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Tose - Gaming's Little Secret

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the dev-ninjas dept.

Games 12

1up has a piece up looking at the fine folks at Tose, the secret development ninjas behind a number of popular games. This group takes contracts from other developers, and purposefully keeps its name off of the final product. They're the developers of many high profile games, and very few gamers have ever heard of them. If they do sound familiar, it may be because we had a discussion about these folks back in May of last year. 1up's article covers some of the same ground as Gamasutra's, dealing with Tose's unique relationship with developers and their unusually secretive nature. They do, however, dig up the names of some of the shops Tose has worked with, including outfits like Nintendo, Capcom, Namco, Sony, Square Enix, Electronic Arts and THQ. They also point out a few games they know to be Tose's handiwork; the GBA ports of the Final Fantasy titles, Super Princess Peach, and Metal Gear Solid Ghost Babel all bear the company's mark. The veil is cracking, then, but for the most part this group stands as a unique company in the games industry: a development house with little interest in press attention.

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Tose, or Toes? (1, Funny)

macadamia_harold (947445) | more than 7 years ago | (#17824500)

Tose - Gaming's Little Secret

I thought toes were the bipedal hominid's little secret?

Pronounced "toe - say"... (4, Informative)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 7 years ago | (#17824742)

Not meaning to be too unbearably pedantic here, but it's pronounced "toe - say". Apparently the company was spun off from Toa Seiko in November of 1979, with its name most likely just a portmanteau [wikipedia.org] of Toa Seiko --> To + Se. So it seems they've been around a goodly while. (For those able to read Japanese, a quick-and-dirty company history can be found here [tose.co.jp] on the company's site.)

Cheers...

i'll foot the blame for that (4, Funny)

macadamia_harold (947445) | more than 7 years ago | (#17824978)

Not meaning to be too unbearably pedantic here, but it's pronounced "toe - say".

Perhaps my joke was a bit too pedestrian.

Re:i'll foot the blame for that (1)

Hellpop (451893) | more than 7 years ago | (#17831452)

All it takes to ruin an intelligent conversation is to get off on the wrong foot.

Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17824618)

I guess, being a Japanese company, you would pronounce it "toe-seh."

Now all we need to find is Brain... (3, Insightful)

nachmore (922129) | more than 7 years ago | (#17824760)

Actually, I reckon these guys deserve a whole lot of kudos! By staying out of the spotlight they manage to focus on the important stuff - making the games that we love to play!

Unfortunately in today's world most companies still believe that if you are unknown you cannot succeed, something that Tose have proven as wrong. I wish that there were more companies (especially in the gaming sector) that would be more interested in producing amazing, immersing titles without hunting around after the fame and glory which usually lead to less-than-optimum games.

It's all about.... (5, Insightful)

Tz-Auber (984141) | more than 7 years ago | (#17824886)

Being rich but not famous ;)

Re:It's all about.... (1)

modi123 (750470) | more than 7 years ago | (#17827026)

That's un-possible!

Older than fine wine. (1)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 7 years ago | (#17825058)

This is waaaaayyyyy old news. Welcome to 2002 1up!

Outsourcing to Japanese codeshops? (1)

Grakun (706100) | more than 7 years ago | (#17825228)

So would this be considered outsourcing to Japanese codeshops?

Re:Outsourcing to Japanese codeshops? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17826780)

It's outsourcing, yes. There are companies to outsource game development to in the US, too, though they rarely get contracted to make a full game, usually they just add to the dev team.

nothing to see here.. (1)

buckadude (926560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17829424)

move along folks...
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