involved. He was surprised though - it's the first he's heard of it. Then he shared some secret messages of his own which he hid in a normally inaccessible sector on a PC-88 disk.

Lots of interviews.

Plus, for the DVD, I took some video footage of one of the first MSX 1 prototype systems. Apparently they made around 200 prototypes. A big circuit board with keyboard attached and no casing.

Oh, and I was given an "Issue 0" of a Japanese MSX magazine. I need to dig it out of my files, but if it's interesting I'll try to take a few scans.

No time to go into a lot of detail, I've got interviews to transcribe, but as I go through them I'll try to post MSX related info. Smile

By snout

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26-11-2013, 17:27

Welcome back, John. Great to hear from you again. Good luck with the hard work ahead!

By Guillian

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26-11-2013, 17:58

Thanks, John. It is a pity you could not contact Mr. Kato.
Anyway, great work and looking forward for your next post Wink

By RamonMSX

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11-05-2014, 21:00

A couple of days ago, I received the 2 DVD's that were added as an extra to the book. I believe the book should arrive some time in june. The DVD's contain a lot of great footage. For example, I enjoyed the demonstration of the pixel editor they used for Gandhara. Most interesting for us MSX users is probably the prototype MSX, and the graphics and game designs for Aleste Gaiden. Overall I really enjoyed the DVD's, even though it's more like a travel home video then an actual documentary. Thanks John!

By mohai

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11-09-2018, 12:42

Hello.
Sorry to bring back such an old thread.
I was curious about this book. It is very hard to find now and expensive too.
I found out that a "gold" version exists, together with volume 2 and 3.
Did anybody get those?
What is the difference between first edition and gold edition?
Regarding MSX stuff, do volume 2 and 3 worth it?

By Psygnosis8

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17-09-2018, 16:40

mohai wrote:

Hello.
Sorry to bring back such an old thread.
I was curious about this book. It is very hard to find now and expensive too.
I found out that a "gold" version exists, together with volume 2 and 3.
Did anybody get those?
What is the difference between first edition and gold edition?
Regarding MSX stuff, do volume 2 and 3 worth it?

Did volume 3 even come out? I found volume 1 and 2 extremely enjoyable and fascinating, but from what I remember they talk more about the PC-88 than anything else. Correct me if I’m wrong.

By Avkooi

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17-09-2018, 18:37

Volume 3 did come out, even in 2 versions: black and white and a colour print!

You can read more about the contents on Hardcore Gaming 101 and they have an Amazon link to buy the book: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/books/the-untold-history-of-japanese-game-developers-volume-3/

In my opinion, the third book has the most relevant MSX information of the 3 books, because of the interviews with developers from Konami (about MGS2SS), Compile (about a lot of games, like Zanac, Disc Station, Golvellius, Aleste, Guardic etc.), Falcom (Dragon Slayer, Xanadu, Sorcarian).

By Psygnosis8

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18-09-2018, 06:17

Avkooi wrote:

Volume 3 did come out, even in 2 versions: black and white and a colour print!

You can read more about the contents on Hardcore Gaming 101 and they have an Amazon link to buy the book: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/books/the-untold-history-of-japanese-game-developers-volume-3/

In my opinion, the third book has the most relevant MSX information of the 3 books, because of the interviews with developers from Konami (about MGS2SS), Compile (about a lot of games, like Zanac, Disc Station, Golvellius, Aleste, Guardic etc.), Falcom (Dragon Slayer, Xanadu, Sorcarian).

Aaaaand purchased! I haven’t visited hg101 in awhile which is probably why I missed out on this. Only the monochrome version was available, unfortunately. Love these books!!

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