By Jeriaska . October 12, 2008 . 7:15pm
Akihabara is a hub retro games, used consoles and videogame music albums. At the Super Potato store located just a short walk from the JR train station you can find copies of 8-bit era original and arranged soundtracks along with rows of Super Famicom strategy guides.
In terms of online destinations where those who are familiar with Akihabara culture meet to discuss and reinterpret the history of gaming culture, a video sharing service called Nico Nico Douga has been a central hub of activity. Because Nico Nico requires user registration and is entirely in Japanese, many people know about it by way of the site’s music remix videos that find their way on YouTube. In addition, a convenient redirector allows you to search for videos without registering for an account.
On this month’s Nobuooo update video, a look back at recent developments in videogame music, the gaming culture blog Dekunology offers an introduction to Nico Nico Douga. The segment focuses on the remixer Hyadain and his riffs on memorable game tunes. Transitioning from Japan to other territories, the update touches on Siliconera interviews with Tokyo-based DJ Ian Hartley, who contributed to the Final Fantasy Remix album, and Hitomi Shimizu, whose score for Siren Blood Curse serves as the backdrop for an American film crew’s perilous encounter with a cursed Japanese village. The other participants for this episode are Larry Liontamer Oji, who is overseeing the score by OverClocked ReMix for Super Street Fighter II HD Remix, and Kenley of the only podcast solely dedicated to the academic study of videogame music, Into the Score.
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