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pl4t0
09-01-2012, 08:39 PM
Warning - the game in question contains some NSFW content, and my discussion contains references to some of it. Nothing overt, just a heads up.

A few days back, a group of developers from 4chan finally released their long-in-development dating-sim/Visual Novel, Katawa Shoujo. This is being billed as 4chan's game - more or less on that basis alone, I think that warrants a thread.

The Escapist has a pretty solid explanation of what's up:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115047-Disabled-Girl-Dating-Sim-Katawa-Shoujo-Finally-Available

Oh, and pretty good explanation of why this game's concept is legit:
http://i.imgur.com/MCl7y.jpg

My personal opinion (feel free to disagree - my main reason for posting this is to foster discussion):

The "game" itself is technically a dating sim, but being a visual novel, the pace is glacial and the detail immense, not to mention that the fruits of your romancing (i.e., the NSFW portions) can only be found many hours and three Acts past the point of entry, at which point the characters are not caricatures or animated blow-up dolls but rather fully-fleshed people with enough context and personality to carry the game in its own right...in fact, there's an option in the menu to hide the pornographic aspects entirely, so I guess it really can carry the game.

The premise of this game sounds pretty messed up. See, it's a dating sim, but all the girls (and the protagonist) are disabled in one way or another. I was pretty interested to see how they'd dance around that sort of content, and was wholly prepared to find something horrible, considering 4chan's record with this sort of stuff. But I was more than pleasantly surprised - not only does the game manage to be pretty tasteful about its subject material (not being disabled, I can't give a complete or final judgement), as I said above the characters each manage to come alive in unique ways.

My only regret is going in under the pretense that, being "from 4chan", the game was going to be hentai-centric, which skewed my perception of its first scenes. That is absolutely not the case.

KauhuK
09-01-2012, 09:02 PM
I'm sorry but you are a bit late with this: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?2577-Katawa-Shoujo-Released!

It was on the second page too! One should check more than the first page and use search.

pl4t0
09-01-2012, 09:14 PM
I'm sorry but you are a bit late with this: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?2577-Katawa-Shoujo-Released!

It was on the second page too! One should check more than the first page and use search.

Aw, crap - totally my bad on that one. Just didn't think of it, for some reason. Thanks for pointing it out.

Caleb367
10-01-2012, 12:40 PM
Well, good to know, I'd have bet it being full of non-sequiturs, tentacle hentai and guro porn. XD

squirrel
10-01-2012, 12:44 PM
I see, so this is a propaganda for equal opportunity. A very good project.

Does the Mac version run on PowerPC iMac?

Unaco
10-01-2012, 01:50 PM
John has put up his Impressions. Not very positive over all...

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/01/10/impressions-katawa-shoujo/

R-F
10-01-2012, 01:51 PM
There's a bigger thread ON THE FIRST PAGE.