When I started this list, I can categorically state that I did not expect it to include an erotic dating sim about disabled girls created by 4chan’s /b/. Even while typing that, I’m kind of in denial. And even when I did pick it up, I never expected to actually add it to the list; it was advertised as a “visual novel”, so right until the end I was still not thinking about it as a game. Only when I finished did I realise that choices I made had influenced the outcome, and that the impression I was left with made it worthy of note.
Hey, guys: this game is good. Really, really good. Like, life-changing good.
I don’t mean that I’ll never be the same because it was so emotional or whatever. It’s not that kind of game, at least not for me. But it did make me a better person, because damn it, for the first time in my life, I was actually able to truly see past a disability, even if it was fictional.
To spend hours with a character and forget that she has no arms is a pretty life-altering experience.
The game has plenty of flaws. It’s barely a game, for starters; most of your time is literally spent reading text over which you have had no influence, and the rest of it is spent reading text over which your influence is relatively minimal (most of the time, it comes down to a 50/50 choice, the differences between which can seem practically nonexistent). I’m not sure that the fact that I got a “good” ending on my first play through had anything to do with skill, or if it was just luck. Once I got past a certain point in the game, it seemed like all the other characters (except one) simply vanished.
Still, I’d thoroughly recommend it. To everyone. If the “erotic” bit scares you off, there’s a menu option to disable it, but I can vouch that the sex scenes I saw were both tasteful and important.
Bravo, /b/. You have completely surprised and amazed me. 13 months ago