Hey Blerdy Tribe!! Happy New Year! The dumpster fire that was 2020 is officially behind us and with it the promise of better things in the new year! This is the very first Monday of 2021 and what better way to kick things off than with some melanin friendly games! If this is your first time here at Blerdy Otome, welcome!
Every Monday I spotlight video games that focus on stories surrounding more diverse casts of characters—for folks like me looking for a bit more representation in their games. Video games are for everyone, so shouldn’t their stories and characters be just as diverse as the people that play them? So I created this series to celebrate games that strive to tell much more diverse stories centering on Black and Brown individuals.
If you’re interested in seeing previous melanin friendly games posts, click HERE. This week, I’m spotlighting the queer positive Esports visual novel, High Elo Girls, from Split Fate Studios.
Play as Rafaela, a college dropout seeking direction by trying out for Momentum Gaming (MMG), an ambitious team of five high level players come together to compete in a once in a lifetime competition, The Targon Invitational, for entry into the closed League Championship Series (LCS).
– High Elo Girls | Game Synopsis
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Looking for a super cute game to kick off the new year? Look no further than Best Friends Forever, the dating sim where navigating the complexities of modern dating is made all the more fun with the help of your very own furever friend! Developed by New Zealand based indie studio Starcolt, Best Friends Forever one part dating sim, one part pet care game.
Start your brand new life in sunny Rainbow Bay, take in the sights and sounds of the city—raise a cute pup and get to know the colorful cast of singles and their furry companions. Make new friends and maybe even find love along the way. Adopt your own cute doggo and form a bond that will last a lifetime! Romance and cute doggos, what’s not to love?
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Hey Blerdy Tribe, so I finally managed to finish an otome game in the same year it was released—miracles do happen! This is a huge accomplishment for me since I have a bad habit of buying games on launch day and NOT playing them until months if not years later. To put things in perspective, Code Realize came out in 2014 and I’ve still not finished it. So finishing Café Enchanté just a month after its release is a personal best for me.
Aksys Games unleashed Piofiore Fated Memories and Café Enchanté on us, just a few months apart from each other and not gonna lie when I’m confronted with the choice between Hot Mafia boys and hot supernatural beings… I’m going to pick the hotties that bite each and every time… besides didn’t Poni-Pachet have the whole mafia boys thing covered boys back in 2013. So, I put a pin in Piofiore and dove headfirst into the world of angels, demons, and secret agents… oh my!
As it is with all otome releases, in Café Enchanté you take on the role of Kotone Awari an absolutely normal young Japanese woman who is at a bit if a crossroads in her life. She’s working a thankless and emotionally draining office job and to top things off her beloved grandfather, Souan recently passed. Still grieving her loss, Kotone learns that gramps left her his café in his will. Despite having no clue how to run a coffee shop, Kotone quits here crappy job and heads to Tokyo to fulfill her grandpappy’s wish of taking over the family business. She soon discovers that the shop is hiding more secrets than she could ever imagined. Café Enchanté caters to a very exclusive clientele—non-human beings from parallel worlds! And so begins her coffee fueled journey of magic, adventure, and romance~
Say what you will about Nitro+Chiral and their games, but beneath all the angst, leather, and dubious consent are some pretty introspective stories. Sure, their games tend to be on the darker and edgier side of things, taking readers to some less than savory places, but when it really gets down to it there is always an underlying message that serves as the lifeblood of their stories. In Sweet Pool the story explores the inevitability of fate and the difference between being pulled along by forces beyond your control or embracing your lot in life. While Dramatical Murder takes a few notes from Freud in its exploration of the human psyche…among other things… So, going into Togainu no Chi I was prepared for a dark, yet thought provoking story… and let’s see if it lived up to expectations.
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Hey there Blerdy Tribe, it’s Melanin Monday here on Blerdy Otome and that means I’m spotlighting another Melanin Friendly Game! For those of you just joining the party—every Monday I spotlight games that feature Black and brown characters for anyone looking for titles with just a bit more representation. As a blerd and a gamer, I am always on the lookout for representation in my games. This is largely a personal project for me—there are almost no “diverse game” tags on major game sites—so, it can be pretty difficult find games with characters of color… unless you already know where to look.
In last week’s post I spotlighted Later Daters, the dating sim where you play as sexy seniors on the prowl for love~. This week I’m looking at the hilarious adventure game, Andromeda Six from Wanderlust Games.
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