Chance is a funny thing. The road we walk through life is filled with forks that force us to choose between one route and another, and with every turn the final destination becomes less and less clear. You know, a little like in OutRun.
While Western indie devs get fancy functions like GDC, IGF and Gamescom to show off their wares (and crowd-funded movies telling the story of their struggles), the indie scene in Japan is scattered at best. It's not that there aren't any small studios or one-man teams making exciting games - there are loads, as fans of La-Mulana, Cave Story or Tokyo Jungle will attest. But unified and strong the scene is not.
Crimson Dragon, the Kinect-powered on-rails shooter from Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi, is still in development, and is still coming out despite missing its initial June 2012 release date.
Sony execs Kaz Hirai and Andrew House attended an early-morning event in Tokyo yesterday to mark the launch of its sparkly new PlayStation Vita handheld.