Interview with Prof. Koichi Hosoi, Deputy Director of the ARC, on the 10th Anniversary of the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS) featured in Ritsumeikan University's Research Report RADIANTSeptember 30, 2022(Fri)
A special feature on the 10th anniversary of the Ritsumeikan Center for Games Studies (RCGS) has been published in Ritsumeikan University's Research Report 'RADIANT', issue #18.
As part of the report, Professor Koichi Hosoi, Deputy Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), gave an interview reflecting on the early days of his game research around 15 years before the RCGS was established, as well as discussing the social impact of games, the acceleration of the metaverse amid COVID-19, and future directions for game research.
Professor Hosoi took on a pioneering role when he founded the Game Archive Project (GAP)--a collaboration between Kyoto Prefecture, Nintendo, and Ritsumeikan University--at a time when few people at university were interested in games as an industry. The purpose of the GAP was to organize and digital-archive games and game-related materials of the past, and the project paved the way for the establishment of the RCGS.
Furthermore, Professor Hosoi draws on the significant role of the late Professor Masayuki Uemura, the lead architect of Nintendo's Family Computer and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Professor Uemura, appointed to Ritsumeikan University in 2004, not only served as the first director of the RCGS in 2011 but also led research projects on Japanese traditional performing arts at the ARC, including a digital archive of Noh chants called 'yokyoku' that led to the creation of digital games.