TankToast wrote:Now that I think more about it, I'm just not liking the idea. How would a group of characters with mental and neurological disorders (mentally disabled doesn't seem like the right words the way it's been described) be round up in one place?
This is the very problem I mentioned earlier:
Benkei wrote:There'd be a lot of hurdles for such a game to overcome, though. Perhaps the most troubling one of all is the setting.
While we were able to suspend our disbelief for Yamaku, I don't think most of us would be able to suspend our disbelief for a "Psych Yamaku" which places the DID student in the same classroom -- or any classroom at all, for that matter -- with the autistic student and the social anxiety student. The learning profiles are so different
that it just wouldn't be believable. A patient with DID would need private, one-on-one instruction. Why? Because every time their dominant and/or their learning personality becomes dormant and a new one surfaces, you have to wait patiently before you can continue on with the lesson, I imagine. This is especially true if some of the personalities are quite incompatible with educational instruction (e.g. if one of them is a 5-year old girl who wants to play with her dollies or if one of them is a 38-year nihilist who rejects the teacher and his or her efforts). A patient with mental retardation would require a very different education to ones without it. So on and so forth. Quite simply, I'm not convinced that a high school is an ideal setting for a harem VN like this.
The likeliest places to find a wide array of psychiatric diseases all in one place are:
- therapy offices
- psych wards
Most psych patients are not kept in hospitals for the long term, though, so that doesn't make for a compelling setting. The idea of a therapist partnering off with one of his many female patients is right out, of course. This really only leaves you, then, with either the psych wards or the prison system.
Instead of being worried about where psych patients can be found in highest concentration, consider instead the possibility of telling the stories of five different women who suffer from five different kinds of psychiatric problems and who the protagonist meets in different places and/or in different ways. So for instance, you could tell the story of a guy who moves into a new apartment in a new city and ...
- his landlady is one candidate for the harem, and her disability is [Disability A]
- a cute cashier he runs into at the supermarket and later runs into when he helps her get her car unstuck from a snow bank is the second candidate, and she happens to have [Disability B]
- his new boss is a woman with [Disability C]
- a mysterious girl he sees on the street has [Disability D]
And so on. It's a little
farfetched that every girl this guy is interested in happens to have some sort of psych problem ... but then again, is it really? Is it really that farfetched? According to the NIMH
, roughly 6% of all American females suffer from one form of mental illness or another, with that number approaching 8% for people ages 18-25 years old (both genders taken together). Certainly I'd be more likely to believe that a guy might pick from among five different women and that each of the five women have a different form of psychological disorder than I would be able to believe that all five women, with their very different afflictions requiring very different therapies and treatments, would just so happen to be in the same high school or workplace.
If the desire is really that strong, though, to have some or all of the women know each other, and therefore you have to have a common setting for them to be in, then I guess I would repeat that the likeliest settings would either be a psych ward or else the prison system. Neither of these is particularly savory, though, nor do they engender a positive image in players' minds as the male protagonist (be he patient/inmate or nurse/doctor/guard) proceeds to woo one of the five lady patients/inmates. It just feels ... I dunno ... much more exploitative
when you have the guy shooting fish in a barrel instead of meeting these girls on the outside, falling in love with them on the outside, and dealing with their psychiatric affliction as one part of the entire package.