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Dōjin soft

Dōjin soft

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. [1] [2] [3] This game has been used by many people, especially the visuals and dating sims, to the West. [4] [5]

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 .

See also

  • Fangames
  • Adventure game
    • Graphic adventure game
    • Visual novel
  • Dating sim
    • Bishōjo game
    • eroge
    • Otome game
  • History of Eastern role-playing video games
    • RPG Maker
  • Indie game
    • List of indie game developers


  1. Jump up^ Alexander, Leigh (2011-01-03). “Fulghur Carp Talks Sales Reality As Promos Lead Reclaim Over 100,000 Units” . Gamasutra . Retrieved 2011-01-03 .
  2. Jump up^ Webster, Andrew (2010-12-21). “Low prices, low expectations? Ars looks at indie game pricing” . Ars Technica . Retrieved 2011-01-04 .
  3. Jump up^ Meer, Alec (2011-01-17). “Post Mortem: Recettear” . Rock, Paper, Shotgun . Retrieved 2011-01-17 .
  4. Jump up^ Riva, Celso (July 13, 2015). “Making and selling visual novels and dating sims” . Gamasutra . Retrieved November 11, 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Sanchez, Miranda (June 6, 2014). “Hatoful Boyfriend Coming to US This Summer” . IGN .