Latest updates

Final Cover Reveal!

Monday, 10 June 2019

Here is the final, colored cover for the Japanese Obscurities book! We're putting on the final touches and sending it to print very shortly. The schedule has shifted slightly - backers should receive their books in October while the book will be publicly available in November. The pre-order listing is already on Amazon, which you can find here:…

Design sample and other book news

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence since this project completed, but honestly, there hasn't been a whole lot to update, as the text has been completed as of the summer and the design and editing process has begun. The tentative release date is October 3, 2019, though all backers should get their copies about a month before hand.

I've attached one of the design samples as an early preview - please…

Completion of the manuscript and submission to the publisher

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Hi all! Just a quick update on the status of this. I'm getting together the final steps for submitting everything to the publisher. The manuscript has technically been completed for about a month or so, but I've spent the past few weeks collecting and organizing images for use in the book (and polishing up some of the text). One major thing I realized during this process is that some of the box covers…

Funding complete via Kickstarter!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Hi all!

Earlier this week, funding this book was completed via Kickstarter. Of course, if you already pledged via Unbound, then you're already in line to get your copy when it's ready!

As for my progress, the writing is about 95% complete. I still need to do some edits on the text, plus finish gathering some images. I'm also weighing importing some PC games to get some nicer quality cover scans…

Column on HG101 Site and other Updates

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Hi all! It's been awhile but we're still working on this! Pledgers kinda plateued over the past couple months so I've been working on a few things to help generate some more interest.

First, since I've got all of these already completed write-ups just lying around, I figured I'd start posting a handful of them, concentrating on stuff that's not already on the site. I'll be posting them weekly around…

Cover Line Art by by Thor Thorvaldson

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Here's the completed line art for the cover by Thor Thorvaldson! As you can see, there have been quite a few new additions since the sketch was last revealed. I made sure to include a request for the Battlemania / Trouble Shooter gals!

Write-ups: Digan no Maseki and Last Armageddon

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hi everyone,

We've just reached out 20% of the total amount to fund this - huge, absolutely gigantic thanks to everyone who've pledged! - so I figured I'd post a few drafts of some of the other games that will be featured here. I've started with the ones that go with those nice art prints we're featuring, both computer RPGs from the late 80s. As the funding hits more milestones, I'll be post a…

Cover Sketch by Thor Thorvaldson

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Hi everyone!

Thor Thorvaldson, who you may remember as the cover artist for our 200 Best Video Games of All Time and Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 book, has prepared a cover sketch for the Japanese Video Game Obscurities book, shown below:


See how many characters you can name!

Disclaimer though: I'm still waffling on whether to include Wonder Project J or its N64 sequel, so that one…

Tentative List of Featured Games

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Hi all! Since a few people have asked, here's a tenative list of games that are planned to be featured here. Though the writing of the book is about half completed, I'm always swapping titles in and out based on whatever I dig up, so not every title might end up in the book (though all of the ones featured in the video and in the mock-up definitely will).

As the campaign continues, I'll be posting…

Publication date: November 2019
110% funded
751 backers