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People Involved In JGC

An alphabetical list of people worth relevant to Japanese game culture.

Game Studies

A list of people research games and game culture in Japan and abroad

Baba, Akira
First President of DiGRA Japan, Baba is a professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies ( and a member of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. His Babalab has a site at (Japanese)
Galbraith, Patrick W.
Author of the Otaku Encyclopedia, Galbraith has also written scholarly articles on the Maid Café phenomenon and Akihabara. He is a journalist in Japan who is one of the best interpreters of otaku culture in English. For his background see .

Game Designers and Industry People

Miyamoto, Shigeru
Lead game designer at Nintendo who was responsible for such hits as Donkey Kong and Zelda. Possibly the most famous game designer ever. See


Takashi, Murakami
Artist who draws on Japanese pop culture and comments on it.
Tezuka, Osamu
A manga and anime pioneer who reinvented the industry after the war. See

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