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Unedited Feed from the JAST USA panel at Otakon 2009. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

23:28:33 <bay|Ota|JAST> (It will be nearly identical to the AX panel, he opened CS3 and changed Anime-Expo to Otakon on the first slide 5 minutes ago)
23:30:20 <bay|Ota|JAST> Let's get started
23:30:27 <bay|Ota|JAST> This is the 2009 _Otakon_ bishoujo game panel
23:30:41 <bay|Ota|JAST> we apologize for not having it officially in the book.. .that would have made sense..
23:30:58 <bay|Ota|JAST> (rips at otakon)
23:31:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> It will be our AX panel...
23:31:28 <bay|Ota|JAST> We're the longest running eroge company.
23:31:28 <bay|Ota|JAST> What are bishoujo games?
23:31:52 <bay|Ota|JAST> Games where you interact with "bishoujo" (beautiful women)
23:31:44 <bay|Ota|JAST> and form relationships... choosing your destiny together
23:32:14 <bay|Ota|JAST> They aren't just sex games.
23:32:21 <bay|Ota|JAST> Who we are
23:32:35 <bay|Ota|JAST> JAST USA founded in 1997, aka Jlist
23:32:47 <bay|Ota|JAST> "The finest web design 1997 had to offer"
23:33:03 <bay|Ota|JAST> Started out selling Jpop music from used CD shops
23:33:27 <bay|Ota|JAST> Where we've been
23:33:29 <bay|Ota|JAST> July 2008-2009 releases
23:33:46 <bay|Ota|JAST> from some people's point of view, (we're rather slow..)
23:33:47 <bay|Ota|JAST> Summer 2009
23:33:51 <bay|Ota|JAST> Amorous Professor Cherry
23:34:05 <bay|Ota|JAST> the last game by the Zyx artist...
23:34:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> This game is basically a teacher sim...
23:34:28 <bay|Ota|JAST> Princess Waltz, Fall 2008
23:34:40 <bay|Ota|JAST> The highest budget game to be translated into english yet.
23:34:46 <bay|Ota|JAST> Princesses who come from another magical country..
23:35:13 <bay|Ota|JAST> Cosplay Fetish Academy, Spring 2009 (barely)
23:35:15 <bay|Ota|JAST> That's been selling really well downstairs
23:35:33 <bay|Ota|JAST> And for our first announcemnt...
23:35:40 <bay|Ota|JAST> Family Project (Kazoku Keikaku) is infact shipping
23:35:44 <bay|Ota|JAST> it went up today
23:35:46 <bay|Ota|JAST> Shipping now!!
23:37:37 <bay|Ota|JAST> Highest rated game on erogamescape
23:37:31 <bay|Ota|JAST> (Trailer)
23:39:58 <bay|Ota|JAST> Where we are
23:39:59 <bay|Ota|JAST> Games currently being worked on
23:40:03 <bay|Ota|JAST> Cat Girl alliance...
23:40:04 <bay|Ota|JAST> starting beta testing
23:40:05 <bay|Ota|JAST> Fall 2009
23:40:23 <bay|Ota|JAST> This is a game where you basically.... customers ask us for weird stuff and we say okay
23:40:39 <bay|Ota|JAST> You basically end up joining the school weird sex club and.... in other news.. the school has a sex club
23:40:41 <bay|Ota|JAST> it will be done in a couple send
23:40:47 <bay|Ota|JAST> Raidg II
23:40:52 <bay|Ota|JAST> Expected release: Winter 2009
23:41:19 <bay|Ota|JAST> The first yuri game we've been able to release
23:41:33 <bay|Ota|JAST> The sequel is a much more involved game
23:41:35 <bay|Ota|JAST> There is a gold economy, towns, etc
23:41:40 <bay|Ota|JAST> will be out before the end of the year
23:41:52 <bay|Ota|JAST> Cleavage, Status: Frozen
23:42:06 <bay|Ota|JAST> They lost the original uncensored graphics. So we're waiting for them to be found.
23:42:08 <bay|Ota|JAST> Moero Downhill Night: The series...
23:42:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> we'll have it soon
23:42:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> It's an initial D racing game with cool graphics....
23:42:54 <bay|Ota|JAST> Cool thing is that the initial D staff did the animation for the first game
23:43:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> (Trailer)
23:44:37 <bay|Ota|JAST> First in a few months..
