What is Branching Paths?
The Japanese video game industry lead the world in creativity and innovation from the 1980’s to the mid-2000’s, but in recent years Japanese studios had been unable to keep up with advancements in technology, and many have shifted focus away from risky projects and unique gaming experiences.
All around the world, many players long to play games like those that inspired and excited them in their childhood.
For industry veterans and young talents who aspire to the pursuit of originality and creative freedom, going independent is the answer.
Japan has a history of independent creators building lively communities, even within industries where large media companies rule. Comic Market, and events like it attract more than 1 million attendees yearly.
For the last several years, the Japanese game industry has begun to recognize the power of independent creators and the momentum of the fledgling scene, and in 2013, the Tokyo Game Show created a pavilion to feature indie creators for the first time in its history.
Will this be the beginning of a new movement? With this question, we began our two-year journey through Japan’s Indie scene. Branching Paths is a mosaic of the developers, publishers and people who gravitate to indie games in Japan.
This documentary is winner of the Magical Presence Award, presented at BitSummit 4th on July 9th
■ Production: ASSEMBLAGE
■ Director: Anne FERRERO
■ Music: LOW HIGH WHO?
■ Logo / Poster design: utomaru
■ Sales: PLAYISM
■ Genre: Documentary
■ iTunes & Vudu Release date: 3/22/2017
■ Price: $9.99 / Rental: $4.99
■ Length: 83 minutes
Official Website: http://branchingpaths.jp/
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Branching Paths Cast (in order of appearance)
|Ojiro Fumoto aka. Moppin (Downwell)||James Mielke (Bit Summit)|
|Yoshiro Kimura (Onion Games)||Dylan Cuthbert (Q-Games)|
|Katsuhiko Hayashi (Weekly Famitsu)||Baiyon (Pixel Junk Eden)|
|Hiroki Omae (Unity)||Lucas Pope (3909LLC)|
|Takumi Naramura (Nigoro)||Shunji Mizutani (Playism)|
|Takayuki Yanagihara aka. Nanmo (FPSA)||Toru Kawakatsu (Petit Depotto)|
|Nozomu Ezaki (Digital Game Expo)||Keiji Inafune (Comcept)|
|Makoto Goto (Bishamon)||Koji Igarashi aka. IGA (Bloodstained)|
|Takashi Nakamura (Kanagawa Institute of Technology)||Akinari Ito (Sony Computer Interactive)|
|Kaoru Yasuda (Comic Market)||Daisuke Watanabe (Yakan Hiko)|
|Hirotaka Yoshida (Tora no ana)||Hisanori Hiraoka (Yakan Hiko)|
|Riki Iwasaki aka. RIKI (RIKI)||William Chyr (Manifold Garden)|
|ZUN (Shanghai Alice)||Thomas Lilja (Friend & Foe)|
|Keika Hanada (Novectacle)||Momo Murakami aka. nemk (Shelter 2088)|
|Devine Lu Linvega aka. Aliceffekt (100 rabbits)||Alvin Phu (Dot Warrior)|
|Rekka Bell (100 rabbits)||Alexander De Giorgio (IPC)|
|Joseph White (Lexaloffle)||Isao Murayama (Microsoft Japan)|
|Nayan Ramachandran (Playism)||Shoji Hibino (Genso)|
|Josh Weatherford (formerly of Playism)||Nal (Edelweiss)|
|Kazuyuki Kurashima (Onion Games)||Jake Kazdal (17-bit)|
|Tom Ikeda (Onion Games)||Yuichiro Kitao (Gemdrops)|
|Takayuki Ebihara (Nigoro)||Chris Kohler (Wired)|
|Horyu Samejima (Nigoro)||Rio Tani (Gamespark)|
|Masahiro Onoguchi (Quad Arrow)|