Tetsuya Mizuguchi

aka: 水口 哲也
Moby ID: 50431

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Tetsuya Mizuguchi was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1965. He was educated at Nihon University's Faculty of Arts and joined Sega in 1990. His first work was Megalopolice, a Japanese motion ride with computer graphics. He then turned his attention to racing simulations, and in 1995 created the arcade game Sega Rally Championship. Mizuguchi is also known for his work on Manx TT, Rez, and Space Channel 5, among other best selling titles.

In 1996, Mizuguchi left Sega's AM3 division to form AM Annex, where he and his team created Sega Touring Car Championship and Sega Rally Championship.

On April 9, 2000, Sega's amusement division "AM9" became United Game Artists (UGA). Mizuguchi was President and Chief Operating Officer of the studio. They produced Space Channel 5 and Rez, which were praised among gaming communities as fresh and innovative titles.

On October 7, 2003, Mizuguchi was a guest on "Tokyo Game Lounge", a webcast radio program produced in Tokyo. During the webcast, he announced his retirement from Sega. An article by Hirohiko Niizumi/Tor Thorsen for GameSpot claims that the restructuring prompted Mizuguchi to leave the company.

He explained of departure from Sega as follows:

"Games are a very unique medium. They exist beyond language, beyond culture, and people are fascinated by games. I don't know how long I will live, but I want to learn more about games -- and there is more to learn about creating better games."

After leaving Sega, Mizuguchi co-founded Q Entertainment with other former Sega employees. He left the company in 2014 when he founded Enhance, Inc. He is, as of May 2021, both the CEO and the sole employee of the company.

Credited on 36 games

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Humanity (2023, PlayStation 4) Executive Producers
Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (2020, PlayStation 4) Very Special Thanks to
Jupiter & Mars (2019, PlayStation 4) Special Thanks
Tetris Effect (2018, PlayStation 4) Game Concept
Shenmue I & II (2018, Windows) Main Scenario
Lumines: Remastered (2018, Windows) Executive Producer
Rez Infinite (2016, PlayStation 4) Creative Director
Lumines: Puzzle & Music (2016, Android) Executive Producer
Lumines: Electronic Symphony (2012, PS Vita) Chief Creative Officer
Child of Eden (2011, Xbox 360) Director
Lumines: In The House Ibiza '10 (2010, J2ME) Special Thanks
Qubed (2009, Xbox 360) Executive Producers
Meteos Wars (2008, Xbox 360) Executive Producers
Lumines: Puzzle Fusion (2008, Windows) Producer
No More Heroes (2007, Wii) Special Thanks
E4: Every Extend Extra Extreme (2007, Xbox 360) Producer
Lumines II (2006, PSP) Producer
Every Extend Extra (2006, PSP) Executive Producers
Gunpey (2006, PSP) Excutive Producers
Gunpey DS (2006, Nintendo DS) Executive Producers

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