23:44:41 <bay|Ota|JAST> the third one in the series is a racing game
23:44:45 <bay|Ota|JAST> New series we're releasing
23:44:47 <bay|Ota|JAST> Yukkuri Panic Series
23:45:11 <bay|Ota|JAST> it's basically an arcade game and a short bishoujo game
23:45:13 <bay|Ota|JAST> One more thing...
23:45:21 <bay|Ota|JAST> In 2010, Nitro+ meets JAST usa
23:45:32 <bay|Ota|JAST> we'e been honored to form a relationship with them to bring out their good titles
23:45:46 <bay|Ota|JAST> Nitroplusn english project #1
23:45:48 <bay|Ota|JAST> Demonbane
23:45:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> very famous game that they've made figures of
23:46:12 <bay|Ota|JAST> (trailer)
23:48:53 <bay|Ota|JAST> project #2, Jingai Makyou
23:49:29 <bay|Ota|JAST> trailer
23:50:43 <bay|Ota|JAST> this is a game we should have out by spring 2010
23:50:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> and we have another game that we've already directly discussed with nitro+
23:51:02 <bay|Ota|JAST> one thing we're happy about is we got a lot of feedback from fans
23:51:11 <bay|Ota|JAST> "we want this game or we want that game"
23:51:21 <bay|Ota|JAST> That's our presentatio...
23:51:42 <bay|Ota|JAST> we think that's a step up... these are more mainstreamy
23:51:50 <bay|Ota|JAST> obviously this year, we have some good news for the eroge industry
23:51:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> we're really happy with the warm news online
23:52:02 <bay|Ota|JAST> nitro+ is really happy to be represented by us in the US
23:52:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> they got like one of their pet project
23:53:02 <bay|Ota|JAST> they want to see Saya no Uta released as a movie..
23:52:32 <bay|Ota|JAST> but there will be an english american comic book for it that they want
23:53:18 <bay|Ota|JAST> we're downstairs in 331, so if you want to come by and talk to us
23:53:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> first, let's give away stuff
23:58:32 <bay|Ota|JAST> the last prize is the bible black male stress relief toy....
23:58:56 <bay|Ota|JAST> "like having sex with the animation cel itself"
23:59:05 <bay|Ota|JAST> (a girl won it)
23:59:52 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q&A
23:59:53 <bay|Ota|JAST> No esrb rating?
00:00:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> Basically, on the first few games we brought out, we did it... it was a big headache... we had to wait...
00:00:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> we knew what it was going to be
00:00:21 <bay|Ota|JAST> we've always taken to view that our games are always for adults only
00:00:25 <bay|Ota|JAST> we have a self rating system
00:00:40 <bay|Ota|JAST> we think it's better than the ESRB
00:00:52 <bay|Ota|JAST> a parent will buy a kid an AO game if its on the shelf
00:00:59 <bay|Ota|JAST> and a lot of stores wil carry unrated games but not AO games
00:01:15 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: Get involved in distributing translated H-manga?
00:01:18 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: we do, don't we...
00:01:22 <bay|Ota|JAST> from icarus.
00:01:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> if there is something you want...
00:01:29 <bay|Ota|JAST> email me
00:01:34 <bay|Ota|JAST> there are things we'll consider carrying
00:02:16 <bay|Ota|JAST> (missing question)
00:02:23 <bay|Ota|JAST> soething about games on mac...
00:02:27 <bay|Ota|JAST> they run great on intel macs...
00:02:32 <bay|Ota|JAST> you can run them on parallels or vmware
00:02:47 <bay|Ota|JAST> its one of those things thats such a tiny nitch
00:03:07 <bay|Ota|JAST> there are mac versions so the best advice is just running the min windows system..
00:03:21 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: do they run in wine or ??
00:03:28 <bay|Ota|JAST> they run in the commercial version of wine, crossover
00:03:56 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: Any information about Raidg3?
00:03:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: it's one on the website, we have let them know we are interested
00:04:17 <bay|Ota|JAST> if they release it, we will get it
00:04:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: largest budget on the games on the japan side?
00:04:35 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: don't know.. some of them are really interesting.. really ideosyncratic..
