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We're at Japan's indie games festival Bitsummit!

In seven years, Japan's Bitsummit (opens in new tab) has gone from a tiny showcase of a few western indie games to the premiere festival for indie games in Japan. Its show floor is home to hundreds of games from Japan, the US, and many more countries. And I'm here to play them all. Or as many as I can get my hands on, anyway.

Check back throughout the weekend for write-ups of Bitsummit's coolest games and photos from the event. In the following weeks we'll also have interviews with some of Japan's indie developers about the country's growing indie scene and the slow rise of PC gaming here.

- Shoot 'em up Devil Engine hides demo for its upcoming expansion behind a cheat code (opens in new tab)

- Play Dog Play Tag is an insane party game about using your human as a weapon (opens in new tab)

- Exhausted Man is a deeply relatable game about being too tired to stand up (opens in new tab)

- Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a gorgeous, combo-heavy sidescroller (opens in new tab)

- Sidescroller Seed Hunter pairs a roguelike with Monster Hunter-inspired weapons (opens in new tab)

Wes Fenlon
Wes Fenlon

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).