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1. What’s “Coming Out On Top”?
The first gay dating sim/visual novel from Obscurasoft, Coming Out on Top follows college student Mark Matthews as he busts out of the closet and engages in all manner of adventure, all the while meeting a multitude of hot guys. Whether he does the right thing, wrong thing, stupid thing, or funny thing is up to you. Beard and body hair options available for all the guys. It’s available for purchase! (You must be 18 or over to play.)
With your purchase, you’ll also get all the DLC and add-ons I’ll be releasing this year, all included in the price of the game. These goodies include:
- a secret relationship route (ETA May 2015)
- at least 7 more guys in the form of “Brofinder dates”, where Mark will go on a variety of fun dates with different dudes.
- other fun content
The game is a downloadable file for Windows/Mac/and Linux systems. (It’s compatible with Mac OS 10.6 or higher)
YOU MUST BE 18 OR OVER TO PURCHASE THIS GAME DUE TO SEXUAL CONTENT.
2. Questions About Purchasing
- Confidentiality: If you purchase this game with a credit card, the name of the game and the name Obscurasoft will NOT show up on your statement. What will show up is: “WWW.BMTMICRO-INFO.COM 910-792-9100 NC”. BMTMicro sells mainly all-ages indie games.
- BMT Micro Doesn’t Take My Card/PayPal/Amazon. I’ll be trying to add other vendors as soon as I can. Apologies for the inconvenience, it’s tough to find any vendors who deal with adult games AND offer a wide variety of payment options. (So far the only vendor I’ve found requires me to censor the game.) In the meantime, one option is to check if there is a Paysafe nearest you. (Paysafe is a prepaid card available throughout the world. It’s confidential and used by many physical and online vendors, including BMT Micro.)
- What System Do I Need to Run It? Windows, Mac (10.6 or higher), or Linux.
3. Technical Stuff
- Where is the Gallery/New Scene/Latest Content? You have an older version of the game. The original email from BMT has the link that will get you the latest version.
- How Do I Install It? The game comes in a .zip file. Unzip it into a folder. (download a free program like 7-zip or the Winzip trial version if you don’t have a zip program.) Once you’ve unzipped it, open the folder. If you’re a Windows user, double click the .exe file inside. If you’re on Mac, double click the .app icon. On Linux, run the .sh script. Note: do not pull the .exe file or the .app icon out of the folder. For the game to work, you need to run the file inside the folder.
- Game won’t run. There’s no error message. Certain zip programs have problems opening the game, and will unzip a damaged version. If this happens, please try right clicking the .zip file and using a different .zip program. (This seems to happen especially with some people running a different .zip program than the one already installed with their Mac OS.)
- Game won’t run on Yosemite or Windows 8. Newer versions of the game (1.2.0 and up) should run fine on these new platforms. If you’re still having problems or are trying to run the demo on Yosemite, hold CTRL then click on the .app file. To run it on Windows 8, right click on the .exe file and run it as an administrator (you might want to choose ALWAYS run as an administrator). This has to do with heightened security measures for the newer OS’s that unfortunately lock out small game developers like myself.
- Game won’t save on Windows 8. Right click on the .exe file and run the game as an administrator. You should be able to save now. (Again, this has to with increasing security measures for the new OS’s that are starting to lock out small developers. In the meantime, that’s the quick fix!)
- On Windows, the game just “hangs” there instead of opening. 1) Update your drivers. 2) If it’s still hanging, close the file. Hold down shift while opening the game. A menu will show up, and choose “FORCE SOFTWARE RENDERER.” Close the game and try running it again.
4. I’m Stuck!
- Where Can I Get Walkthroughs? I’ll post one eventually, but it’s going to be slow while I’m in the midst of fixing bugs, patching the game and working on Kickstarter rewards. A sympathetic soul posted a walkthrough/guide. Please note Jed’s route might be slightly different since the latest 1.2.0 gallery patch.
- Is there a way to skip through parts I’ve been through so I can find other endings or scenes? Change the skip options under preferences, then use TAB to skip through dialogue you’ve already seen. You can also save often and reload to return to those points in the game. The gallery will show you what scenes you might have missed.
- Tip: Use ‘S’ to take a screenshot anytime during the game. It will save it to your game folder.)
- Bugs. Please use this page or the email listed there to report bugs (and let me know your operating system and version of the game if you do.) There is a list of reported bugs here.
5. Is there a demo?
Yes. Download it here. The demo has “censor” bars over certain bits. The full game has none.
Note: 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.
6. Is This One of Those Pornographic Flash Games?
No. Though it’s got explicit and uncensored sexual content, it also has a loooot 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 censor bars are removed in the full game.
7. What about buying Kickstarter Rewards if I wasn’t a backer?
You’ll be able to purchase the ‘Raunchy Tell-All Art Book?’ in 2015 though I don’t have a date set for it yet! I’m hoping to add a special disc edition eventually, as well as other merchandise.
8. 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.
9. Can I Still Contribute to Your Kickstarter Campaign?
Thank you for asking, but the funding period ended over a year ago! I would love it if you bought the game though, and spread the word about it to as many people as you can! :)
10. Why Are There Not More Body Types?
When I started this project I found there were already quite a few Japanese games with heavier/muscular guys and slimmer built guys. In other words, as crazy as it sounds, I didn’t see a whole of guys who actually look like Mark, Ian, etc.
Unfortunately, I had no clue this game would attract as many players as it has, with a such a wide diversity of tastes.
I’ll be adding more dateable guys through future add-ons. Even though they won’t be full-fledged relationships, there should be a lot more variety.
But yes, in terms of the existing core game, I concur it’s unable to cater to specific demographics.
11. You’re A Woman. This Game Seems Like It Should Be Made By A 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. So 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. Hey! You can’t wear a beard in the U.S. military!
True, most servicemembers can’t! Originally I was going to make Phil’s beard unlockable, but it seemed kind of sad his beard would be accessible ONLY after you played his path.
13. The Game Is Hilarious/Fun/Awesome/Hot, etc. and I Love You.
I love you too!