GDC 13: Japan’s Indie Game Scene Rising Because Phil Fish Thought Their Games Sucked

Posted by on March 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm
A controversial comment stirred a sleeping giant.

A controversial comment stirred a sleeping giant.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Fez‘s Phil Fish told a Japanese developer that modern games from his country “just suck”. Fish received a harsh wave of criticism regarding his comments, which came at the end of a screening of Indie Game: The Movie at GDC, but he seems to have survived. Now it appears someone else took advantage of the comment: Japanese developers.

While closing out his panel on La Mulana, a retro-style platformer inspired by MSX games from decades ago, developer Takumi Naramura explained that Phil Fish was right. In fact, many gamers in Japan agreed with him. Naramura said that indie developers like him are now motivated to rule the scene and indie gaming in the country is “on the verge of rising up”. If that means more Noby Noby Boy in our future, hey, we’ll take it.

Source/Photo Credit: John Ricciardi

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