Vic Tokai

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Vic Tokai Corporation
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Founded March 18, 1977
Headquarters Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Website www.tokai-com.co.jp
Other Names VIC東海

The Vic Tokai Corporation (株式会社ビック東海) was the video game division of the Tokai Group, a Japanese holding company, but the company ended all video game development at the end of the 1990s in order to focus on providing network and DSL support. In 2011, Vic Tokai changed their name to Tokai Communication. The name "Tokai" (東海) means "East West".

In 1977, the Tokai gas company wanted to enter the cable television market, so they created Vic Tokai, VIC standing for Valuable Information and Communication. In April 1982, Vic Tokai took over its parent company's data processing and computer sales, and in 1983, they began developing software. In the mid 1980s, Vic Tokai invested in the video game industry, and published its first game in 1986. By 1987, Vic Tokai was handling all of Tokai's computer sales and data processing. In 1988, Vic Tokai created an American branch called Vic Tokai, Inc. to publish video game titles in the USA and in 1991, Vic Tokai Europe Ltd. to publish games throughout Europe. Unfortunately, around 1998, Vic Tokai's video game division was dissolved and the company switched to being an Internet service provider and networking consultant.

Like most Japanese video game developers in the 1980s, Voc Tokai didn't allow its game designers to be openly credited in their games.

Games

Audio Development

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Vic Tokai did not house any in-house audio staff. However, per Shoichi Yoshikawa, due to the company's ties to Tecmo, and staff liking his music, Vic Tokai sought after Michiharu Hasuya to do the music for their games. Hasuya had recently departed Tecmo, and was freelance. He composed the music to the company's games Aigiina no Yogen, Clash at Demonhead, Conflict, Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode, and Kid Kool. To write music, Hasuya wrote in his own version of Yoshiaki Inose's sound driver.

Audio Personnel

Vic Tokai did not have any in-house composers. Instead, they hired composers from other companies. Next to the composers' names is the company that they worked for.

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