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Re: Ask!

Post by Csihar » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:22 am

Guest wrote:I get it! It's funny because he didn't love her at all in that scene! Oh man, that's a knee-slapper.
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Re: Ask!

Post by Woody Alien » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:20 am

Why did you choose not to give Nurse a name? Didn't it become awkward to refer to him only as "the nurse" in conversation?
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Re: Ask!

Post by SteelSatsuma » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:29 pm

It would be interesting to hear from some of you about what you, personally, felt the second the project went live -- when your actual involvement had stopped, and it was out of your cradled hands, gently planted upon the the metaphorical surface of the calm, but murky waters of the Internet. What was it like? Elation? Indifference? Slight flutter of the heart? Or was it just so late that all you could do is scrape up enough remaining life force to write a very tired "good night" on IRC?
And after that happen, how soon did it become apparent to you that the project lit up the sky much brighter than anticipated? From what I've gathered, you were expecting some obvious response from the circles that were aware of KS since the moment of it's conception, but it splashing out far beyond those borders like that was a bit of a surprise to everyone. I understand that you've made some decisions regarding KS's life after release, before you actually released it. Have you found yourself thinking back to those decisions after everything's exploded like this, and you, perhaps, unwittingly, tamed the hearts of so many people?

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Re: Ask!

Post by Titus » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:47 pm

Mirage_GSM wrote:
Act1 - Nobody's Room wrote:"Each of these minor halls seems to have a toilet and shower, as well as four rooms."
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"The name plates on the rooms adjacent to mine are blank. I guess there are just two of us here."
Gah, never mind then. The Soap scene confused me.
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Re: Ask!

Post by Theeyebrowsofdoom » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:48 pm

What do you think about this "Katawa Shoujo Plus" project?

http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5721

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Re: Ask!

Post by Silentcook » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:55 pm

SteelSatsuma wrote:It would be interesting to hear from some of you about what you, personally, felt the second the project went live -- when your actual involvement had stopped, and it was out of your cradled hands, gently planted upon the the metaphorical surface of the calm, but murky waters of the Internet. What was it like? Elation? Indifference? Slight flutter of the heart? Or was it just so late that all you could do is scrape up enough remaining life force to write a very tired "good night" on IRC?
"Welp, it's out."

By comparison, my regular comment when major problems (people quitting, project stoppers, major data loss) happened along the way was "well, shit".
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Re: Ask!

Post by Aura » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:14 am

Swoopie wrote:Nice, a question thread, and a pretty popular one :)

I was wondering, are you all extremely empathic and gifted writers or could some of you relate to the strong emotions of the characters because of personal experience?
No.

Or maybe no, but... a story always has something of its writer in it. Only I could write the story I did, because of the stuff I've experienced and thought about, but it's not about something that has actually happened, like none of the stories in KS.
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Re: Ask!

Post by Aura » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:21 am

Theeyebrowsofdoom wrote:What do you think about this "Katawa Shoujo Plus" project?

http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5721
Licence stuff aside (the game licence explicitely forbids this so technically I have to be strictly against it), I think the general sentiment is that we wish people would spend their efforts on something less blatantly derivative. While it's great if people are inspired to engage themselves with something, and I get that the fan phenomenon is in play here, it's kinda weird to try to do the exact same thing again. I guess the issue is a bit complex and hard to draw lines into, which is why we picked the licence we have.

Here's a post by Suriko on the subject: http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?p=71572#p71572

(Before you attempt to draw a comparison to us getting inspired by raita, think hard whether the situations are actually comparable. Protip: they aren't)
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Re: Ask!

Post by Ippo279 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:36 pm

This is something that's been bothering me lately. At the start of the game, Hisao reads the letter his parents left for him. In the letter, they speak to him using "Hicchan". I found this weird because at the time, Only Misha and Shizune know about this. Maybe I'm confused, but I don't know. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Ask!

Post by Mirage_GSM » Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:07 pm

Hisao in Enter Stage Left wrote:"Hicchan? ... I've never liked that nickname."
...implying he's been called by that nickname even before he came to Yamaku - maybe by his parents.
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Re: Ask!

Post by Caesius » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:14 am

Who on the team was the most persistent/annoying in getting other people off their lazy asses to do shit?
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Re: Ask!

Post by Swoopie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:21 am

Aura wrote:
Swoopie wrote:Nice, a question thread, and a pretty popular one :)

I was wondering, are you all extremely empathic and gifted writers or could some of you relate to the strong emotions of the characters because of personal experience?
No.

Or maybe no, but... a story always has something of its writer in it. Only I could write the story I did, because of the stuff I've experienced and thought about, but it's not about something that has actually happened, like none of the stories in KS.
Thanks for that and you're right ofcourse, something someone writes is most of the times at least partly defined by previous experiences, but I was indeed wondering how much has been influenced. Anyhow, thanks for answering, I'm joining the legions of people who are thoroughly impressed by the amount of care you all put into the game!

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Re: Ask!

Post by Swoopie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:23 am

Ippo279 wrote:This is something that's been bothering me lately. At the start of the game, Hisao reads the letter his parents left for him. In the letter, they speak to him using "Hicchan". I found this weird because at the time, Only Misha and Shizune know about this. Maybe I'm confused, but I don't know. Thanks in advance!
Good one, I only noticed the 'Hicchan' first when Misha said it. I'm totally unfamiliar in the world of Japanese visual novels, but I just assumed that it's just a sort of 'standard nickname format' used in Japanese (teenage) culture to transform someone's name when you like someone. Misha calls Shizune 'Shicchan' as well after all. Misha could be called 'Micchan' for instance.

And I would DEFINITELY call Lilly Licchan, if that didn't sound so awkward :mrgreen:

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Re: Ask!

Post by New Age Retro Hippie » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:16 pm

Aura wrote:
Theeyebrowsofdoom wrote:What do you think about this "Katawa Shoujo Plus" project?

http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5721
Licence stuff aside (the game licence explicitely forbids this so technically I have to be strictly against it), I think the general sentiment is that we wish people would spend their efforts on something less blatantly derivative. While it's great if people are inspired to engage themselves with something, and I get that the fan phenomenon is in play here, it's kinda weird to try to do the exact same thing again. I guess the issue is a bit complex and hard to draw lines into, which is why we picked the licence we have.

Here's a post by Suriko on the subject: http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?p=71572#p71572

(Before you attempt to draw a comparison to us getting inspired by raita, think hard whether the situations are actually comparable. Protip: they aren't)
I kind of agree with that. Mother 4 makes me sad for the same reason, and it'd be a lot more interesting if it was a project inspired by Itoi, not trying to follow up his work. I can still understand why people make derivative games like this, though, and I admit that I would likely give the idea some thought myself if I had any interest in making a game.

Since this is the Ask thread, I suppose I should do that. Hmmmm...

Oh!

Was the kid with the damaged/missing ear from Hisao's class/the art club ever supposed to have a portrait or dialogue? I was almost disappointed when I saw him in the art club but never got to interact with him, especially since it indicated that the two were not on the best of terms. :P

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Re: Ask!

Post by Guest 2 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:35 am

I can't seem to unlock the part below "Things you hate" in Rin's path Act 3

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