Disabled Girl Dating Sim Katawa Shoujo Finally Available

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That was remarkable. Honestly, I'm amazed how well it was handled. While the playable character has the understanding and ability to piece events and dialogue together as one might find possessed by the common mallard duck, the girls are brimming with character. The outcome I played had a swath of emotion, there were poignant moments, and it actually felt sincere. This was amazing. I did Emi's storyline, and fully intend to do the others in the next few days. That was really an unparalleled experience.

I eagerly await the stories for the other girls.

I should add in my profile to show under the avatar my posts are mostly in mode jumpin-jumpout, meaning that I will very likely forget I posted making it likely I will not be checking back to answer.

I'll try just drop a small line expressed in a certain way, to condense a few thoughts, it's not an answer to anybody, just some words on the subject of game like this and being offended (as pre-reaction or to anything that includes disabled people as a principle):

In this world of filling mouth with acceptance of the disabled we don't want to be made to think about doing anything normal with anyone disabled!. Get the disabled out of my games, out of my phrases, out of my dictionary, out of my jokes, out of my work, out of my school, out of my marriage, out of my life!.

Akimoto:

mega48man:

and Lilly, WOOOOOO...yeaaah

Internet bro-fist!

BlackWidower:

Funnily enough I ended up on the path with the legless girl first, and I really don't like her. Seriously, she's a pain in the ass!

Wait till you get Tezuka's path. At least Ibarazaki is cheerful - caffine-fake-high cheerful, but still better than her painting friend. I had to play through Hanako and Lily's route a few times to get over the mind-f**k.

internet bro-fist recieved!

Im computer illiterate, and I need a little help to play this game. I believe I need a torrent program to open the game's files. Where can I get such a program w/o having to download tool bars and other unnecessary shit?

One question:

Does this game have audio-description for blind players?

luckycharms8282:
Im computer illiterate, and I need a little help to play this game. I believe I need a torrent program to open the game's files. Where can I get such a program w/o having to download tool bars and other unnecessary shit?

I had the same problem. My internet was all "You seem to be lacking the program! Would you like to check the internet for an appropriate program?" and I clicked yes, which is odd because I never do that. So I clicked and it said I needed a torrent. I quickly googled that and came across a site named Bit Torrent or something or another. I downloaded the program and stuff. The next time my computer asked me to open Katawa Shoujo exe, I was able to do it properly (I forgot if I looked for the program myself when the "Choose your program" thing popped up or if my computer just recognized I had installed something and it could now read the file).

Once I did that, the installation was quite easy. I'm also not very saavy with computers but KS's installation is pretty straightforward.

PS: For the love of Jeebus, I swear I have no idea if that torrent site is illegal or frowned upon or what. I am not advocating or encouraging people to do stuff with it (I see it as some sort of Megaupload?), but that is just what *I* did. Just. Sayin'. And making sure. Just in case.

Having given it a shot (for about an hour, good god so much text, I haven't played one of these things since I was a 13 year old trying desperately to find pronz on the net without compromising my internet history), I have to say the writing actually really surprised me. For one thing, it speaks true of real children that have to go through this sort of trauma. Having myself been a sickly child and having a sister who had a 2 year extended hospital stay, the LONELINESS is something they absolutely nailed. Physical abnormalities don't hold a candle to the pain of being alone for so long. Something tells me the main character has a pretty interesting arc going for him throughout the course of the game and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to play more.

While I don't care for the photoshop filter backgrounds, I have to say I kind of like that the character designs neither hide nor show off a student's deformities/disabilities (the best example probably being that burn victim who's disfigurement is obvious but masked in a believable manner). So trying to say this game is specifically catering to perverts who get off on bloody stumps is clearly a wrong assumption. While I do hate the term "handicapable" I do think it's wrong to hide a disability as though it's something shameful or embarrassing.

I have a bit more faith that this game is about actually growing to like/love these characters for who they are rather than just getting some action with a hot blind girl and using her walking stick as a makeshift dildo. Because seriously, that would be fucking weird.

On an unrelated note.... what's anime Harry Potter doing in this game?

Interesting game. Im about an hour in, and Im rather impressed. I wish there were more choices to make, but each character is different. It reminds me a lot of moving to a different school in late middle school.

