Hello there, (I apologize if I posted that at the wrong place, or if my English sounds weird (I learned it at school, or at least I tried !).) As you read in the title, I am beginning a PhD in history in France, and I will work on Sega, which is a subject that, as far as I know, has not been explored by academic scholars yet (as video game history to a certain extent). You can have a look at the way I plan to work here (there is an abstract in English on “Description en anglais”) : http://www.theses.fr/s211047 The chosen period covers Sega history from the beginning to 2001, the year they decided to stop producing consoles. I chose Sega mostly because it represent well the expansion of Japanese video games, and of video game industry in general. So I will work with both a cultural and a global history perspective. First of all, I would like to thank A LOT the Sonic Retro community for making Sega Retro, a valued and reliable source. The amount of information contained in Sega Retro and Sonic Retro would have been impossible to collect alone during the time of a PhD (during a lifetime ?), and the numerous scanned materials are inestimable sources for an historian, that will permit me to push my analysis way more far. So in case you doubted the usefulness of your work on Sega Retro and Sonic Retro, please be reassured. That being said, I have several questions that came to me since the beginning of my research, and, as you may have information to answer it, I would like to request your help, if it's not too much to ask ! So here are my concerns : 1) I am currently working on a database which would gather all the games released on Sega consoles (and I may do the same for arcade games later). I began creating it by hand on the basis of the games’ notices on Sega Retro, but it seems it will be a long and dull task. I was wondering if the database of the Sega Retro wiki is accessible, and if it would be possible to get the basic information about Sega games (name, year, developer/publisher…) in a single file. It's an important thing to me as it will permit me to do a quantitative study and understand the changes in Sega's production (who developed the games ? where are they released ? when ? how many players ?...) with reliable statistics. 2) The Sega annual reports are also an important source to me as they furnish figures on the company. However, the documents on Sega Retro begin in 1998, and I would like to go back earlier. Does someone has annual reports before this date, or even know if these documents were published before 1998 (even in Japanese) ? 3) I am also looking for sources from inside Sega : any documents that would reflect the way Sega worked (employees register, communication between the parent company and the subsidiaries, internal memos…) may be interesting. It is currently the most difficult part of the sources to find for me. For example, I tried to find this kind of documents for Sega France (which is basically a marketing office for France), but as it closed in the late 90s (then re-opened, then closed again), the documents were lost and it will probably be difficult to fully reconstruct the history of this branch of Sega (even if I still plan to interview some the key protagonists of Sega France). So if someone has some documents of this type, or know where to find it, or has contacts with people working at Sega or one of its subsidiaries that can help me to access some of these archives, I would be highly grateful. I may have others questions to discuss on the long road that awaits me. But if you can help me with those ones, it would be a chance for me. And I would also be happy to discuss my work with you if you like !