I have now finished updating 1155 pictures from Date Ariane. There are 5 pictures from the original game that have not been updated because there really isn’t a need. If you want to see a history of the updates, I documented it on my tumblr blog.
The original game had 1278 pictures, the majority of pictures I “cut” were from a rarely seen “Whiskey” drunk scene which had over 100 pictures in it. I replaced it with a much simpler (and funnier) “Absinthe” scene consisting of 11 pictures. There are numerous other places I added or removed pictures. Most of the time I added to enhance a scene, and most of the time I removed pictures because they were redundant.
What about the “Classic” version?
With all the changes to both the graphics and the interface, it looks and feels like a new game even with identical plots. With that in mind I will continue to make the “Classic” edition available on my website as long as I have a web site. For now, when you go to http://arianeb.com/dategame.htm you will have your choice of two versions.
Yesterday, I re-uploaded a fresh copy of the old version so you no longer have to play often outdated versions on 3rd party websites like this guy did. I don’t know how popular the “classic” version will be in the future, but I’ll be monitoring it. Depending on how it goes, I will either move the old version to its own page accessible from the main page or just make it available as a download only.
Can I download the “10th Anniversary Edition”?
Not yet. After spending a month changing all the hidden links to open links to make the game more phone/tablet/touchscreen friendly, then spending 9 months redoing all the graphics, there is still a final step of correcting text, moving text links to better places on the screen, and general bug squashing.
There are certain ways I want the game to flow following certain rules, and currently that is not the case. Also, I need to make sure that every event in the game is reachable and every picture viewable through normal play. There were a few months there when the couch make out scene could not be finished due to a missing quotation mark in the code. Bottom line, I have not been very diligent in debugging during the graphics update.
That should change now that I’m done. I project another month to do debugging and text clean up, then I will make the game available to download. It should be a 120 MB download when its done.