A fascinating exploration of the weird and wonderful video games not available to Western audiences
Not all games are released equal. The barrier between language and culture can leave our world divided, and this includes the video games that we get a chance to play. Region Locked is a YouTube series we created to give people an insight into titles that never left their home countries; and now we bring it to you in a book.
See games from your favourite series and developers that you may have never known existed as well as some straight up bizarre creations and trivia. Learn more about games which were never published outside of their native regions; we explore what they are, who made them, and try to provide you with insight into why these games never saw international exposure.
Growing up, we played hundreds of games released in the west, and a few which we barely understood because of a language barrier. At the time we relied on translations created by fans of these games, a hobby in its infancy. Now, thanks to the ever-growing passion of the gaming community, access to many more of the missed gems of our youth and even more recent titles have been unlocked.
Throughout this book you’ll discover games from popular series you may have never known existed, unique titles from your favourite developers which were easily missed, and games which just seem so crazy that you might wonder how the hell they were created in the first place. It features games from all eras and a variety platforms so there’s sure to be something to pique the interest of the casual gamer to the most hardcore.
You may already know a few games which were never released on your home turf, but we’re certain that there are some which even the most avid of gaming fans are unaware of. Masterpieces which are a total mystery as to why they were never translated, and others which are… well… Not so masterpiece-y. But don’t you worry, we’ve played them all, gathered the information you need, and present it to you in this glorious slab of paper and ink. This also gives us the chance to share some of our personal opinions on a few of the games that really stood out to us. And to top it all off, you don’t have to suffer through our best attempts at some of those more challenging pronunciations.
Our provisional list of games to be included, ones in bold have not not been featured in a video. There will be more in the final book...
Altered Beast (PS2), Bahamut Lagoon, Battle Golfer Yui, Bomberman Hardbal, Bushi Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha, Broadcast Satellaview Zelda Games,Captain Rainbow, Cowboy Bebop, Crime Crackers, Door Door, Doki Doki Majo Shinpan, Evil Twin: Cyprien’s Chronicles, E.X. Troopers, Fatal Frame IV, For the Frog the Bell Tolls, Gunple: Gunman’s Proof, Holy Diver, Holy Umbrella: The Reckless Dondera!!, Kaena, Kira Kira Star Night DX, Kuma Uta, Klonoa Beach Volleyball, Live A Live, LSD: Dream Emulator, Mario & Wario, Marvelous: Another Treasure Island, Namco X Capcom, Panekit, 3 Japanese Exclusive Pingu titles, Pokemon Trading Card Game 2, Rakuga Kids, Real Sound: Kaze no Regretv, SEGAGAGA, Genso Suikogaiden: Swordsman of Harmonia, Super Galdelic Hour, Sweet Home, Tales of Destiny 2, Terranigma, The Adventure of Little Ralph, The Firemen, The Mysterious Murasame Castle, Tobal 2, Twin Caliber, Valkyria Chronicles III, Vib-Ripple, Wonder Project J: Machine Boy Pino
The book will be hardback, 320 pages long, 190mm X 184mm with colour throughout. Alongside the text for each of the featured games there will be colour images from the games.
Drafts Are Wild!
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
We've handed in the first draft of the Region Locked book manuscript! Success!!
This isn't the end of the road of course, there's still plenty work that needs to go into this book but this ends our huge effort to compile all of the games we want to include. Guest pieces are in, our opinions compiled, and the words on the page (minus edits) are complete!
Thank you guys so much for…
Thursday, 9 May 2019
We thought we'd give you an update on where we are with the book. We're currently just finishing up our manuscript getting it ready to hand in and that's when the cogs are really going to start turning. At the moment, we're waiting for the last couple of guest pieces to come in and then we're ready to go! We've set ourselves the deadline of the end of May (we still have to make videos…
It's getting so close...
Monday, 18 March 2019
We've hit over 90% in just a matter of weeks! This is absolutely incredible news and it's all thanks to you! It's looking like with one last push we can get this thing funded by the end of the month. Don't forget you can change your tier if you went for the digital version being unsure it would get funded.
There are no words to express how much this means to us and how excited we are to bring you…
Friday, 21 September 2018
We have absolutely smashed the 50% mark in less than 2 months and that, frankly, is incredible.
Thank you so much to everyone for your support! You'll never know quite how much it means to us to have the opportunity to share this with you guys and gals but we still have a long way to go.
We have a big update coming up soon with some pretty exciting news about the book so keep your eyes peeled…
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