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6:00 AM on 03.18.2013

Aksys: There's a western market for otome games

Otome games are a niche within a niche. Visual novels and dating sims focusing on romantic relationships from a female perspective, they've never quite gained traction outside of Japan. Maybe that's starting to change though....

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 PM on 03.12.2013

GungHo releasing a half dozen PSone Imports on PSN today

GungHo Online has returned with another set of PlayStation Classics that never made it out of Japan. The Grasshopper Manufacture parent company has announced six titles for release via PlayStation Network as a part of th...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 PM on 02.17.2013

Collect women and save Japan from giant pudding

Konami has unleashed the latest project from the team at Love Plus Production upon the world. Fu-Un! Nadeshiko Collection launched back on Thursday via Japanese social networking service GREE and it looks...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 02.16.2013

Aksys localizing game where you are Keiji Inafune's niece

I have to hand it to Aksys. They've been taking a lot of risks on titles which, even in today's tolerant environment, would still be considered niche-within-niche. Games like this one, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan...

Josh Tolentino

10:15 AM on 02.07.2013

Konami teasing new dating sim romp from LovePlus team

It looks like there's a new project in the works from the folks that behind LovePlus. A Konami teaser site names series producer Akira Uchida and artist Mino Taro as the creators behind what appears to be a new dati...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 01.20.2013

Meet Princess Arthur's hunky Knights of the Round Table

In case you missed it before, Princess Arthur is an otome game based on Arthurian legend. The game follows a young woman named Alu who retrieves a sacred sword encased in stone before falling in with a group of sexy young kn...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 01.04.2013

Date the Knights of the Round Table in Princess Arthur

The PSP isn't dead. Not if companies like Aksys, XSEED, and Atlus have anything to say about it anyway. Every month or two the system seems to add a new title to its library and lately they usually seem of the niche Japanese ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 03.02.2012

New Gal Gun trailer is best enjoyed solo

Still feeling embarrassed and dirty from viewing the Gal Gun PS3 DLC gallery we posted the other day? Well, prepare to dive right into the mud pit of shame. Alchemist has posted a new trailer, showing us a...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 AM on 02.28.2012

Dress ladies up after you shoot them in Gal Gun PS3

The wacky rail shooter, Gal Gun has finally made its way to Japanese shelves on PS3, more than a year after the Xbox 360 release. Since the game has shown up so late to the party, it has decided to bring a few tanta...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:15 PM on 01.04.2012

The DTOID Show: Xbox Live Tattoos, ME3 guns, & Vita Sales

Hey guys! Here's our first official episode of The Destructoid Show of the new year. Like, in the studio. With a script. For starters, we briefly discussed our stance on SOPA and encouraged you guys to go make a fuss. As...

Max Scoville

6:00 AM on 01.04.2012

Disabled girl dating sim Katawa Shoujo is out now

Like the first legless man to compete in a marathon, few expected it to finish, but it has finally happened: Katawa Shoujo, an indie visual novel developed by the former 4channers at Four Leaf Studios, is finally out, after f...

Josh Tolentino





3:15 PM on 12.30.2011

Japanese dude tries to look up an augmented reality skirt

New Love Plus is the 3DS sequel to that one DS game where you could form deep, intimate relationships with anime girls. It made some people do crazy things, like marrying their virtual girlfriends. This video isn't that craz...

Tony Ponce



Dating sim about disabled girls gets a release date photo
Dating sim about disabled girls gets a release date
by Tony Ponce

Katawa Shoujo is a game I first heard about years ago but that hasn't been discussed on the Destructoid main page. At least, I didn't notice any posts after a cursory search. Anyway, Katawa Shoujo (which translates to "Disability Girls") is an indie love sim that takes place in a high school setting. The twist is that you and the girls you are pursuing are all handicapped. There is a girl without legs, one without arms, one who is blind, one who is a deaf-mute, and one with horrible burn scars across half her body.

The game has a rather unusual origin story. In 2007, someone on 4chan posted concept art by a doujin artist named Raita for a dating sim revolving around disabled girls. Now, 4chan isn't exactly known for being the most tasteful of places, and the image was probably meant to to fuel fetish desires. However, along the way, someone decided to form a team separate from 4chan and turn the concept into a full project. As development continued, it became apparent that this wasn't some sick fetish joke and that these girls were being treated just as any other love interest in your typical Japanese visual novel.

On January 4, 2012, the full game will finally be released on this page. The demos were available in several languages including English, Japanese, French, Russian, German, and others, so it's likely the final version will also have multiple options. I have a weird mix of feelings regarding the whole thing, though. On one hand, the game will have sexually explicit scenes (though they can be skipped if you desire), lending credence to the fetishism and exploitation criticisms. On the other hand, it's a chance to empower those with permanent disabilities, to illustrate that they are as beautiful, fascinating, and capable as any able-bodied person. In the end, I think the pros outweigh the cons, and I'll be interested in giving the game a spin. Maybe I'll post some impressions later down the line.

Katawa Shoujo Will be Released on January 4th [Katawa Shoujo Dev Blog]

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3:15 PM on 12.10.2011

Talking To Video Games About Women!

So, we've all seen what happens when Jonathan Holmes goes around Talking To Women About Video Games, but what happens when I'm alone. In my apartment. Talking to video games. About women. Alone. This is just something I threw together in my spare time. Haven't really decided if I wanna do more or not. Lemme know what you guys think!

Max Scoville

3:30 PM on 11.27.2011

Inter-species dating sim gets an English patch

So here's the scoop. There is a free dating sim for PC called Hatoful Boyfriend. You play as a school girl who dates pigeons... I think. I haven't been able to get the game running on my PC yet, so I can't be sure, but here i...

Jonathan Holmes