“I honestly didn’t know what to expect,” Danielle Hargrave told is one of the only dating sims about real people, and it’s impossible to ignore how weird the idea sounds at first.
The original plan was for a small game: simple and fun, with 14 different endings and minimal voice acting.
Instead, , the more serious the visual novel became.
A few months into production, the pair realised the project was getting too big to handle by themselves, especially as word of mouth spread.
The developers put on Kickstarter, hoping to bring in $US12,000 ($16,473) to amp up production a bit.
Being famous on You Tube might seem flashy, with some channels accruing millions of subscribers and views.
But for the most part it’s just someone in their house, chatting intimately with a viewer as if they were old friends…or lovers.
Enter In 2014, video game and pop culture channel Normal Boots was getting ready to relaunch after a hiatus.
They’d taken a few years off because they weren’t sure what direction to take the site.
The shows have about 7.5-million subscribers and one billion views between them, so coming back was a big deal for them and their followers.
As part of the celebration, artist Danielle Hargrave and writer Cara Hillstock approached the hosts of Normal Boots with a wild idea: they wanted to make a dating simulator.
Specifically, Hillstock and Hargrave were interested in creating a visual novel, which is a video game genre popular in Japan in which most of the action happens through dialogue.