People should play it before they write it off as a handicap fetish dating sim.

Arqus_Zed:
You know, if they wouldn't solely focus on the romancing, but also the casual "friend talk", this could really have potential.

Maybe add some RPG elements, instead of simply going for an "interactive novel"?

Maybe connect the RPG aspects with the social interaction?

(Does anyone get where I'm going with this?)

You're saying we should add light sabers? Risky, very risky.

But on a less oblivious note, I agree with you. I'd also like more extensive dialogue trees. Let's expand on this.

I am honestly not sure what to think about this. Being disabled myself, born with Cerebral Palsy, a mild case which makes me have to walk with a pair of Walk Easy crutches I am not sure whether to think this is good or not. Some strange stuff comes out of japan I wont deny that and I have had several girls reject me when I've asked them out simply because I have a slight handicap. The more I think of this the more I think this is actually a good thing because the basic message that I see is that you look past the disability and see the actually person under it and not just take the person at face value. I wont deny I'm interested and I will try to download this. I actually just tried and it didn't open. I'm trying to download it on my Mac which has all the current updates. It saves the file but I can't open it. And I don't know what to do with the other option of opening it with an application. What should I do?

So it's a little weird to have a dating sim based around disabled girls. Big deal. I think it's actually kind of sweet. Even paraplegics need love, right?

Besides, there are worse VNs out there...

Much... much worse...

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Shoqiyqa:
One question:

Does this game have audio-description for blind players?

From what I have seen, no. Although that would be pretty cool.

This actually sounds like a cool idea for a dating sim. If you go to the website for it you can read up on all the characters and see a picture of them. Well for some reason the girl with no legs is standing in her picture XD

Stale Pasta:
This actually sounds like a cool idea for a dating sim. If you go to the website for it you can read up on all the characters and see a picture of them. Well for some reason the girl with no legs is standing in her picture XD

She wears prosthetic legs. >_>

It seems a bit dorky to put it in a school completely for the disabled, and not have any non-disabled characters to romance, but from what I've read about this now and before, it seems very tasteful and realistic, IE having to take sign language courses to really get anywhere with the deaf girl. I almost hope some of those with the "bandage babe" fetish find this, and see what it would really be like to romance the disabled

Chanel Tompkins:
It seems a bit dorky to put it in a school completely for the disabled, and not have any non-disabled characters to romance, but from what I've read about this now and before, it seems very tasteful and realistic, IE having to take sign language courses to really get anywhere with the deaf girl. I almost hope some of those with the "bandage babe" fetish find this, and see what it would really be like to romance the disabled

Well, the way I see it, if they put a non-disabled girl, THEN the game might be a bit discriminating. I can see people going for the "normal" girl and other people being all "Oh, figures everyone is going to go for the normal girl". And in comparison, the other girls will seem incomplete, no pun intended, compared to the perfectly normal girl.

The point of having to choose one out of all the disabled girls in the game is for the player to realize they're all the same and yet different. That's why the game is so well done and handles this so tastefully: All girls are the same and because of this, you get a chance to get to know the girl without minding her disability, which is rarely brought up.

Or so that's the way I see it.

Beautiful End:

Chanel Tompkins:
It seems a bit dorky to put it in a school completely for the disabled, and not have any non-disabled characters to romance, but from what I've read about this now and before, it seems very tasteful and realistic, IE having to take sign language courses to really get anywhere with the deaf girl. I almost hope some of those with the "bandage babe" fetish find this, and see what it would really be like to romance the disabled

Well, the way I see it, if they put a non-disabled girl, THEN the game might be a bit discriminating. I can see people going for the "normal" girl and other people being all "Oh, figures everyone is going to go for the normal girl". And in comparison, the other girls will seem incomplete, no pun intended, compared to the perfectly normal girl.

The point of having to choose one out of all the disabled girls in the game is for the player to realize they're all the same and yet different. That's why the game is so well done and handles this so tastefully: All girls are the same and because of this, you get a chance to get to know the girl without minding her disability, which is rarely brought up.

Or so that's the way I see it.

I guess so...it just seems kinda forced, is all. Then again, I guess pretty much any game like that has a forced reason for why you're only dating those girls, so meh.

