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« on: January 04, 2012, 12:48:08 AM »

Since about a quarter past midnight the game has been released.
Can't say much about it for now since it'll take about 4 hours to download it (servers are hammered and torrent is still slow)

More info and links:
http://katawashoujo.blogspot.com/2012/01/katawa-shoujo-released.html

Official trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Um3ZsL3tQ

Warning: While non-official, 4LS has rated the game 18+ (Mature content is included, but can be turned off in-game)

Any other fans here? Or perhaps just curious enough to try it?

EDIT: woooooaw nvm, torrent just jumped to 300 kbps, only ~20 minutes for download.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2012, 01:02:52 AM »

I've actually had a strong curiousity about the visual novel/dating sim style games; could never find any decent ones at all until I stumbled across the Katawa Shoujo demo years ago. Normally if anything even smells like a H-game it pretty much goes into my 'won't even look in it's general direction for all time' pile; but the option to turn off the H-scenes was a very generous option by the developers and enough for me to give it a try. I like the art style, I remember the music being very gorgeous and actually being genuinely attached to the characters...well...except that roommate, hall mate,..whatever the heck he is. The annoying guy which pretty much reminds me why I despise anything with a Y chromosome.

Seems like the download options are completely fragged; not surprising considering how long the core fanbase seems to have been waiting for this game (every few months or so I sneak a peek at their forums). Hopefully I can manage a download tonight after my chapter writing to see how the end result turned out. I'm actually quite looking forward to this more than any console release.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2012, 01:05:42 AM »

Seems like the download options are completely fragged;

DDL: http://dl.katawa-shoujo.com/gold/%5B4ls%5D_katawa_shoujo_%5Bwindows%5D%5BC3798628%5D.exe.torrent
Torrent: http://dl.katawa-shoujo.com/gold/mirrors/%5B4ls%5D_katawa_shoujo_%5Bwindows%5D%5BC3798628%5D.exe

I heavily suggest the torrent, their servers are currently dying it seems.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 01:11:32 AM »

I had a passing interest in this one, but it didn't really appeal.

@ZeronHitaro, I wouldn't really recommend this one (based off what I know of it) as a genre entry point. Even if you don't like the H stuff, there are a number of good non-adult ones out there.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2012, 01:25:33 AM »

@Annubis: The torrent doesn't work for me either. For the past 20 minutes I've constantly received a 'Problem connecting to tracker' error. Combined with the fact that directly downloading it doesn't work either...*shrugs* Ah well. Maybe tomorrow. (I doubt anyone will be up at this hour fixing their server.)

@FlamingR1ft: Lack of knowledge on where to look and lack of Japanese language knowledge pretty much hampers me in that task. Whenever I hear of a decent one it seems it's always in Japanese or requires a ton of patches or purchases. Anything from the Princess Maker or from 07th Expansion respectively being the primary culprits. Other ones I hear about second hand all seem to be H-games without the on/off option. XP
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012, 02:02:09 AM »

@FlamingR1ft: Lack of knowledge on where to look and lack of Japanese language knowledge pretty much hampers me in that task. Whenever I hear of a decent one it seems it's always in Japanese or requires a ton of patches or purchases. Anything from the Princess Maker or from 07th Expansion respectively being the primary culprits. Other ones I hear about second hand all seem to be H-games without the on/off option. XP

I can fix that! All of the following have official English translations and most can be bought pretty easily online. They're also all really, really good.

Ever 17 -Out of Infinity-
Best story in anything ever. I think Neal (Dincrest) will agree. It's mainly sci-fi and mystery.)
http://vndb.org/v17
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/ever17/index.html

Phantom of Inferno
http://vndb.org/v45
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/phantomofinferno/index.html

Hourglass of Summer
http://vndb.org/v32
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/hourglassofsummer/index.html

Kira Kira (Has An All Ages Version)
http://vndb.org/v414
Buy: http://www.mangagamer.com/allages/Titles/Details/5B7FA639-859F-4E8A-B1E6-51BB26473165/kirakira-all-ages-version (There's even a trial).
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Kira_Kira/index.html

Narcissu (Completely free)
This is a static visual novel though. ie. there is only one female lead and no dialogue options.
http://vndb.org/v10
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Narcissu/index.html
http://narcissu.insani.org/

There are also many more awesome ones that have sexual content, but are extremely light on it and it's not a focus of the game. ef-a Fairy Tale of the Two, Fate/Stay Night, and Kara no Shoujo are coming to mind. The first two of those, however, do not have official translations.

If you want any other recommendations, let me know and I'll think harder. :)
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 02:19:16 AM »

Awesome, thanks for the recommendation list. I'll give them a go here later this morning when I have the chance. :3
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 06:17:38 AM »

*sigh* Damn it all. :-\ Apparently even the supposed 'H-scene off' filter doesn't disable the nude waist up character images. Pity, I was actually really, really enjoying the story too... In a rare moment of temper I must say I ****ing HATE modern day writers. On the plus side it only spurs me on to try and make a name for myself as a novelist without having to resort to such rubbish.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 07:43:29 AM »

Ever 17 would be good if you could actually be able to get a hold of it. Be prepared to pay over 100 dollars if you ever find the pc version on ebay.
For non h-contant you might want to give Clannad, or Little Busters a try. they have unofficial patches
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 01:49:44 PM »

Is this a legitimately good game or just fetish pandering, though? I'm wondering that.
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2012, 05:05:40 PM »

Is this a legitimately good game or just fetish pandering, though? I'm wondering that.

From what I've read, it seems legitimately good. Well planned, thought-out, and written.

Ever 17 would be good if you could actually be able to get a hold of it. Be prepared to pay over 100 dollars if you ever find the pc version on ebay.
For non h-contant you might want to give Clannad, or Little Busters a try. they have unofficial patches

Wow, didn't realise it was that much. I got my copy when it was still in print. :P
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 05:24:56 PM »

Is this a legitimately good game or just fetish pandering, though? I'm wondering that.

I'll be the first to admit, all the territory I covered in the first three acts was actually prime material. Great writing, likeable characters (except for Kanji, but you can fly through his dialog and miss nothing of importance), endearing music, and wonderful art and animation for a completely free game.

However if you have any sort of aversion to nudity (let alone underage nudity) then Act 3 is likely to leave you feeling physically and emotionally violated if you have no warning. ~.~ Then again I have HSDD so...it was probably more traumatic for me than it would be for anyone else here on the board.
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 05:32:12 PM »

However if you have any sort of aversion to nudity (let alone underage nudity) then Act 3 is likely to leave you feeling physically and emotionally violated if you have no warning. ~.~ Then again I have HSDD so...it was probably more traumatic for me than it would be for anyone else here on the board.

I had to look up HSDD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoactive_sexual_desire_disorder

I don't know about that. Underage nudity would leave you feeling more disgusting if you felt the desire and then realized how gross that is.

I wish this game were designed as a purely non-eroge title. The whole "well you can turn off the H stuff" doesn't cut it for me. Otherwise I'd be willing to play past Act 1 (which, when I played it in demo form, I thought dragged out waaaay too long with unnecessary exposition-ish detail. Too many cooks and all that)
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012, 05:44:35 PM »

It's...complicated. I'll try to summarize without going into unneeded details. Basically HSDD is the trigger point for my current complex. I never have had any comprehension or desire when it comes to copulation or the related activities and such that go along with it. Things happen, people make assumptions, trauma occurs, and now I pretty much have a burning hatred and revulsion for the act so deeply rooted that, to be honest (in a non-dramatic fashion, I promise); if given the choice between engaging in the act or committing suicide I would very likely accept the second option with little hesitation. *shrugs* It's more than just the HSDD but since it all originated from that I simply point to that as the cause and move on with life. XD
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That aside, I agree on the whole Act 1 thing. It seemed to take way too long to get through however the story pacing really smooths out in the 2nd and 3rd acts. I think they gave each girl a different writer, which would explain why it felt more smoothly flowing rather than trying to cram every introduction within the first act possible and still give the player time to 'pick a route'.
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012, 05:58:10 PM »

"choose your own girl" games have that problem in the opening act. Some get over the hurdle much better than others. I'm glad to hear that picking a path makes the rest of the game go smoothly.

As for your condition ... I don't know that I've ever met anyone with such feelings. strange that you would still be willing to play an eroge. in any case, sorry all in the thread for a semi-derail in looking up HSDD. Hope you all (and you Zeron) will be fine. :)
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