For reasons of foul language and admittedly blatant copyright issues, I did not officially submit my game to the GGJ13 archives. But my experiment, using “Visual Novel / Dating Sim” engine Ren’Py to adapt Telltale’s Walking Dead conversation mechanics to cringe-humor HBO series Girls, seems to prove out my theory that it is at least technically possible.
This is based on a scene from season one’s “Vagina Panic” episode. I picked it because I think it works reasonably well, even if you don’t know anything about the characters when you start.
I had plans to replace all the visuals with my own art style, but 48 hours is not a lot of time to learn a new scripting language and make art, and I had to at least attempt to write branches of the script that approximate Jessa, Hannah, and Shosh’s voices.
I’d like to spend more time on this and do it up right.
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