Katawa Shoujo was released yesterday, five years after the project was started on 4chan and about ten to eleven years after the concept was first posted. It's entirely free of charge. This is a Visual Novel about a schoolboy who finds out in the most dramatic way that he suffers from a heart condition and is sent to a school for children who require additional care, be it because of missing limbs, or because they're deaf or blind. It's a dating visual novel, but one which focuses entirely on the story, no resource management game behind this one. Unlike Angie, this is the model I prefer because I play these games solely for the characters and expect the writing to be good enough to hold me. Anything else just feels like it gets in my way. In 2009 Act 1 was released, which represents about a fifth to a quarter of the game I think. It was a big surprise because it was actually really well written and tastefully done. I rather enjoyed it and found myself wanting more, but progress was slow and I was expecting the project to die. Shortly after this release one of the developers put up a blog post which went into more detail about the development of content thus far. A further post covering everything after that point has also been written. In 2010 a taster trailer was put out. I believe it had been put together specifically for an event the Japanese translation team were attending. Nothing new for those who had played the demo, but I did enjoy the music and I thought the presentation was rather good. Finally, out-of-the-blue came an announcement that the game was ready for release, along with another trailer celebrating the development of the game. I noted immediately that the graphics for the introduction were much improved.Well I'm downloading the site torrent now and will be trying to fit it in between my KOTOR and Old Republic gaming. I believe the final product has nude scenes in it (H scenes I think they're called), so I might be playing this when the other half isn't around so as to avoid the eye of judgement ;)Congrats to the team for managing to put this out though, and I only hope the rest of the game is as good as the part of Act 1 that I played.