Oh look at that headline! You’d imagine I was homophobic reading that – but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the headline stems from the name of a brand new game, actually called No Thank You!!!, that’s the first – to my mind – fully fledged homosexual dating sim. A Japanese dating visual novel, No, Thank You!!! Was released in Nippon last year, but it’s now getting a Western, English release. And it’s out tomorrow.
It’s the story of a young man named Haru, who’s lost his memory in some sort of accident. Here’s what the games official site says of the game:
“Our protagonist protects a man from an out of control car, but gets hit and loses his memory in the process. The man he saved happens to be the owner of a jazz bar, sótano. Out of sympathy for his hapless savior, the man decides to set him up with a job and a place to live.
From the outside, sitano looks like a cozy little jazz bar, but behind the scenes they solve problems that the police and legitimate detective agencies won’t touch. The staff there give our protagonist the name “Haru”. He gradually makes his way deeper into the organization, and the hearts and lives of the staff, while working as an apprentice bartender. But just who is Haru really…?”
As with other visual novels, which tend to focus on heterosexual relationships, this one deals exclusively with male homosexual ones. Like those games, it includes some rather explicit images, including full on penetration – but unlike the Japanese releases, they won’t be all pixellated and blocked out. It also has lots of male fondling, kissing and perhaps, even genuine romance.
Interestingly, it’ll even have a feature that allows players to customise the visible body hair.
“Yes, you read that right, No, Thank You!!! lets you adjust the amount of body hair displayed on the characters. The settings menu allows you to adjust how much hair is displayed on a per-character basis. The settings affect both how sprites are displayed and CGs.”
For anyone interested, you can see more, and pre-order the game from its official site. As far as I’m concerned, this is pretty cool. It’s rare – or rather – impossible to find a game that caters exclusively to gay men, and it would be great to see more. And seeing as this isn’t the sort of game that the people who like to complain about all of those damned social justice warriors ruining their games would even play there’s little need for them to moan.
Last Updated: February 26, 2015