Build Your Own Dating Sim

Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Do you have a weird and great idea for a dating sim or a visual novel? Want to explore a new interactive medium to tell YOUR stories? Are you an artist or a writer who loves games, but doesn’t know where to start? Join comic artist and Pixelles alumni Kim Hoang and figure it out together!

A computer running Windows is required, as we will be using Construct 2 for the workshop.

  • If you have a Windows laptop, please download and install Construct 2 before the workshop (it’s free).
  • If you have a Mac, you can run the program in a Windows virtual machine such as Parallels, Bootcamp, Virtual Box or VMWare. Here are step-by-step instructions on getting Virtual Box running.
  • Alternatively, we have Windows laptops with Construct 2 installed that you can borrow for the duration of the workshop.

Perfect for beginners, and especially ideal for artists! No knowledge of coding needed, but you will acquire some general programming logic, should you want to learn more later.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Use pre-made art and sound assets in a step-by-step tutorial — walk through the hardest part of the process without needing to bring anything to class. If you want to bring in your own artwork, that’s also totally okay! Just follow our guidelines.
  • Discuss game design variance in dating sims, and how to implement them.
  • Create your own unique dialogue and narrative on the fly, and share your creation with an interested group.

What is a dating sim?

Dating sims are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements. They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance. The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship. A romantic simulation game (恋愛シミュレーションゲーム ren’ai shimyurēshon gēmu) in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an “attraction meter” which can increase or decrease depending on one’s decisions.

This workshop was originally hosted by our Montreal sister organization Pixelles on September 23, 2014. Thanks for letting us borrow Kim, friends!

Registration is free, but we gladly accept donations at the door.


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