Right, so I’ve been living in my flat for a year now. Probably about time I plaster posters and other paper-based junk over every last square inch of my bedroom, like any dedicated games loon.
Most of the posters I have to hand at the moment are from my travels in Japan. I do have plenty more in storage up in Scotland, which I should hopefully be collecting soon. Then you will see what hoarding looks like. Eep.
SEGA Mega Drive print
This A1 print was masterfully designed by the folks over at megadrive.me, and it’s one of my most prized wall mountings. Or, y’know… it will be once I find a frame. Time to scour the local charity shops methinks.
I bought it what must be yonks ago now, but as a SEGA fanatic I just had to pick one up. I think there are some of the 100 print run left if it looks up your straße.
Tokyo Game Show 2014 poster
Ever since my first Tokyo Game Show in 2008, which was the first game show I’d been to outside of the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment festival, I absolutely fell in love with the show.
Hell or high water, I go back to Japan every year for TGS. Apart from 2013, when I was hopelessly unemployed. Just like I am now.
I have since also picked up the TGS 2015 poster, but I much prefer this lovely cyberlady. Each TGS gets its own character, as well as a wonderfully obtuse theme. 2014’s was “Changing Games: The Transformation of Fun.”
These were available in the press room at TGS. Word of advice if you ever want to nick one: don’t ask permission; just take it and run off. Once you’re told “no” in Japan there’s no coming back from it.
Ryu ga Gotoku (Yakuza) poster
I believe I picked this up from a game store in central Mie-ken back in 2010 when I was filming a short for a film festival.
There was a stack of discarded posters in the corner, and after a word with the manager I rifled through it to pick out some choice wall tat.
I love this as it depicts the setting of the first Yakuza game, Kamuro-cho, which is based on one of my favourite areas in Japan, Kabuki-cho.
Yeah, it’s essentially one of the Red Light Districts, but it’s also the most neon-lit place in Tokyo. You may have seen it in the opening of Lost in Translation.
Fun fact: In real life, Don Quijote, the discount store on the corner of Kabuki-cho usually has a giant ad for the latest Yakuza game.
That other SEGA Mega Drive print
Yes, another Mega Drive print. This is a much more recent pickup from earlier in 2015 that came with the £80 and £250 tiers. I went for the latter, natch, as it came with a beautiful hard-bound copy of the book as well as a bonus signed Naoto Oshima print.
I think I bought this around the time I was unemployed after coming back from working in Japan, which probably explains why I couldn’t afford to fly back out for TGS.
Darren Wall and Keith Stuart’s Kickstarter-backed SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works is very much recommended for any SEGA fans out there who haven’t read about it already. I believe there are a dozen or so hardback copies left to buy too.
Hiroshi Fujioka poster
“Who’s that jarringly handsome Japanese dude?” I hear you ask. Why, it’s Hiroshi Fujioka, not only one of the original Kamen Riders, but also the undisputed mother trucking King of SEGA adverts, Segata Sanshiro!
Picked this up in a shop in central Akihabara that primarily focused on edible omiyage (souvenirs), which has sadly closed down since.
The shopkeeper was so surprised by how enamoured I was with the poster that he told me Fujioka-san himself would be in town the following week for a signing. However, every time I go to Tokyo I spend every last yen I have, so there was no way I could afford that. Next time.
Video Games Live! 2009-2010 World Tour poster
Hey, we’ve come full circle. Covering Video Games Live‘s Japanese show was my first gig for Ready Up, and I had a whale of a time. I remember being very nervous, and feeling out of place and awkward about going backstage.
I remember catching Akira Yamaoka‘s eye, having him approach me, then warmly inviting me backstage. All the big names in video game music were back there chatting away to one another. It was just ridiculous.
Check out the article in question from way back when over here.
What are your most prized pieces of tat? Let me know in the comments below!