On September 29th (Sat), I went to
the International conference hall inside
Waseda University’s comprehensive academic information
center in Takadanobaba, Tokyo.
We received a society award (industrial art) from
Japan Information-Culturology Society.
It’s been more than 20 years since I last
received a testimonial, but it was as gratifying
as it was when I was young.
Then, I gave a 30-minute speech, entitled
‘The Information Culture Of Pokemon.’
I was nervous in front of many distinguished
scholars, but I felt it necessary to let them know
about Pokemon’s history and its position in today’s
society. So I started from there.
I talked about such topics as …
* Pokemon was originally a video game.
* In Pokemon, we’re striving to let players feel
real instead of presenting realistic visual images.
* The world of Pokemon is based on Japanese culture
but various other cultures are also added and mixed.
* Each Pokemon has its own individual information.
* Players raise their Pokemon from its infant level so
that it becomes more different from any other Pokemon.
* Looked from the informational viewpoint, almost
every Pokemon is different from others.
* At present, those Pokemon are being traded between
total strangers all over the Earth.
* In just one month in August, 1.4 million
people traded Pokemon all over the world.
* Information exchange between strangers around the
globe is probably the world’s first.
* By translating mail automatically, players are
experiencing cultural exchanges.
* Now we have a website called Pokemon GTS.
I tried to explain the act of trading worlds in
terms of information culture.
I talked about these topics using videos and
Power Point, and many attendees seem to be
interested both in video games and in Pokemon.
I’m really relieved. It was well worth my efforts!
The fact was that I was asked to give a speech
just two weeks ago, and I didn’t know whether
I could do it or not because there wasn’t much
time for preparation. But I said I’d do it because
I wanted to make more and more people understand
what video games are and what Pokemon is.
I’m glad to hear that my speech was received
It was a really good experience.
Professor Katagata, Professor Sakamoto of Miyagi
University, thank you very much!