Doujin Dojo is a sporadic column dedicated to spotlighting independent games from Japan and the people that make them.
In the years I've been following Comiket, Japan's biannual indie media festival, one thing that has always intrigued me is how creators will release new versions of their games at every event. Not content to put out their game and move on to the next project, many doujin circles will spend years polishing and iterating on their work until it reaches a state they can be happy walking away from.
While I find the process fascinating from a conceptual standpoint, it's something I was never able to experience first-hand until Souvenir Circ.'s arcade brawler Croixleur wandered into my life.... read more