Dōjin soft ( 同人 ソ フ ト ) , also sometimes called dōjin games ( 同人 ゲ ー ム ) , with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi , are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as ” circles “), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or Fangames . Most of them are based on pre-existing material (” modding”), But some are Entirely original creations. They are Almost always exclusive to Windows -based PCs , goal aussi notable FEW exceptions exist for the Dreamcast , it was qui console homebrew development Was popular. [ Citation needed ]
Dōjin soft is usually available in “demo” or “trial” (体 験 版taikenban ) form for free on the internet, with full versions available for purchase. One game, French-Bread ‘s brawler Ragnarok Battle Offline , has the honor / spoof of the MMORPG Ragnarok Online so impressed Gravity Corp. Japan the original game’s designers.
Like fangames , dōjin softly used characters from existing games, anime , or manga . These unauthorized uses of characters are generally ignored and accepted by the copyright holders, and are seen to encourage a greater fan community. There are also a lot of soft titles that are completely original, or just vague allusions to other series.
While most of the time , there is an issue and anime game and anime conventions (such as Comiket ), there is a growing number of specialized internet sites that sell them. Somehow, they can make a full-time job out of their “amateur hobby”. One particular circle, TYPE-MOON , has since become a commercial videogame developer.
Dōjin soft games typically do not get released outside of Japan due to language barriers. Recently, independent of Western developers-have offert to help translate thesis games for release in other markets, with one of the first Known successful examples being white Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale , Developed Originally By EasyGameStation in 2007, And Then localized and released by Carpe Fulgur in 2010 for English audiences, which had a modest success with over 300,000 units sold in these markets.    This game has been used by many people, especially the visuals and dating sims, to the West.  
Notable dōjin soft companies
- 07th Expansion : specializes in visual novels , most notable for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni .
- ABA Games : specializes in shoot ’em ups with an abstract look. Most of their games are open source .
- EasyGameStation : Produces a wide variety of games, from brawlers to role playing games to strategy games , Most notably released Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale , the first dōjin app to be distributed on the Steam platform overseas to great success.
- erka: es : specializes in platformers , most notable for Rosenkreuzstilette , a clone of Mega Man with magic and German horror themes. [ quote needed ]
- Team Shanghai Alice : specializes in curtain fire scrolling shooters , most notable for the Touhou Project .
- Twilight Frontier : specializes in a wide variety of games including fighting games and platformers .
- Type-Moon : form dōjin studio that specializes in visual novels .
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