The Strong Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology Partner for Replaying Japan August 21–23

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

August 1, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology Partner
to Bring International Japanese Game Studies Conference to Rochester
August 21–23, 2017

ROCHESTER, New York—Replaying Japan, a scholarly conference designed to promote understanding of the origins and development of the Japanese gaming industry and its impact on worldwide culture, will take place at The Strong® museum August 21 through 23.

This is the first time the conference will be held in the United States. Past meeting locations have included Leipzig, Germany; Kyoto, Japan; and Edmonton, Canada. The Strong, with the School of Interactive Games and Media and the Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC) center at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), have been planning the event with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and University of Alberta, Canada, for nearly two years.

"Partnering to bring the conference to Rochester began in 2015 when MAGIC helped support the visa application of Professor Akinori Nakamura from Ritsumeikan University to do his sabbatical at The Strong,” said Stephen Jacobs, professor at RIT and visiting scholar at The Strong. “It's been great to see the university and The Strong contribute to what's shaping up to be a very successful event." 

This year’s conference theme is “Transmedia and Story in Japanese Games.” Nearly 100 scholars from around the world will gather to present and discuss papers that explore Japanese video game culture, education, and industry. The conference features prominent keynote speakers—Thomas J. Kalinske, former CEO of Sega of America, and Rachael Hutchinson, associate professor of Japanese studies at University of Delaware.

“Japanese video games helped transform the game industry by, among other things, bringing new levels of rich and vibrant visual storytelling to the medium,” says Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “It’s difficult to overstate the influence that these games have had on global culture.”

The conference includes panel presentations such as “Marketing and Games,” “Business and Production Studies,” and “Cross-Cultural and Social Cultural Issues”; round-table discussions of Asian game studies and game preservation; and demonstration and poster presentations. Participants will also tour The Strong’s world-renown collection of video games and related artifacts and enjoy a reception co-sponsored by RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media and MAGIC center.

The full conference schedule is available at Additional support for the conference comes from Visit Rochester and Japan Foundation New York.


About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States, serving more than 550,000 guests a year. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play, including more than 60,000 video games and related artifacts and hundreds of thousands of archival materials related to the history of electronic games. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and the American Journal of Play.


About Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S. The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. For news, photos and videos, go to