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In this simulation game, you play the president of a video game company. Do your best to create a million-selling game and win the Grand Prize in the Global Game Awards.
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Game Flow
First, you'll need to hire some employees. You can start developing a game to earn money, or take contracting jobs and focus on training your staff.
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Research Data
The upper left floppy disk shows your Research Data. Earn more by developing and debugging games. This allows you to level up staff and use boosts.
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If you do a contracted job well, you will get money and Research Data. It's hard to make a lot of money this way, but it doesn't require any capital.
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Game Development 1
First, you have to select a game genre and type. The combination of these will have a big effect on sales. You will need a license to develop for a game console.
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Game Development 2
Next, you need a game proposal. You can ask an employee with scenario writing experience, or outsource it. Your choice affects the game's quality.
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Game Development 3
During development, you'll also have to add graphics and sound. You can use your own staff or outsource these, but using someone too often will tire them out.
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Unlocking More Genres
The higher your staff's job level, the more genres you can develop in. Genres may also be unlocked due to the choices you make in development.
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Unlocking More Types
Depending on a staff member's job, they may unlock new game types during training. Choices you make in development can cause types to level up.
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Game Direction 1
When developing a game, you must choose a game direction. Even games with the same genre and type may sell differently due to their direction.
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Game Direction 2
This also affects your company's reputation and fan base. If a game's genre, type, and direction match, you may be able to level up that genre or type.
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Game Parameters 1
The games you develop all have a set of parameters: Fun affects sales, while Creativity can help make a hit. Graphics and Sound are also very important.
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Game Parameters 2
Bugs are a game developer's worst enemy. Shipping a game with bugs can lead to big problems. Each time you fix a bug, you get Research Data.
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Leveling Up Your Staff
You can use Research Data to level up your staff. This increases their abilities across the board, and may unlock new genres, but it also increases their salary.
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Staff Parameters 1
This is an important all- around parameter. It affects development points and gives bonuses to both proposals and game art.
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Staff Parameters 2
Aids in getting Research Data, and makes it easier to make creative games.
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Staff Parameters 3
■Graphics / Sound
These affect the number of development points you get.
■Energy: Work and training consume Energy. Staff with zero Energy will go home.
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Staff Jobs
Each employee has a job, such as Programmer or Director. Jobs affect an employee's parameters and the genres that may be unlocked during training.
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Changing Jobs
Using a particular item will make it possible for a staff member to change jobs. There are also advanced jobs that are only open to staff of level 5 or above.
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Staff Salaries
When you hire an employee you must pay an initial contract fee. You must also pay them a yearly salary at the end of March. Leveling up increases staff salaries.
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Company Fans
Your fans are divided into age groups, and can affect the sales of your games. Fans age as time passes, so you'll have to try and appeal to new young gamers, too.
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You can increase your fan base by advertising, but some kinds become less effective over time. Putting out good games is the best way to attract more fans.
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You will occasionally be visited by a salesman who sells various items that can improve in-progress games. Some items disappear after you use them.
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Your Own Console
If your company is large enough and has a hardware engineer, you can release your own console. Use your fan base to become the king of the game industry!
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The Key to Creating a Hit
The combination of genre and type are very important. Also, sales tend to spike during the winter holidays, so the timing of a release also affects its success.
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Global Game Awards
A number of prizes are given during these awards, which are held yearly. If you get the Grand Prize, it means that you're one of the pillars of the industry.
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The game “ends” after 20 years have passed. Your total assets at this point will be saved as your high score. However, you can continue playing after this.
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Other Notes
The level that you reached for each game genre and type are carried over from one game to the next. Also, keep an eye out for some secret characters to hire...
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About this game
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