obskyr

Obskyr is Swedish for “obscure”.

ROM hacking. Japanese-to-English translation. Programming. Electronics. I’m Samuel Messner, obskyr online, and I do a lot of things – some of which you’ll surely want to check out! But more importantly, I’ve got a jammin’ personality, and I’m way approachable – so don’t hesitate to reach out if you feel like it. My main online presence is on Twitter, so head on over there!

Here’s a small sampler plate of my projects – for a full-ish list, see the projects page.

My Summer Vacation

My Summer Vacation

Boku no Natsuyasumi, the PS1 & PSP slow life game in which you enjoy a summer vacation in the 1970s Japanese countryside. Without so much as a single English release in the series’s two decades, I’m finally translating the PSP version of this classic.

Jun 2021—Present
In progress
Jun 2021—Present
In progress
Azusa 999

Azusa 999

The 1997 PC-98 adventure about death, family, and an otherworldly train. In English for the first time in over two decades. A flawed diamond, forgotten by time. With the translation comes a Player’s Companion, which offers context on the game’s development and explanations for cultural references.

April 24th, 2020
Released!
April 24th, 2020
Released!
Game Boy Save Immortalizer

Game Boy Save Immortalizer

Old video games’ save chips run on batteries… and when those run out, your savefiles are gone forever. This hardware mod I developed for Game Boy (and Game Boy Color) cartridges makes your savefiles immortal! Launched for purchase in January 2021.

Jan 2019—Jul 2019
Order it now!
Jan 2019—Jul 2019
Order it now!
Spaceworld 1997 Pokémon Gold & Silver demos

Spaceworld 1997 Pokémon Gold & Silver demos

I translated all of the text in this legendary leak, and did quite a bit of disassembly, hacking, and documentation work to boot. Cryin’ shame the team fell to pieces. Art by RacieB!

May 2018—Sometime 2019
Fizzled out
May 2018—Sometime 2019
Fizzled out
Telefang

Telefang

A personality-packed monster collecting game for the Game Boy Color. You don’t catch the monsters – you make friends with ‘em and get their phone numbers. I’m working on this both as a hacker and the main translator!

Jan 2018—Present
In progress
Jan 2018—Present
In progress
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