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Thanks to YouTube page Shenmue Dojo, an apparently rare 13 minute documentary (above) has been released that reveals many details on the development of Dreamcast title Shenmue. This video originally aired at the premiere of the game and it provides an interview with creator Yu Suzuki about the development of this influential title. As you may be aware, Fred recently played Shenmue for the first time in a series of live streams that are now available as well as a review that has garnered a mixed response. Whether you agree or not, it’s always good to get more information on game development.
The life simulator genre is quite popular in Japan, but it seems that every time it makes its way to America or Europe, the titles are mostly seen with contempt. A handful of games have transcended the trip from the East to the West, but these titles have appeared more recently save for the one standout: Shenmue. Originally planned as an AM2 title for the Saturn led by Yu Suzuki, Shenmue ended up being a near-launch Dreamcast game that was seen as an influential powerhouse for gamers of the time. It now sits as one of those games that is only appreciated by the smaller avid fan community, but looking back at reviews almost every outlet that existed in 2000 loved it. Although it has now been 15 years since its release – and despite the fact that until recently I had never played it – Shenmue‘s draw, attributes, and puzzling attraction are just as present now as they were the day it released.
Fred has never played Shenmue and wants to see what all the fuss is about after the announcement of Shenmue 3. Each day, he and a few great viewers delve into this long title for approximately one hour in a quest to complete it and see what it has to offer. These recordings are from nightly livestreams on twitch.tv/gh101 every night in July at midnight Eastern (5:00 am GMT). This playlist and post will update automatically as a playlist on YouTube. Until the game is completed there will be no future posts, feel free to head to the YouTube channel or simply search “Shenmue” on our site to find it.