Ichiro is Founder and President of Dejobaan Games, LLC, an independent Boston-area game development studio. A 26-year industry veteran, he also advises VC-backed gaming startups, universities, and other industry organizations.
A quarter of him is currently working on Steam Labs at Valve.
I'm working with Valve on Steam Labs, a skunkworks where we're experimenting with content discoverability, video machine learning, and letting everyone play with those experiments.
VC-backed startup Liteboxer brought me in to consult on gameplay design and marketing for a physical, rhythm-based boxing title. I helped bring the team from concept, through prototype, to their first public showing at PAX East.
Published by Humble Bundle, Dejobaan launched strategy game 20 Minute Metropolis. I started this project by asking a question: What if I wanted to play a city builder on my lunch break?
Dejobaan's next project, Last Night on Planet Earth, is debuting at the 55th annual New York Film Festival. Scheduled for a 2020 launch, this is a full motion video (FMV) life simulator that focuses on modeling conversations.
MIT-based accelerator Play Labs brought me in to consult with their cohort of 13 startups throughout this past summer. The teams' work focused on “playful technologies,” including AR/VR, eSports, and machine learning in video games.
Dejobaan sponsored a team for the MassDiGi Summer Innovation Program. Working with us over 12 weeks, a team of students prototyped a game that simulates rebuilding a post-apocalyptic Boston.
20 Minute Metropolis (2019)
Tick Tock Bang Bang (2016)
Elegy for a Dead World (2014)
Drunken Robot Pornography (2014)
Monster Loves You (2013)
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) (2012)
Portal 2 Alternate Reality Game (2011)
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome (2011)
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity (2009)
The Wonderful End of the World (2008)
Inago Rage (2005)
Epidemic Groove (2005)
TapDown Two (2005)
Dejobaan BeBop (2002)
The Eternal City (1995)
Cyber Corps (1993)
Legends of Future Past (1993)
Final Frontier (1988)