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The strange revelations regarding famed video game composer Mamoru Samuragochi continue. After he admitted that another composer had created his works, reports are now stating that he may have faked being deaf.
ABC News reported yesterday that Samuragochi (pictured above), who was known as "Japan's Beethoven" for composing acclaimed neo-classical soundtracks to games like Resident Evil while being deaf, had actually paid another man to create his works.
He admitted to the press: "I started hiring the person to compose music for me around 1996, when I was asked to make movie music for the first time."
He claimed that his degenerative hearing was the reason for the deception: "I had to ask the person to help me for more than half the work because the ear condition got worse."
However, the case has now grown considerable stranger. Today, the mystery ghost composer came forward. His name is Takashi Niigaki, a music teacher who admitted that he had penned Samuragochi's music for the last 18 years. Niigaki also dropped another bombshell: That he believes Samuragochi has been faking his deafness.
"We carry on normal conversations. I don't think he is [handicapped]," Niigaki said, "At first he acted to me also as if he had suffered hearing loss, but he stopped doing so eventually.... He told me, after the music for the video games was unveiled, that he would continue to play the role [of a deaf person]."
[Source: ABC.net , , Photo courtesy of AFP Jiji Press]
Our TakeI've been a video game journalist for a long time, and I think this is the first time I'm speechless. That Samuragochi was able to carry on a long-term, complex deception of this nature boggles the imagination. At the very least, let's at least hope that Mr. Niigaki will now get proper credit for his work.
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