1. What’s “Coming Out On Top”?
It’s a video game about a college guy who comes out of the closet. It could also be called a dating sim, an interactive comic book, or visual novel.
It’s currently under development. I’m planning to release it sometime in spring 2014. I’ll post a definite date as soon as I can!
2. Can I Play the Demo?
Yes. Download it here. (Warning: the demo’s pretty old and the art’s been spruced up since.)
You need to be at least 18 to play it. It’s not the kind of game you want to play with your grandmother in the room. Unless she’s like, into that kind of thing.
3. Is This One of Those Pornographic Flash Games?
No. Though it’s got explicit and uncensored sexual content, it also has a lot of story and dialogue. If you’re looking for a porn game, you’re going to be really disappointed.
Imagine a graphic novel that allows you to make decisions that will affect the story.
And yes, the censorship hearts will be removed in the full game.
4. What Sort of System Do I Need to Play This?
A computer running Windows, Mac, or Linux.
5. What About Steam? Or iOS? Or Android?
Because of the erotic content in the game, it’s not going to happen any time soon. Please remind the people at iOS or Steam that if the public can handle gruesomely violent video games, they can probably handle illustrated pictures of people having sex, thanks!
Not sure about Android yet. I have to look into it after the PC version is released!
6. How Much Will The Game Cost? What Payment System Will You Use?
If you get on the preorder mailing list, I’ll send you pre-order info before I release the game, and it will be $15 USD. Retail price will be $20 USD.
I don’t know what payment methods I’ll be offering at the moment, but I’ll definitely try to cover as many as possible for customers worldwide.
7. Can I Still Contribute to Your Kickstarter Campaign?
Thank you for asking, but the funding period ended January 20th, 2013! I would love it if you bought the game though, and spread the word about it to as many people as you can! :)
You can go to http://obscurasoft.com/contact-memailing-list/ and ask to be put on the mailing list, I’ll send you info about preordering, so you can get the game at a discount.
8. Is This A Yaoi or Bara Game?
If by yaoi or bara you mean a game focused on gay male relationships, yes. If you mean a Japanese game with anime art and/or seme/uke relationships, no.
9. It’s So Very White In Here!
Two of the five main guys are non-white. They (along with Brad) weren’t in the demo.
10. Why Are There Not More Body Types?
It’s an important question, so thanks for asking.
I started this project with the intent of making something very different from the existing yaoi and bara games I saw from Japan.
This meant 1) not having the seme/uke relationships that are prevalent in yaoi (it’s cool if others like them, I just don’t find them personally very hot), and 2) not having the very slim guys that are in Yaoi and the bigger guys you see in Bara. In other words, as crazy as it sounds, I didn’t see a whole of guys who actually look like Mark, Ian, etc.
My actual mindset at the time was “Who the hell’s going to want to play this when they’ve already got Yaoi/Bara? I’m just going to make the kind of guys I want to see, that I don’t see in those other games.”
Unfortunately, I had no clue this game would attract so many players (the demo’s been downloaded over 40,000 times), with a such a wide diversity of tastes.
At this point I feel really odd about changing any of the main guys dramatically. I’ve put an insane amount of work into their characters and story. When someone asks “can’t you just add a ___ guy?”, it’s actually a huge deal for me to be able to do so. Each main character gets the equivalent of a movie-script worth of dialogue, and because the quality of the writing is so important to me, I refuse to whip up a half-baked plot just to add another guy or two, given the amount of time I have.
What I’ve decided to do instead is introduce new dateable guys through future add-ons. Even though they won’t be full-fledged relationships, there should be a lot more variety, and if any of the guys get really popular, I’ll consider making a full sequel, giving them (or a similar kind of guy) an entire story-line for you to explore.
11. You’re A Woman. This Game Seems Like It Should Be Made By A Man. A Gay Man.
You’re probably right. I actually would have loved it if a gay man made a full-fledged, Western gay dating sim before I started this project. The fact is, nobody had bothered to do so. If they had, I certainly wasn’t able to find that game after fruitless searches. And well, here we are!
A lot of people continue to be surprised this was written by a woman. (Hey, I do my research.) I also happen to think our world would be a little sadder if we couldn’t write outside of ourselves. You have plenty of gay men creating things for and about women from a woman’s perspective (I’m looking at you, dude responsible for Sex in The City). I respect anyone who can do that. But you know what, I’ll let the game speak for itself.
I do rely on a lot of feedback from my testers, in a sincere effort to make sure nothing is “off.” Please feel free to play the demo and send me your criticisms. I appreciate all feedback, good or bad, since I’m always striving to make the game better.
12. The Demo Is Hilarious/Fun/Awesome/Hot, etc. and I Love You.
I love you too.