TitanAura:
Having given it a shot (for about an hour, good god so much text, I haven't played one of these things since I was a 13 year old trying desperately to find pronz on the net without compromising my internet history), I have to say the writing actually really surprised me. For one thing, it speaks true of real children that have to go through this sort of trauma. Having myself been a sickly child and having a sister who had a 2 year extended hospital stay, the LONELINESS is something they absolutely nailed. Physical abnormalities don't hold a candle to the pain of being alone for so long. Something tells me the main character has a pretty interesting arc going for him throughout the course of the game and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to play more.

Agree completely. Having spent way too much time in a hospital to the point where friends just moved on...oddly enough, in high school right before what would have been my senior year... the loneliness was much worse than any of the physical pain and leftover scars. It easily can change someone inside forever. Loneliness and abandonment can turn a otherwise cheerful happy kid into a quiet, distrustful, very misunderstood person.

Definitely keep playing! The two routes I've done so far were very tastefully done, and amazingly well written. Hope you end up doing Rin's route eventually...

We'll, I has hoping that I'd find some nice juicy arguments in this thread... A challenging debate between people, a troll being pummeled....
Sadly, everyone is far to reasonable and understanding. :P
(my inner demon will have to feed another day).

OT: Great game, well done, ver much like MLP:FIM in that at first you go "What?" and then you go "OMG this is gooood!".

I'm just curious: where did Rin being identified as the "thalidomide girl" come from? I haven't found anything on the 4LeafStudio site promoting the game, the wiki or anywhere in the game itself that suggests thalidomide had anything to do with the incomplete formation of her arms.

That said, I really have enjoyed it so far. As has been said earlier, the characters all having some sort of physical/emotional impediment is written as a part of their characters, more than as a selling or shock point. The adult content doesn't detract at all from the rest of the game and seems to be well thought out for the most part, placing a lot of distance between my viewing it as a visual novel as opposed to an eroge (although Rin's story matches her character a bit too well at times).

I'll definitely be looking for something similar as soon as I finish it, which will unfortunately be quite soon. Any recommendations for games of a similar pacing and technical quality would be greatly appreciated.

Alterego-X:

deidara:
Anyone else stuff up and die on the roof with kenji? The dialogue was beyond awesome, but then I got sent back to the main menu, and thought I only downloaded the demo or something. So much for doing what I would do in real life. :p

You failed to choose a route. Or you chose multiple ones. Start again, skip through the read text, and only take the choices that express interest in one specific girl.

Just had that happen. Pissed me off. The last way I wanted the story to end was to be stuck on a roof with that nutjob. Thanks for the suggestion, trying it now.

Colinmac93:
People were actually waiting for something like this? Dating sims always came across as creepy and stupid to me, but this one is just taking the piss.

Edit: Actually, I wanna know why all of the physically disabled people are all in the one class. I bet there's some strange reason for that in the game.

some schools just specialize in special needs education, I've spent my entire life in such places, (I have Cerebal Paulsey)

The3rdEye:
I'm just curious: where did Rin being identified as the "thalidomide girl" come from? I haven't found anything on the 4LeafStudio site promoting the game, the wiki or anywhere in the game itself that suggests thalidomide had anything to do with the incomplete formation of her arms.

That said, I really have enjoyed it so far. As has been said earlier, the characters all having some sort of physical/emotional impediment is written as a part of their characters, more than as a selling or shock point. The adult content doesn't detract at all from the rest of the game and seems to be well thought out for the most part, placing a lot of distance between my viewing it as a visual novel as opposed to an eroge (although Rin's story matches her character a bit too well at times).

I'll definitely be looking for something similar as soon as I finish it, which will unfortunately be quite soon. Any recommendations for games of a similar pacing and technical quality would be greatly appreciated.

I think it was in the drawing that sort of got things going:
http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/image/9.jpg
http://indiegames.com/katawashoujo_release.jpg

Not 100% sure though. The first drawing there was on the wikipedia entry for it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katawa_Shoujo

The3rdEye:

I'll definitely be looking for something similar as soon as I finish it, which will unfortunately be quite soon. Any recommendations for games of a similar pacing and technical quality would be greatly appreciated.

