In spite of some rare game editions that Eastern Mind has featured in the past, there is nothing so special about a game, as a collector’s item, as a small touch from its author. The following games and game related materials all share one thing: they have been personally signed by their authors before being sent to me, which makes them extremely rare and valuable items, especially because of my admiration for the authors providing the signatures. Today is an especially good day for this post since the sky is wonderfully blue with the occasional and very timid cloud hovering above.
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Gadget is a game whose eerie atmosphere has captivated me from the first instant. It is simply one of the strongest examples of how a simple and straightforward experience can arouse the player’s interest more than openly interactive games with few or no substance. Its soundtrack, composed by Koji Ueno, is a highly influential piece of music that has provided a valuable contribution in making Gadget one of the most memorable games ever designed.
As the subtitle “Quasymphonic Movements and Noise Montages” describes, the piece is composed of anarchic electronic sounds that can produce powerful soundscapes. Apart from the random electronic sounds, this disk also features some orchestral pieces, of unpredictable percussion patterns, such as the ones that can be heard in the opening themes. It was a pleasure to be able to reach Ueno-San and have him send me this item that, even without the signature, would already be considered ultra-rare at present.
The original soundtrack to D2, signed by Kenji Eno himself.
D2 is one of the most influential horror games of its day, one that was never released in Europe for some reason. The themes within the CD were all composed by Eno himself, consisting of synthesized music that provides a dark mood for the already unsettling scenario of the game, the Canadian wilderness. In the bottom picture is the whole game collection consisting of the three Japanese editions: Hope, Eclipse and Bliss
Real Sound: Kaze no Regret (or The Wind’s Regret). This is the original Saturn edition of the famous WARP sound novel consisting of four CDs. At a certain point of his like, Kenji Eno met with a group of blind people who expressed how inaccessible games were to them. With a keen eye for innovation, Eno decided to create a sound novel that could be played with a blank screen and no use of visual elements.
Because this artist and game designer had a passion for making each of his game editions memorable, Real Sound included some unique features: there is a Braille message embossed in a card; instead of a booklet, the manual consists of separate paper cards, each with a different image of a blue sky and the instructions on the back; and possibly the most surprising bonus of all, the plant seeds that come in a minute package. Possibly because of the beautiful blue sky and white cloud pictures, the careful selection of color tones and the unusual packaging, Real Sound is without a doubt one of my favorite game editions ever.
Years after the original Saturn release, not long before the demise of WARP, Eno decided to once again release his Real Sound game, this time for SEGA’s new console. This early Dreamcast title is very similar to the original, packaged with the same plastic sleeve with the image of clouds protecting the CD box proper, including similar instruction manual in the shape of postcards and the same seed packet bonus. However, this release is compressed in only two GD-Roms and there is also the inclusion of an exclusive addition: the D2 Shock disk, a preview of the (then) unreleased sequel to D.
When D2 Shock is played, a unique save file is stored in the VMU. When running any of the D2 game versions, that file unlocks a secret video containing all the known footage of the original D2 game for Panasonic’s M2 - one of the most popular unreleased games ever.
I wish to thank Eno-Sama for autographing my games, and for turning these valuable game editions into priceless items that I cherish so much.