Something that a lot of people forget (myself included) when it comes to Steam is its support for video, more specifically the documentary. So it was that Branching Paths came across my new release feed over the weekend, and I decided to investigate.
Branching Paths tells the behind the scenes story of what it’s like to be an indie game developer in Japan. Directed by Anne Ferrero and produced by Assemblage, this interesting doco follows Anne on her two year journey through Japanese developers, publishers, media and many others and explores the struggles of being a success in the country, as well as those inspired by them. There’s a few familiar games in its cast of featured titles, including the likes of Pixeljunk Monsters, La-Mulana, Downwell and Papers Please by former Naughty Dog developer Lucas Pope, who developed the game based on his experiences with immigration whilst living in Japan.
You can check out the documentary via streaming on Steam as well as Playism, plus there’s a handy list of featured and inspired by games curated by the team right here. It’s great to see more documentaries like this out there, and even better that a platform such as Steam supports them. Just remember, this is a streaming service like Netflix, so you don’t download it to your PC to play. Also, there are subtitles, but don’t let that deter you.
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson.