Well first of all, most probably know I haven't been on as much as I'd like to. One of my classmates introduced me to a game called Katawa Shoujo, and I've been a rather, nay, pretty big fan of it. So I thought I'd share it with whoever frequents this section of the forums.
(Generally accurate transcript of convo between me and him, H being him and M being me)
H: ...should try this game out, called Katawa Shoujo.
M: ..What's it about?
H: Well it's a visual novel about...
M: Visual novel? O.o
H: Yea it's my first time playing this game too. I saw it on (forgot what it was, some social network but not a mainstream one) and thought "Why not try it out...it looks interesting."
M: Okay...so what's it about?
H: It's kind of a dating sim with disabled people instead of normal people.
H: Well I read that the story is pretty good, so I gave it a shot. I highly recommend it to you.
M: Well okay...How did you get it?
H: It's free.
M: By free you mean pirated right? =P
H: No, no, it was released for free.
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My first impressions of the game were that I was pressing *Space* to skip through all the chat and found the story...kind of boring, to be honest. I did have an idea of which girl I would like to meet, but I hadn't met that character yet.
Fast forward 30 mins later after a lot of spacebar pressing and I realized I started to care about the characters. Specifically, the character that I had been spending a lot of time talking to. When reached the end, it was pretty emotional inside me, since the game had been really realistic to me. (Fortunately I got the happy ending :D)
After I finished the game, I read through other comments about the game, and saw that many other people had thought the game was really well written (for some character paths), and others liked how it potrayed the disabilities of the characters in a mature manner without being juvenile.
A far cry from how I originally thought the game was. For lack of a better qote, I had the impression that the game wasbut was pleasently surprised by it. It did change my perspective of the disabled considerably, which is no mean feat for a seemingly simple visual novel.
"nailing crippled chicks"
Here's the lowdown on the game.
-As it is a dating sim, it DOES have it's share of Mature/18+ scenes, but there is an option to skip all of such scenes in the Options Menu.
-File size is pretty big at 420MB, so I do not suggest downloading from one mirror. >.<
-The team behind this game have confirmed that they will not be making a sequel to the game, and have generally disbanded after 5 years of producing this game. =/
So yes, if you are interested after reading what I typed, you could google Katawa Shoujo and try playng the game for yourself. I, for one, loved the depth of the characters (and the way they defied some sterotypes). Although it's my first time playing such a type of 'game', or rather visual novel, I can recommend this to those that are reading this post.
*Should be read if/after you've played the game*
Emi is my waifu :D