Gumpei Yokoi 横井 軍平

Discussion in 'Gaming Pioneers: Tributes' started by ASSEMbler, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    Most of us remember the tragic death of Yokoi-san and
    the deafening silence regarding the passing of this giant
    innovator.

    The man invented the D-pad and was the father of the Game
    Boy. 120 million game boys have been sold, yet no monument
    exists for him.

    Our point of view is that Yokoi-san did not vanish that day
    in Ishikawa, and that the children who once enjoyed his
    inventions are now older and appreciative.

    Gumpei Yokoi is the first project of the ASSEMblergames.com
    tribute project.

    The intention is to create a bronze plaque bearing tribute to
    Yokoi-san. This would be loaned out to libraries and museums
    for display, as well as displayed at game conventions.

    Any ideas are welcomed.
     
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  2. feder

    feder Gutsy Member

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    It's a very interesting idea, but i've never done something like this before, so I really don't know where to start.
     
  3. cyberguile

    cyberguile Dauntless Member

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    This is a great idea.
    How about a game and watch shaped bronze plaque ?

    This is a great idea !
    How about a game and watch shaped bronze plaque ?
     
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  4. Herman

    Herman Spirited Member

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    Its scanned and its ready to be sent over. Just tell me when and
    where to deliver it to.

    Will you be needing a higher res jpeg of Gunpei's signature than
    the one I posted above, kammedo ? Lemme know and i'll send it over.
     
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  5. jugems cloud

    jugems cloud Active Member

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    amazing idea.

    i think a mr game and watch statue would be nice along with the plaque, or maybe a sculpture of the original ball game and watch machine.

    anyone have an idea of what if any machines/games/characters Yokio designed for game and watch, rather than just the concepts for the machine and the idea of the d pad?
     
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  6. kammedo

    kammedo and the lost N64 Hardware Docs

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    Yes, definitely. Don't worry, once the case is ready we can follow up with it.
     
  7. Herman

    Herman Spirited Member

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    Sure thing...
     
  8. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    I need some good pics of him.

    I am going to commission a local artist to make a scale bust of him, and
    if we get enough interest I will have small bronze busts cast.

    The money from the sale will go to charity in his name.

    What do you think?
     
  9. Tchoin

    Tchoin Site Patron

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    Sounds good!

    With a good hi-res picture of his signature I can make a vectorial trace of it if you want to include it in the plaque with his name, if it hasn't been done yet.

    Any ideas on how much would it cost?
     
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  10. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    Not quite sure yet, I was thinking $50 or so each.
    The pedestal would be a gameboy, with the bust on top.

    Say 6 inches tall total.
     
  11. Herman

    Herman Spirited Member

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    I'm totally diggin it, Assembler. Keep me posted :thumbsup:
     
  12. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    We need pics, didn't you have some you could scan herman?
     
  13. Herman

    Herman Spirited Member

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    All I have is the photo of him with me and his autograph on my E3 1995
    Daily. If that's what you're looking for me to scan, i'll get on it.

    Another place with some rare photos of Gumpei would have to be:

    http://yokoicredits.bananachan.net/
     
  14. supermariovb64

    supermariovb64 Spirited Member

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    ooh i like this idea:D Gumpei was an amazing inventor and invented things that are very unique. Even those that not people like it, i still think the virtual boy would have would have great library of games if Nintendo didn't pull the plug on it so early:/ also i like the idea of the game and watch plaque;)
     
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  15. ASSEMbler

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    The higher the resolution the better herman.
     
  16. Tchoin

    Tchoin Site Patron

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    So, ASSEMbler, your idea is for it to look something like this right?

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    But instead of the full body, a bust on top of the Gameboy base?

    That's a papercraft model from the site Herman included in hist post. Looks pretty cool.
     
  17. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    It would be the gameboy, upright as a column. At the top would be a shoulder up bust of him, in a classic greek sense.
     
  18. Barc0de

    Barc0de Mythical Member from Time Immemorial

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    I like your thinking
     
  19. virtual alan

    virtual alan Officer at Arms

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    Or as a NES arcade controller or smiliar with him as the stick/controller
     
  20. MetalSlime

    MetalSlime Just a Worthless Protoplasm

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    I'm sure it would be alot of work but a base of the ship from Super Metroid would look quite cool with him standing in the middle like Samus did while recharging/saving.
     

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