Back with a much anticipated Dating Sim update.
I released version 5.0 of the dating simulator a year ago, and thought it would be fun to do an update release. Since the last release I have found a few alternate “hacked” versions to the dating simulator. The general trend of these hacks were to make the game 1) easier, 2) more erotic, 3) more “Rebecca”. Two of them had the same “doin’ it twice” alternate ending, which I agree is better than my “lights out” ending in 5.0.
This is version 5.5 because for the past year I have been sneaking in minor changes to the online version. Last April I snuck in an alternative “pants” photoshoot. Last September I changed Rebecca’s annoyingly generic striptease routine to something completely ungeneric and just plain silly. Besides these changes I have been adding extra pictures here and there for better story flow, and replacing pictures I wasn’t happy with. Nothing really major.
One of the hacked versions I got came from “Rick” who did a version with sound effects, which while cool ultimately makes things too complicated. He also rewrote a lot of the dialogue, making it funnier and more playful. That I really liked enough to incorporate a lot of it. The text is now centered on every page and the text area is larger for up to 4 lines of dialogue. Instead of changing fonts of other characters, I changed the color of the text. Rebecca is in blue, all the other minor characters are in red.
In addressing the other changes people like to hack around:
Making it easier: Going from version 4 to 5, I established some rules and made them consistent. This was good until you get to the ending scenarios. Some of these were extra difficult. So I established some more consistent rules for ending scenarios. Some are a little harder as a result, most are easier. (hint: Ariane loves to dance!!)
More erotic: For purposes of keeping my website from being tagged “porn” I try to keep things R rated. There are some highly erotic moments in the game, true, but I follow this simple code: The difference between “erotic” and “porn” is in the lighting and camera angles. I did incorporate the “doin’ it twice” ending, adding two new animations to do it right.
More Rebecca: The original basic plan for Rebecca was to pick her up at the lingerie store, take her to the bar, go back to the house and swim. But what if you have already been to the club (and got thrown out)? I had to add a scenario that got you to a different club. But what if you have already been swimming? Well in 5.0 the game abruptly ends at the club, which is kinda lame. My original plan to fix this was originally big and elaborate (like 60 pictures big). Way too big for such a rare occurrence. Took me a while but I got it narrowed down to a size that only needed about 12 new pics. This is the only new “scenario” in 5.5. You still may experience the abrupt end by the way, but for different reasons (hint: Ariane loves to dance!!)
Other than that, most of the changes consist of rewriting some of the older scenarios and adding or changing some pictures, mostly for story flow purposes: “beer”, “whisky”, “truth or dare”, “skiing”, “swimming”, “park photoshoot”, and “convenience store”, have all been at least tweaked.
Since it was hacked versions that helped me out this time, I thought I’d change the licensing of the game. The game is now under creative commons: You are not allowed to make money off of it, or any derivations of it, you have to attribute the original source, and any versions you make should be open source as well. If you want to host it advertisement free somewhere else, go ahead. If you want to translate the text into other languages, go ahead. If you want to do versions on other media (i.e. ipod touch, console, flash, etc.), its OK. Actually, I’d love an ipod touch version, but if this isn’t allowed by Apple, I doubt the dating sim will.
Note: The version 5.5 has been up for a week, but I only fixed the last of the bugs (hopefully) today. If you downloaded it last week, you might want to download again.