vol. 1 ISHII Yoshio

webgame creator interview vol.1 Yoshio ISHII

4. "HOSHI SAGA" and "HOSHI SAGA 2" first part

HOSHINO

Talking about acceptance,"HOSHI SAGA" gained a huge popularity compared with "Panchira".
"HOSHI SAGA" was talked in various ways on mixi and etc..
It was pretty long time ago, wasn't it?

ISHII

Yes, it was. Around in September last year. screenshot

HOSHINO

Let's take a look at comments.
Was the comment of "fuck you" really typed "fuck you" ?

ISHII

"Fuck you" was "fuck you" .

HOSHINO

As it was.

ISHII

I haven't deleted those comments and just leave them like "fuck you".

HOSHINO

They are so international. There are some Korean(Hangul).
Oh, That's "HOSHI SAGA 2".

ISHII

I started using a server rental service from "HOSHI SAGA 2".

HOSHINO

Wow.

ISHII

"HOSHI SAGA" brought down the server.

HOSHINO

Hmm, Did your service provider stop the server transaction ?

ISHII

Yeah. They stop the server if it has too much access.

HOSHINO

How much access did "HOSHI SAGA" have when it was most accessed ?

ISHII

The traffic was about 24GB for one day.

HOSHINO

The traffic was forced to be stopped at that time, so you couldn't see the traffic to come after that. Right?

ISHII

Nope.

HOSHINO

I think it's a cash cow, isn't it ?

ISHII

It was. But not now.

HOSHINO

By the way, can you say which content is a cash cow now ?

ISHII

There is not much earnings in whole.

HOSHINO

Oh, but...I should hold back from talking about money.(laughs)

ISHII

Very severe. Especially in March.

HOSHINO

Oh, Really ?
Oops.

ISHII

Oops.

HOSHINO

But you paid rather much money for the server, didn't you.
Was your payment balanced out ?

ISHII

Squeezed through.
I expected good earnings and rented the server last year.
It's getting hard nowadays.

HOSHINO

Then, you need another content, don't you.(laughs)
You need "HOSHI SAGA 3"...

ISHII

...to be developed.(laughs) photo

HOSHINO

Oh, damn. Maybe you are facing with a dilemma of the big title.(laughs)

ISHII

But I was going to develop three series from the beginning.

HOSHINO

Oh, really ?
So, Are you saving up the ideas still now ?

ISHII

Even I haven't developed though, all the ideas are ready.

HOSHINO

Do you keep your ideas on a notebook ?

ISHII

Yes, I do.

HOSHINO

Wow.
Including "HOSHI SAGA 3", how your ideas come up ?

ISHII

Just use my head if it kills me.

HOSHINO

Oh, so, not waiting for the time you hit the ideas...

ISHII

I sit in front of the screen, and start up FLASH for thinking.

HOSHINO

You work on ideas actually using FLASH, don't you ?

ISHII

Yeah. With running FLASH and trying various FLASH tools in order to see the mouse movement or dragging actions.
That's the way I do.

HOSHINO

I see.
Indeed, I had my first impression that "HOSHI SAGA" was basically developed by the functions and possibilities of FLASH.
Based on what FLASH can work, you seemed to have tried how it became a game.

ISHII

Yes.
When I started developing this title, FLASH8 got a new feature of filtering.
So effects like feathering, a drop shadow, additive synthesis for blending feature became available.
I just thought that creating small contents could be trials for the new features.

HOSHINO

I see.
Which one is your push ?
I haven't completed all the stages of "HOSHI SAGA" here (Notebook PC).(laughs)
I completed all on the desktop over there.
So please move a little and take a seat here.
Both "HOSHI SAGA" and "HOSHI SAGA 2" were completed on this desktop.

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Game plots or strategies will be revealed.
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ISHII

I say by myself that this one (STAGE 34) has a nice idea.
Difficulty is also in a right range. I think it's a good game. screenshot STAGE34

HOSHINO

It's interesting to see that outside created first then inside comes later.
At first, we wonder what it is.
You know, every stage has the same appeal, but this STAGE 34 has especially strong WHAT IT IS appeal.

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How about the erotic one ?(laughs)

ISHII

This erotic one (STAGE 26) is good.
I think this is... nice. screenshot STAGE26

HOSHINO

(laughs)
The other day, I observed someone playing this stage and he was playing the game for the first time.
He looked very embarrased under someone's eyes.(laughs)

ISHII

(laughs)
This is pleasing.
It took me long time for this (movement for pulling a breast part of the bikini).
I took time for this, there is no star though.

HOSHINO

At any rate, people will fist look for it from the breast.

ISHII

This one became an issue on the comments of foreign blog.

HOSHINO

Really ! Why ?

ISHII

They say the tattoo on the ladies lower tummy is detrimental to education.

HOSHINO

(laughs) Wow.
They are naggy.
Do they draw complaint directly to you ?
Won't they use the comment field ?

ISHII

They used the comment field on a foreign blog.

HOSHINO

I see.
That's fine.
It must be awful if you had a direct call.
How do they know my number ? Scary...

ISHII

No way.
And I like the endings of first "HOSHI SAGA".

HOSHINO

Endings are great, aren't they ?

ISHII

I took very long time to develop only for the endings.

HOSHINO

(laughs)
It may be strange to say, but those endings are very neat.
Also I love the STAGE 35 where a light turned on. screenshot STAGE35

ISHII

This one was also developed earlier.
This stage is pretty difficult.

HOSHINO

At first sight, we can't figure out.

ISHII

I know you can't figure out.

HOSHINO

It was phosphorescence, in fact.
Interesting.
How many seconds, by the way ?
I won't show on the article.(laughs)

ISHII

I wonder how many. Was it XX seconds ?

HOSHINO

It was xx seconds.
I love this one (STAGE 33) too. screenshot STAGE33

ISHII

This one became difficult after putting a line gathering effect.

HOSHINO

Yeah, I see. I see.

ISHII

I started it for three dimensional, but I found that it's more difficult to move flat surface
than to move three dimension. Because it's hard to guess.
I think this is the toughest stage.

HOSHINO

But the difficulty level is shown as 3 and half.
It's also a nice choice.

ISHII

(laughs)
Even I, creater of this game didn't notice the difficulty at first.
Everyone says it's so hard that I found it tough.

HOSHINO

Do you release your game open to the public without trial play by others than yourself ?

ISHII

Yes.

HOSHINO

After releasing, you do just a bug fix ?

ISHII

Yeah. Bug fix plus, I changed the balance for this (STAGE 30).
Since many people couldn't complete. screenshot STAGE30

HOSHINO

Actually it was a little hard.
This one must be difficult without serious key touch.

ISHII

I changed the specification only for this to increase the playing time with the number of play.
So, it became the one that anyone can complete.

HOSHINO

I see. It can be completed if you played many times.
How about "HOSHI SAGA 2" ?

(Interviewer: 0stage, HOSHINO Ken'ichi)

Links
- "HOSHI SAGA"
- "HOSHI SAGA 2"
- comments of "HOSHI SAGA"
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