You Got Your Castlevania in my Katawa Shoujo!

Last January saw the release of Katawa Shoujo, a fan-made visual novel based around the idea of dating girls with physical disabilities. When I first heard the concept of the game and then heard it was being made by a group who met on 4chan, I was sure it would be a horribly insensitive, offensive pile of irreverent… » 2/01/13 7:30am 2/01/13 7:30am

That Game About Dating Disabled Girls is Excellent (And You Should Play…

When I first heard that a visual novel centered around dating girls with physical disabilities was being made, my first thought was "only in Japan." Of course, I was completely wrong. While made in the style of a typical Japanese visual novel—and even based on a Japanese sketch—Katawa Shoujo was created by a group of… » 4/27/12 8:00am 4/27/12 8:00am

All You Need is a Single Choice to Make a Novel into a Game

Over the past few weeks, I've been playing the fan-made visual novel, Katawa Shoujo » 4/24/12 7:30am 4/24/12 7:30am. Like the name of the genre implies, there is a heavy emphasis on the story to the point where you're almost reading as much as you would with a print novel. In fact on one path through , there are a grand total of ten possible…

That Game About Dating Disabled Girls is Finished, Ready For Download

Nearly two years ago, Leigh wrote a great column on a dating game called Katawa Shoujo being made by members of a 4chan group. What made it stand out were two things: one, it's been on the drawing board for over a decade, and two, it was a dating game based on girls at a school for disabled teenagers. » 1/04/12 2:30am 1/04/12 2:30am