Frequently Asked Questions
Is Team KAIZEN a Christian game company?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Team KAIZEN is a secular game company. Joshua and Trevor Hughes (the Co-Founders of Team KAIZEN) are Christians, as well as several of the other employees. Also, the games Team KAIZEN will develop will contain Christian symbolism in them. However, Team KAIZEN’s games are not intended for the ‘Christian Book Store’ market or the Christian sub-culture. In addition to being Christians, Josh and Trevor (along with the other staffers) are hardcore gamers who want to raise the bar of quality for the industry by making games that reinvent the term ‘cutting edge’. Because of this, Team KAIZEN’s games are intended for everyone–we want people of any belief system to play our games without feeling forced to accept a certain belief system just to enjoy the game.
What does ‘Kaizen’ mean?
At the end of World War 2, the US War Department had a sub-department responsible for helping Japan rebuild. Several of the people in this department taught the Japanese to never stop improving, and the Japanese coined the term Kaizen (which has a literal translation of ‘good change’) to embody the philosophy. Companies such as Toyota have made Kaizen bigger in the public eye by encouraging companies to embrace positive change while treating customers, employees, competitors and the public in general with the upmost in respect. Wikipedia has an awesome article on the term at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaizen check it out!!
When I see the full Eagle-Ryu logo (Team KAIZEN’s official Eagle-Dragon insignia), it has 4 Kanji across the bottom, what do they mean?
The 4 Kanji (Chinese characters, there are over 10,000 Kanji in all and Japan makes use of roughly 2,000 of them) are written in Japanese style and are said as ‘To-Zai-Yu-Gou’ and translate to ‘A Fusion of East and West’. They were written by Tokyo native Saori Kameue for Team KAIZEN and embody our desire to take the best elements of Japanese and Western game design to make games that rock on all standards. If you look at the top of this website, under the word ‘team’, you can see the 4 Kanji there as well. The artistic way they are written (meant to simulate stylized brush strokes or sword slices) was done by Team KAIZEN Concept Art Supervisor, Tommy Bush.
Can I join Team KAIZEN?
Well, truth be told the answer to this question is very hard to answer in a FAQ area. The best thing you could do is go to the Careers section of our site and send us an email with your resume and/or links to your site or works. Even if we don’t have openings at the time, you can always join our online community and be part of the movement that will forever change the game industry!
What platform/system is Team KAIZEN developing for?
If we told you we’d have to…in all actuality we aren’t authorized by any of the big three at the moment (Sony, MS and Nintendo). However, we are currently working on meeting the requirements to be official PlayStation Developers so we can make our games for the PlayStation 3 platform.
What is Team KAIZEN’s connection to Add-A-Tudez?
Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company (also Co-Founded by Joshua and Trevor Hughes) is the parent company of Team KAIZEN. Add-A-Tudez’s other projects include monthly substance-free techno raves in the Great Falls, Montana area and T-Shirts.
I have an idea I would like Add-A-Tudez or Team KAIZEN to turn into a game…
Unfortunately, at this time Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company and Team KAIZEN do not have the resources in place to be accepting proposals for either game elements, story ideas or games completed by other people. We do, however, encourage everyone whom is interested to try and form their own teams, make their own indy games and try to make it in the industry. We do hope to, in the near future, offer at least some basic resources, ideas and encouragement to other indy developers to help them along the way…but we have to get up and running first!
Other than KWO, is there places I can hang with the TK crew?
Yup! We hope to have our studio (physical location) open soon, and the plan is to have a coffee bar or something in there where you can come chill and meet with us. Also, we will eventually (read: once we are fully up and running) post Team KAIZEN specific online id’s so you can sign into services such as PlayStation Network and play with us online. Don’t forget to watch the blog and main pages of this site to see if Team KAIZEN is attending events in your area where you can come chill with us too!