蛇足: How Did This Get Made? No, seriously, how the fuck did this get made?

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Waffle’s 蛇足 (Dasoku) ended up being one of my favourite new eroge releases of 2020. Written and planned by Sakuraba Maruo as an official pseudo-sequel to his infamous 2014 title 駄作 (Dasaku, published by a different brand named Cyclet; one of my personal favourite eroge ever), Dasoku had pretty big shoes to… not even attempt to fill. See, Dasoku recognises the folly of trying to meaningfully build on a story as complete as Dasaku’s. Instead it subverts, perverts and even openly parodies its predecessor. At face value, it could uncharitably be called a bastardisation of everything Dasaku stood for. But precisely because of this, Sakuraba is able to create something unique, creative, engrossing, unpredictable and incredibly funny. Dasoku represents a truly insane gambit that I expect to be divisive even among its already very niche demographic (die-hard fans of a six-year-old guro nukige, which itself was already a hard sell) and it’s difficult to believe it even exists at all. Regardless of how you feel about Sakuraba’s work, I hope the fact that a game as ambitiously unsellable as Dasoku could even be made today can inspire some optimism toward the modern eroge market.

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A Curated Selection of 100 HRPGs


Hello and welcome to my list of 100 HRPGs. I’ve been a fan of HRPGs since I first played one in 2012-ish, but to me HRPGs are also a curse – when I start playing one, it dominates my day, and if I’m not careful I can spend weeks at a time doing nothing but play HRPGs. The fast-paced gameplay, constant gratification with early to access porn, and endless variety of games is one hell of a combination. It’s such a deadly combination for me that I sealed HRPGs off for 5 years after my initial bout in 2012, knowing that if unrestrained my addiction would become all-consuming. That all changed when a certain soon to be revealed title in 2017 appealed to my tastes so much that I broke my vow and played an HRPG again. As you can imagine from the title of this article, the following 3 years have been a chaotic storm where I rushed to play all the HRPGs of the past that looked good to me, as well as all future releasing titles which interested me. My journey is still far from over, but it occurred to me the other day that I have played literally hundreds of HRPGs and could write a “here’s 100 HRPGs I played and liked” kind of thing, which I immediately did. And here it is!

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Incoherent Thoughts on 大悪司, or FEMINISTS DESTROYED BY BASED JAPANESE YAKUZA MAN COMPILATION #32

opening the post with this INSANE tamanegi lore, the stuff of nightmares

What’s up my fellow capital G Gamers? I FINALLY finished off my first run in 大悪司 yesterday before going to bed. It’s definitely one of the cooler Alicesoft games I’ve played and yet I barely see anyone talking about it on the Western side of things. Strange. I wonder why that is. Maybe I’m just late to the party. Maybe it’s a little too old for modern erogamers. Or maybe, it’s something to do with what the game’s about. Who is to say. Before you read any further, I implore you to check out the amazing description on VNDB so you can draw your own conclusions and so that you know what it is we’re dealing with here. Go ahead, please.

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STEMA 3: THE ENDGINNING

Hey everybody, got another hot post from the VN mines for you all today. We have four writers this time: Zodi, beef2929, myself, and Jack. We all put in a good bit of work for some cool stuff we wanted to talk about. It is also quite the smattering of genres here – we got BL, we got furries, we got EVNs, and we got all ages games. There’s truly something for everyone. As always, this is open to anybody who likes novel games/eroge in general and would like to write about them. If you’d like to participate in one of these posts feel free to DM me on Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the posts!

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Lien ~終わらない君の唄~

Lien ~終わらない君の唄~ is a relatively obscure eroge created by Purple Software in the year of our Lord 2000, and written by one 荒川 工 (Arakawa Takumi).  I first came in contact with this title by way of some exceptionally hilarious screenshots fellow 紳士 hayate135 shared with me some months back.  My interest was immediately piqued by the Tanaka Romeo brand humor and what appeared to be some very snappy writing; in a much welcome deviation from the norm, I was not let down on either front.  After doing some research I was surprised to find an utter lack of information on what I feel is a game certainly worth reading, albeit one that hasn’t aged so well on the technical side of things.

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やばい indeed, Shirou
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Kikaijikake no Eve – Thoughts

I finished 機械仕掛けのイヴ ~Dea Ex Machina~ a few months back and still haven’t quite recovered. To this day, I’m not sure what possessed me during those 8 days of 10+ hour reading sessions but it’s one of the coolest experiences I’ve come across in the eroge medium; I consider it a kind of landmark in my journey. I was recommended this game rather enthusiastically for some time prior to reading (thanks Moogy and Metarail) so I was decently excited for it right off the bat, but I did not expect to fall in love with it the way I did. I was hooked from the first scene, and with the exception of some technical issues on my end it never really let up.

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いつか、届く、あの空に。

Quietly tucked away in popular moege company Lump of Sugar’s library of otherwise mundane tales of high school romance lies the sleeping giant that is Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni, henceforth referred to as Itsusora for convenience’s sake. Originally penned by veteran Shumon Yuu (more recently known from Asairo and Tenshi no Hane o Fumanaide fame) in the year 2006, it boasts an extraordinarily detailed setting populated with a cast of unique characters and a level of plot complexity few other titles can even begin to compete with.

Fair warning, this review will contain minor spoilers simply because the game is impossible to talk about in any significant way otherwise, but as always I will do my utmost to avoid anything that would seriously adversely effect a new reader’s enjoyment of the title.

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紅殻町博物誌

I most recently finished 紅殻町博物誌 (Bengarachou Hakubutsushi), the second title released by Liar-soft‘s often misrepresented and even more unknown sister brand raiL-soft. This marked my first experience with both this maker and its flagship author, the enigmatic Mareni. He’s probably most widely known in the west for being the guy who wrote Albatross Koukairoku, and as the writer whose work has ended up at the top of many eroge difficulty charts of questionable veracity throughout the years thanks to his high vocabulary level and distinct style.

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The RETURN of What Are We Reading? STEMA 2, Electric Boogaloo

Hey hey people, Sacred here. Back with another couple of reviews to hopefully drum up discussion and interest in some cool ass games. There are only two of us writing this time, but we both wrote FAT posts that we worked hard on and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them. This is also beef’s very first longform eroge blog post and I think it’s quite good, so a big round of applause for her is in order. We are probably going to be doing this fairly often-ish??? in the future and we’re more than open to including anyone who wants to participate in this kind of thing in later posts. Writing talent or experience or whatever doesn’t matter, if you have something you’d like to write about you’re welcome to join. If you are interested, feel free to DM me on Twitter or find me in the usual spots on Discord!

Enjoy!

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                                                       Title: 月に寄りそう乙女の作法
                                                                 Company: Navel
                                                     Author:東ノ助 (Higashinosuke)
                                                   Original Release Date: 2012-10-26

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