Tetsuya Mizuguchi

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Tetsuya Mizuguchi
Place of birth: Hokkaido, Japan
Date of birth: 1965-05-22[1] (age 56)
Company(ies): Sega of Japan
Role(s): Producer, Executive
Education: Nihon University

Tetsuya Mizuguchi (水口 哲也) was born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1965. He was educated at Nihon University's Faculty of Arts and joined Sega in 1990. His first completed work for the company was Megalopolis, a pre-rendered CG ride film for the AS-1 motion simulator. 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 Super Bike, Rez, and Space Channel 5.

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

On April 9, 2000, Sega's division Sega Software R&D Dept. 9 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.

In September of 2003, Sega performed a company-wide reorganization of staff. This reorganization dissolved United Game Artists, placing its members within Sonic Team.

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.

His official announcement of departure from Sega included this quote:

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.

Production history

Song credits

Sega Rally Championship Ignition

Magazine articles

Main article: Tetsuya Mizuguchi/Magazine articles.

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