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Highlight reel from the first Bit Summit held in Kyoto

19 Mar

bit.summit 2013

Independently-developed games are taking the world by storm. Whether on mobile devices, PC, or console, games created by smaller development teams are capturing as much attention as the giant, triple-A games with multi-million dollar budgets. What independent developers may lack in size or resources they make up for in innovation and inspiration. The Western independent gaming scene has been percolating for years, but so too has Japanese independent development been moving steadily towards the future.

BIT.SUMMIT 2013 was the first annual Japanese independent game developer and media summit, held a couple of weeks ago in Kyoto, Japan, with the mission of help the indie Japanese video game developer get his work in front of a global audience. But also to help the Western markets learn about, anticipate, and appreciate Japan’s home-grown video games.

So, how did it went? It’s safe to say it was a massive success! So let’s enjoy an highlight reel video, featuring most of the games revealed at the event.

We really hope this was just the first event of many more!

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The Yoshida-ryo dormitory and its retrogaming beauties

4 Feb

There is a place at the southern edge of Kyoto University’s Yoshida Campus in Kyoto; a century old building called Yoshida-ryo Dormitory. It was first built in 1913 and since then it houses student squatters for ridiculously low rent. No surprise, this place is rubbish and the poorly aged building needs some major restoration works. It’s also the filthiest and dustiest place you’ve probably ever seen. Obviously Kyoto University wants to demolish it and eventually build a new dormitory, but the tenants aren’t of the same mind.

So why are we talking about this shit? How can this be possibly video game related? Use your brain…students living in the same bohemian-like (more anarchy-like) dormitory for ages, generation after generation, since 1913. And we are talking about mainly Japanese students. C’mon, it’s easy! THIS PLACE IS FULL OF VIDEO GAMES LEFT BEHIND BY ALL THE PREVIOUS STUDENTS!

Let’s take a virtual tour! (some pics are taken from Roy Berman‘s article on CNN Travel, and some from this imagur album).

This is the "main" entrance to the building (where are the video games?)

This is the “main” entrance to the building (where are all the video games?)

Et voilà some japanese rhythm game!

Et voilà some japanese rhythm game (mixed with some random stuff)!

Do you need a spare orange GameCube controller?

Do you need a spare orange GameCube controller?

More random retro awesomenesses

More random retro awesomenesses

Is that a Virtual Boy? Oh fuck!

Is that a Virtual Boy? Oh fuck!

Why not a couple of slot machines?

Why not a couple of slot machines?

Coffees, teas, cigrettes and retro consoles...could you wish for better?

Coffees, teas, cigrettes and retro Nintendo consoles…could you wish for better?

Any NTSC-J PS2/PSX game you need? (maybe next time let's take some better pics)

Any NTSC-J PS2/PSX game you need? (maybe next time let’s take some better pics)

Let's see what's in there!

Let’s see what’s in there!

RedBull is good for your overnight game sessions

RedBull is good for your overnight game sessions

Looks cold inside...

Looks cold inside…

Oh look, another drawer

Oh look, another drawer

People build robots while they wait for their turn to play

People build robots while they wait for their turn to play

Best panoramic pic ever

Best panoramic pic ever