I heard good things about Clannad and Symphonic Rain. Can't recommend anything from romance/slice of life genre from first-hand experience, though, as I prefer horror/fantasy vn's myself.

You can always just browse some vn database (e.g. vndb.org) and look for the most popular/highest rated entries. Although merely a fraction is translated and most are rather difficult to acquire (legally, at least).

Fappy:
If they aren't blatantly exploiting handicapped people (or fetishes for that matter) I don't see a problem with this. I am not one to play Dating Sims, but if the only difference between this game and your average Dating Sim is the fact that the romance options are physically disabled I honestly don't see a problem. To think otherwise is to think that is is somehow wrong to be attracted to a physically disabled person... unless of course this is exploitation. That last bit is important.

I'm actually on my second play through of this game, and it is as you guess, not aimed at exploiting the handicapped or appealing to people with odd fetishes. I'm not one for playing dating sims but i find the characters likeable and very human.

I guess a lot of people will have knee-jerk reactions to it, but i sent it to a couple of my friends and some didn't want to try it, but a couple of them came in within a day or two telling me they powered through it and loved the story.

My suggestion is that people should give this game a go, with an open mind. Heck a lot of the first act of the game is about having an open mind anyway.

Well, I've played it through now, and I'm impressed. Very impressed. It was...probably one of the most enjoyable games I've played in a long time. All the characters were people...not mere caricatures. Honestly, for a group of volunteers simply working on their own time to throw something like this together... it's awesome. I could relate with most of them and felt...well. The stories were very compelling. I'm sure to play through many of the stories again sometime. I can't say which story was my favorite, because...honestly... they were each so different...but had their own draw. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Akimoto:

mega48man:

and Lilly, WOOOOOO...yeaaah

Internet bro-fist!

BlackWidower:

Funnily enough I ended up on the path with the legless girl first, and I really don't like her. Seriously, she's a pain in the ass!

Wait till you get Tezuka's path. At least Ibarazaki is cheerful - caffine-fake-high cheerful, but still better than her painting friend. I had to play through Hanako and Lily's route a few times to get over the mind-f**k.

I'm in the middle of her path, and I so far love it. The reason I hated Emi was because she was a dumb bitch:

"I can't let you get close."

Then what the fuck are we doing!? What's worse is that she's completely oblivious to her faux pas. It's pathetic. She's a horrible human being.

BlackWidower:

I'm in the middle of her path, and I so far love it. The reason I hated Emi was because she was a dumb bitch:

"I can't let you get close."

Then what the fuck are we doing!? What's worse is that she's completely oblivious to her faux pas. It's pathetic. She's a horrible human being.

Having stuck with Emi's path through my first play through, I got hooked somehow into getting to know more or pushing on to understand why she feels the way she does, because of the 'I can't get close to you' theme. Yeah, it was a tad annoying but I was happy with how they resolved it all in the end.

Being my first visual novel, I was surprised at the emotions that could be drawn from the choices I made (especially with Emi's "rollercoaster-ride" attitude). I'm looking forward to the other arcs and am glad a friend recommended it to me.

ScottocS:

BlackWidower:

I'm in the middle of her path, and I so far love it. The reason I hated Emi was because she was a dumb bitch:

"I can't let you get close."

Then what the fuck are we doing!? What's worse is that she's completely oblivious to her faux pas. It's pathetic. She's a horrible human being.

Having stuck with Emi's path through my first play through, I got hooked somehow into getting to know more or pushing on to understand why she feels the way she does, because of the 'I can't get close to you' theme. Yeah, it was a tad annoying but I was happy with how they resolved it all in the end.

Being my first visual novel, I was surprised at the emotions that could be drawn from the choices I made (especially with Emi's "rollercoaster-ride" attitude). I'm looking forward to the other arcs and am glad a friend recommended it to me.

This. Just this.

Emi was also my first instinctive choice. I was shooting for Hanako but I ended up with her, which forced me to try and understand her better. Amazingly, I got her good ending on my very first try. There were times when I just had to stop and think of the best answer and how she would reply.

However, so far, I think I'm liking Rin's path a bit more...

I really don't see why someone would get riled up over something like this. You wouldn't be outraged at someone actually dating a physically disabled girl, right?

CmRet:
I wont deny I'm interested and I will try to download this. I actually just tried and it didn't open. I'm trying to download it on my Mac which has all the current updates. It saves the file but I can't open it. And I don't know what to do with the other option of opening it with an application. What should I do?

Don't use the torrent link to download but the DDL link.

to all those people who are critical of it...

seriously just play it, i was not expecting much but its very well written and refined. much more tasteful then any other of the visual novels that i saw with degrading simple well endowed blonde bimbos, the characters in this game are human, flawed and relatable.

this really pleasantly surprised me

LobsterFeng:

NeutralDrow:

LobsterFeng:

Thanks for the heads up, I was about to try it out of curiosity.

Just to confirm, you are being sarcastic, right?

I'm not actually. I'm not into porn of any kind.

It's not porn though... yes there is sex in this game, but it's tastefully and realistically done... and in the amount that you may expect from such things like moderately artsy movies involving romance.
And that's about it.

It doesn't have sex in it as a selling point. It has sex because it's a part of romantic relationships which are a part of life. I'd say the sex scenes of each storyline make up about 1-3% of that storyline.

Beautiful End:

ScottocS:

BlackWidower:

I'm in the middle of her path, and I so far love it. The reason I hated Emi was because she was a dumb bitch:

"I can't let you get close."

Then what the fuck are we doing!? What's worse is that she's completely oblivious to her faux pas. It's pathetic. She's a horrible human being.

Having stuck with Emi's path through my first play through, I got hooked somehow into getting to know more or pushing on to understand why she feels the way she does, because of the 'I can't get close to you' theme. Yeah, it was a tad annoying but I was happy with how they resolved it all in the end.

Being my first visual novel, I was surprised at the emotions that could be drawn from the choices I made (especially with Emi's "rollercoaster-ride" attitude). I'm looking forward to the other arcs and am glad a friend recommended it to me.

This. Just this.

Emi was also my first instinctive choice. I was shooting for Hanako but I ended up with her, which forced me to try and understand her better. Amazingly, I got her good ending on my very first try. There were times when I just had to stop and think of the best answer and how she would reply.

However, so far, I think I'm liking Rin's path a bit more...

I don't think any of the other paths are quite as well written or have quite as interesting a character. Rin's story is in my opinion the most engaging and heartrending/warming of them all. What most people don't realize about Rin is that whatever she says, she means... she is always serious and tells the absolute truth the way she sees it, she just has some serious trouble putting her thoughts to words in a way that is easy to understand without paying close attention.

Shizune's story could have gotten close if it wasn't for the horribly out-of-place character of her father the grumpy-mullet-sword-man... seriously, way to ruin an otherwise great story of serious romantic drama with misplaced and overdone comic relief.

Hanako's story could also have been great, had it not been for her being so much of a typical moe character during most of the story that it feels very jarring when she finally starts breaking out of that mold. It's great that she does, but I can't help but feel that it would have been more believable and effective had they toned down the moe-dial just a bit.

Lilly's was pretty damned good. I'd say it's about on par with Hanako's story and Lilly has a refreshingly small amount of emotional baggage to deal with... there is some, but it's not the main point of her story.

I didn't much like the ending of Emi's story. I just really don't like the whole "I lost someone I loved and it hurt, so now I'll never love again so I can't get hurt." thing. It's just such an overdone cliché. I liked the rest of the story though, when it wanted to be heartwarming it really was, and when it wanted to be sad it really was. I could see the ending coming, but really hoped it wasn't what I assumed it would be, and I was let down. I had thoroughly hoped that instead of her dad just being dead, he'd still be alive and well, but having been responsible for the crash that took her legs, he had been unable to face his wife and daughter again, falling apart emotionally and leaving Emi and her mother with the burden of uncertainty and stress of trying to get him over his issues as well as getting over their own.
But no... he was just dead.

Friis:
Snip~

That ending for Emi you came up with sounds pretty good, actually. Now that I look back at the original ending, it does look pretty disappointing.

On that note, I hated the fact that we ALL pretty much guess what happened to her dad, except Hisao. I kept saying out loud "He's dead!" every time they would touch the topic. So it was pretty cliched that he never got the hint, especially when the story tries to break away from the cliched dialogues and situations for the most part.

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