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Time:05:19 pm
Thanks to one of my favorite Lets Play threads in a while, I just bought the full version of Hatoful Boyfriend, which is ... well, basically you start with a dating sim starring Google Image Search stock photo birds (though sometimes they dress up in maid outfits and the like and yes this is a real screenshot from a real game) but once you can accept that totally sensible and logical premise, then things start to get weird from there. Like, this is already weird enough when you think you're just there to date stock photo birds, but ... well, let's just say that's not even what usually ends up happening.

(One of my favorite Let's Play threads ever if you want to see just how deep the madness runs. Suffice it to say that DLSite's product page rating it G is a dirty lie, unless that's a Japanese G, which presumably stands for Guro.)

Anyway, since I now have the full version, I did a playthrough Livestream last night. It was just a few friends and a few more people they invited, but an awesome and highly amusing time was had by all, even though that's not really to my credit--I basically just sat there and made the face you see in my icon while playing, and the absurdity of the game itself was where most of the humor arose. And that was one of the less weird paths, though some of the people who were there but didn't read the thread might not believe me on that. To that I say: just you wait.

So, since experiment one was such a success, I'm totally going to do this again. http://www.livestream.com/kjorteo , video recap of last night's session is there (skip to about 16:10 unless you're deeply fascinated with watching me struggle to get the audio and visual streaming working) and I'll be streaming again sometime next weekend, probably Saturday the 25th eveningish. We'll see, though. Anyway, hopefully everybirdy can make it!
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xaq
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Time:2012-02-20 01:48 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but the moment my brain got to "dating sim with stock photos of birds" it refused to go any farther. That concept is just....too ridiculous for me to wrap my head around, even after coming to terms with the fact that some people juggle geese.

(Sorry, been watching a lot of Firefly recently.)
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-02-20 02:13 am (UTC)
Like I said, "dating sim with stock photos of birds" is where this game starts, and then, if you stick with it, it only gets more deranged from there. davidn had about the same reaction you did, and then he sat in on last night's stream. He's been making the face from this reply's icon ever since. It's awesome, you should totally come by next time.
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xaq
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Time:2012-02-20 04:13 am (UTC)
Wait...it gets worse?

But...that....how could th--


[FATAL ERROR: Wilrenbrain.exe has suffered a fatal exception error at 0xBAD1DEA and must be restarted. Please insert fig newton to continue.]
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-02-20 04:16 am (UTC)
I'm having enough trouble convincing davidn that it gets worse even from what he saw! You'll just have to ask him (or watch the recap vid of the stream, or read the thread) to see just how much worse it gets from the basic premise. My words alone can't really do it justice, I don't think.
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davidn
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Time:2012-02-20 02:23 am (UTC)
After last night - keeping in mind that this morning I felt compelled to go back on to the page and just check to see the video was there and I hadn't been part of some sort of mass hallucination - I can confirm that, in the grand scheme of the game, the concept of being a human in a school full of birds isn't the weird bit. The thing that Kjorteo keeps saying, that the pudding-fuelled psychosis that we witnessed last night is also not the weird bit, is completely unimaginable to me.
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-02-20 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm going to have you come back and reply to your own comment here after you've seen the path I'm thinking of, just as a fair warning.
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davidn
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Time:2012-04-01 01:34 pm (UTC)
All right. I am... not entirely sure how to describe the gulf between what I thought was the limit of madness and where we currently stand. Since then, the game has opened up so many different genres of insanity that I never knew could be contained in one visual novel author's manic heart - BLASTER was amusingly mental, Shuu was... terrifying (on more than a couple of routes), Anghel was beautifully absurd, where we are now is psychotic. And every single time it reaches a peak where I think we've seen all we possibly can... it either tops it (usually with a route that I suggested as a joke) or opens up an entirely new window and dives through it into feathery bedlam.

This game scares me.
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-04-01 06:47 pm (UTC)
(Or, if it's Anghel we're talking about, it dives through the window into feathery bedlam without bothering to open it up first.)
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lupineangel
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Time:2012-02-20 10:28 pm (UTC)
What the unholy fuck

Seriously, what

Livestream doesn't work for me (it thinks I don't have a Flash Player update, when I'm on the latest version), but I read that Let's Play thread, right up to the point where the fat doctor feeds you the other bird, then kills you, mounts your head on his wall, and then has sex with your intestines.





Seriously, I haven't been this creeped out by a game since the Happy Mask Man goes psycho on Link and shakes him around by his collar in Majora's Mask. Where did you find this... thing, and who the hell thinks this stuff up?

D.F.

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davidn
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Time:2012-02-20 11:57 pm (UTC)
Are we at the weird bit yet?
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-02-21 12:46 am (UTC)
Slightly closer!
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-02-21 12:51 am (UTC)
RATED G

Also, congratulations on your newfound inability to see Chukar Partridges in a normal light ever again.

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crassadon
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Time:2012-02-22 01:45 am (UTC)
Mmmm yeah, hot Japanese highschool chicks.... I got off twice to watching your recording! Thanks!! :9
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-02-22 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure all of them except the biker chick were guys... though admittedly the snooty racist one is pretty enough to throw me off on that, like, almost every time.
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crassadon
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Time:2012-02-22 06:09 am (UTC)
"I'm pretty sure all of them except the biker chick were guys"

Oh, whow, thanks for telling me! You don't know what I was going through there!! :P :P :P
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