I guess I could make up a simple porn or dating game, but I actually love my characters and care quite a bit what happens to them. I write them trying to make them as real and as fresh to players as possible. It comes down to this: whether or not you play for erotic content, I want you to fall in love with them too.
If you played the old demo, you're probably aware that the premise just wasn't about Mark and whether or not he scored a date with someone. There was actually a story with humor and suspense that unfolded as you played the game.
I actually haven't played many dating sims, so I thought having a compelling story was typical...but apparently not. I've been told it's often a case of the players just trying to get somebody's affection (or get in their pants.) That's not what Coming Out On Top is actually about. Every guy who is obtainable has his own personal and highly individualistic struggles, which also poses a challenge for the your character.
In the full game, you'll have guys with some pretty deep issues. Not stuff like "oh hey, he's one of those awkward and shy types...how do I romance this guy?" but questions like, "he's Mormon and in the closet...what the HELL do I do now?!?" I suppose that's a little intense for a simple dating game, but Coming Out On Top is not a simple dating game.
Sure, its game mechanics are simple, (think "Choose Your Own Adventure") but I put a lot of thought into the writing of it so the characters feel very real and you care about what happens to them. It's probably one reason the old demo struck a chord with people in spite of its clunky cartoon art! (Speaking of which, I'm very excited to see what the new artwork will have on the game!)
So I know I've been probably pulling in a lot of folks expecting an erotic adventure (it will be hot, yes, don't you worry!), but I think a lot of you will be surprised that the Coming Out On Top isn't simply that. If anything, my goal is to leave you remembering its characters and their stories for a long time to come.
So for those of you looking for a pure porn game, I apologize. But if you're looking for a hot game that will alternately keep you laughing and intrigued (my goal, anyways), please stay tuned.