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Here’s the most recent trailer for Branching Paths, a documentary that explores Japan’s indie gaming scene. It’ll be out this July and you can learn more on the doc’s official site.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Nice! Thanks for sharing Bash!

Always wanted to watch/read something related to the topic.

There was a time, years ago, when I followed japanese indie games quite a lot. Well, a very small portion of it since I don’t actually read/understand japanese... but there certainly were some very interesting stuff out there that never got western gamer attention.

I loved the quirkiness of it all. Simulators, MUGEN games, platformers... Steam has been gradually opening up to these sorts of games, but I feel that we’re losing quite a lot by not having a comprehensive curated catalog of old doujin and indie japanese games. Some websites like Doujinstyle and others try to keep a list going, but it’s hard to find good curated lists. After all, several of them are in a gray area... not licensed in other languages, only available via piracy and patches.

I remember writting about some of them in my old blog... Habanero-tan House, Osaka Simulator, Eternal Fighter Zero, Nijikaku, Mars TD+, Karoshi, Steparu Paperman... and then of course stuff that reached mainstream like Cave Story, Let’s Muscle!, Border Break, Rhythm Heaven.

There’s a whole world of japanese indie development out there to be unveiled... one of these days.