Here’s a success story of the crowdsourced variety. 100 Yen, a documentary project looking at arcade culture in Japan, has garnered all the cash it needs (via IndieGogo) to finish shooting, edit, and distribute their film, and it should get a release this fall. I don’t think you’ll be seeing it at your local multiplex, but I bet your local indie flick joint would host a showing if you can sell a few tickets.
I’m looking forward to seeing it — the in-person social and competitive aspect of gaming is really different over there, and although we in the US play a ton of multiplayer, it’s still a very solitary experience. I think the differences reflect differences between American and Japanese cultures as well, and probably simple facts like Tokyo’s insane population density come into it as well.