Putting this here for the sake of maintaining a portfolio: my first big feature on another site came out today. It’s an essay about the dating sim Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side, published over at ZEAL, which is easily one of my favourite sources for interesting writing. I’m really proud of this, and hopefully it’ll be the first of many!

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5 Responses to News!

  1. Wow, that’s so cool! I’m going to read it. Loved the 3rd game since it’s the only one I played haha. I’m not a fan of high school themed otoge so I can say that I really did think this game nailed it. It was fun! I like how your “friends” from previous games became an actual friend in the last game instead of you fighting over a dude.


  2. “The thing about Tokimeki Memorial is that it makes being a teenage girl look easy.” True! I played this when I was about 16? and I felt like the game was telling me I had to mold myself to the desires of the guy I was pursuing. Not only that, but the heroine is molded to look attractive, so for someone who doesn’t fit the standards of femininity and attractiveness, it will be harder for them to find a guy they want who will like them back. It stinks that this is how society works.

    Well, I did have fun with the 3rd game, and went after the class president. He felt like one of the only guys who actually liked the heroine-so long as she kept her grades up lol. The dandy president creeped me out.


  3. SOrry for spamming your comments but I wanted to say that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog!


  4. Bat says:

    Hey there. I was looking around on Zeal and I read this essay- congratulations on the publication, btw- and I wanted to say that I related to it. I’ve never played the game, but I appreciated your opening up about your experiences with femininity. It resonated with me, and so did what you said about your sexuality.
    Interesting stuff about the role strain women experience dating men.
    It made me want to see an analysis of the game’s take on femininity that explored the issues in Japanese culture.


    • Gaby says:

      Hey, thanks so much for commenting! I’m really glad to hear that what I said resonated with you. And yeah, I’d also love to read an article coming at it from the perspective of someone who’s more familiar with Japan than I am – things like discrepancies in culture are really fascinating, imo.


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