00:04:37 <bay|Ota|JAST> some are just 4 employees
00:04:51 <bay|Ota|JAST> and then you have ones like nitro+00:04:51 <bay|Ota|JAST> and then you have ones like nitr
00:05:05 <bay|Ota|JAST> the bishoujo game companies for the most part make their own game engine
00:05:27 <bay|Ota|JAST> one of the things we've had to learn is to find a game company that is open minded about the world
00:05:56 <bay|Ota|JAST> who wants their games to be played by americans
00:06:02 <bay|Ota|JAST> having issues with some companies now who want to be left alone
00:06:07 <bay|Ota|JAST> those companies don't see the US as a market
00:06:43 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: fan companies?
00:07:00 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: we're willing to work with any groups that are willing to work professionally
00:07:05 <bay|Ota|JAST> we made the decision to embrace anything we can
00:07:41 <bay|Ota|JAST> anything that speeds up things for us, we are happy to embrace
00:07:51 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: any pressure to move to a digital format, getting rid of a hard format?
00:08:20 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: one of our things about our success is we are trying lots of things...
00:08:35 <bay|Ota|JAST> (lost it)
00:09:10 <bay|Ota|JAST> made the decision to make our distribution company
00:09:25 <bay|Ota|JAST> which allows us to get places we couldn't get in before
00:09:31 <bay|Ota|JAST> and we also do direct distribution to our customers
00:09:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> i'm pretty much everywhere on the east coast... we're going to be at NYAF
00:10:12 <bay|Ota|JAST> one thing we've done well is to communicate what our games are to our customers
00:11:20 <bay|Ota|JAST> (talking about other things they've done)
00:11:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: any market in america for non-hentai VNs?
00:12:01 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: before nitro, i would have said im not so sure...
00:12:14 <bay|Ota|JAST> if we were to publish a game, we have the negatives as being an adult game publisher...
00:13:13 <bay|Ota|JAST> however, with the nitro+ games, i'd consider everything
00:13:15 <bay|Ota|JAST> however it depends what it will allow
00:13:28 <bay|Ota|JAST> they want to see good #s on demonbane before chaos;head i'm sure
00:13:34 <bay|Ota|JAST> we want to do 4 of their games per year
00:14:43 <bay|Ota|JAST> how do you (audience) feel about mangagamer
00:15:01 <bay|Ota|JAST> (someone comments about lack of physical copies)
00:17:02 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: is there any market for otome games?
00:17:25 <bay|Ota|JAST> (describing Otome game)
00:17:40 <bay|Ota|JAST> there is a market for it
00:17:47 <bay|Ota|JAST> it depends what we can get and what we think will be good
00:19:16 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: package deals.. figures and software
00:19:24 <bay|Ota|JAST> A: would be nice... but its like taking something from two sides of the world..
00:19:39 <bay|Ota|JAST> with princess waltz, we went and bought copies of the figures
00:19:42 <bay|Ota|JAST> the problem is timing
00:19:59 <bay|Ota|JAST> unfortunately, with the nitro+ games, most of the figures are out of the market
00:20:05 <bay|Ota|JAST> i'm open to whatever it would take to get another run made
00:20:28 <bay|Ota|JAST> we'd be on board for it for the ignus figure
00:21:13 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: you guys have plan for releasing chaos;head
00:20:55 <bay|Ota|JAST> its one we would like to do
00:21:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> basically, its nitro+ and one other company.. .so we have no comment
00:21:09 <bay|Ota|JAST> its up to both of them
00:21:25 <bay|Ota|JAST> it's one of their crown jewels so i don't know if they would be open to it
00:22:08 <bay|Ota|JAST> one good thing about nitro+ is a lot of them have been animated
00:22:38 <bay|Ota|JAST> we'd love to do phantom of the inferno, but the original doesn't have original voice.. and in this day and age
00:23:06 <bay|Ota|JAST> Q: what about nitro games... their BL line..
00:23:12 <bay|Ota|JAST> we haven't been too happy with the two BL games we brought out
00:23:37 <bay|Ota|JAST> we're not saying anything one way or another, but we're open to it
00:24:04 <bay|Ota|JAST> one thing we might do is have a "you have to preorder and we have to have a certain number of pre-orders"
00:24:25 <bay|Ota|JAST> (the shirt says Peter btw)
00:24:27 <bay|Ota|JAST> thank you for coming
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