Video games were one of the greatest inventions of the late 20th century – and the best ones used to be from Japan. “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” or “Pokémon” – they all influenced the lives of millions of young people from around the world. But you don’t have to be Nintendo to make video games. You just have to be patient. And brave. And a little bit crazy.
Anne Ferrero is such a huge gaming nerd that she made a whole documentary about the Japanese indie game scene. “Over the last few years, the Japanese game industry has been compelled to acknowledge the stride of influential indie game creators,” she tells us. “The surge of passion behind this new scene was further promoted with the Tokyo Game Show exhibiting a booth with indie game creators as its main feature for the very first time in 2013. I wanted to discover what is driving this shift towards indie games.”
That’s why Anne went to Tokyo and spoke to people like Ojiro Fumoto, Yoshiro Kimura, and Kazuyuki Kurashima who want to make their dreams come true and create games people buy, love, and tell their friends about. The documentary about the Japanese indie game scene is called “Branching Paths” and you can (and should) watch it right on Playism and Steam.
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