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  • Almost every translated episode was done by a team from Something Awful, likewise the site is also where newly translated episodes are first posted. Eventually another group known as "Last Continue GCCX" took up translation duties, around the same time SA did. There have been multiple instances where LC actually got an episode done before SA did. Their blog can be seen at LCGCCX and streaming versions of their releases can be found at their Dailymotion page.


  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The non-official translations were taken down from YouTube or otherwise removed when Kotaku announced another episode that had already been previously fan translated. But once Kotaku's license to show the series expired, they pretty much officially sanctioned people watching fansubbed versions instead. But in 2013, the broadcasting company Gascoin started taking down all the episodes in Youtube, subs and all, because they were looking to get GCCX on a streaming site like Netflix or Hulu. People like Gaming CX have since taken to re-uploading the episodes to places like Dailymotion. It's also pretty easy to find the episodes on torrent sites.
    • Also, circulating the tapes is the only way for anyone to watch the parts of the show that aren't the challenges; rights issues make it so that even in Japan, the official DVD releases cut down each episode to just the challenge segments, albeit with added footage to fill the gaps, making the DVDs a sort of Director's Cut.
  • Milestone Celebration: November 4, 2013 was the tenth anniversary, at which point it is now considered a Long Runner. The show's celebrates it throughout the whole year.
  • No Export for You: Though the series is finally starting to be released outside Japan, its Kotaku run was only viewable in North America, as are the DVDs. A few television companies screened the show at anime and game conventions, but none of them would pick it up due to the sheer licensing hell involved in clearing the viewing rights of 30 year old Japanese games...and because the show is about a middle-aged Japanese man playing 30 year old Japanese games.
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  • The Pete Best: The original Assistant Director. AD Yamada was only in the very first episode and never appeared again. In fact, Toujima is referred to by the show as the first AD.
  • Promoted Fanboy: One of the SA translators of the fan-subtitled episodes, Nina Matsumoto (aka. zari-gani), is also a professional artist and her work was initially presented to Arino during the episode where he visits the US, surprising both him and Abe by its high quality. Since then, she's been commissioned to produce various art for the show until she was finally shown in person on the show itself during a book-signing event. This eventually culminated in her being the illustrator for a children's book based on the show.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Retro Game Challenge, which was based off of memorable moments from Arino's various challenges, itself ended up as a challenge in the bonus DVD for Retro Game Challenge 2.


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