A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 10s

The past few years produced a huge amount of great games and a surprisingly decent amount of them have well-developed characters that are hard to forget. And, of course, some of them look really attractive. » 5/03/13 6:30pm 5/03/13 6:30pm

I Think I'm In Love With This Dreamy StarCraft II Dating Sim

Someone just made a faux dating sim—in line with a game like Katawa Shoujo—using Korea's top StarCraft II players. Thank god the StarCraft esports scene is full of great personalities and players, because a funny dating sim like this would actually work. » 5/02/13 9:20am 5/02/13 9:20am

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…

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…

CNN Thought Gamer Chopped Off His Arm, Missed 'Joke'

"Boy Severs Arms After Playing Video Game" read the headline of a story that ran on CNN's iReport site earlier this morning. It's the stuff of nightmares for video game advocates, another chance for those who demonize games' effects on human behavior to crucify the medium. » 1/17/12 10:00am 1/17/12 10:00am

The Game About Dating Disabled Girls Gets a Trailer

Katawa Shoujo, the game about dating disabled teens, has been in the works for over a decade. It's from members of webforum 4chan, and over twenty developers worked on it. » 1/09/12 12:30am 1/09/12 12:30am

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

Romance With Disabled Girls: How (And Maybe Why) An Unusual Video Game …

About three years ago, one of the most notorious online message board communities decided to create an unusual video game. It would be a Japanese-style erotic dating simulator starring girls with disabilities, a topic not unfamiliar to the 4chan group. » 2/01/10 3:00pm 2/01/10 3:00pm