A Forgotten Project: Forgotten Existence
Six of the eight dateable options for the game Forgotten Existence. 4chan’s paranormal board’s own X-tan and Ozoi, who I believe was a horror character from another similar image board. Both were characters that existed before the game was conceived, but were owned by no person in particular. A succubus named Alice, a mysterious character named “the butcher,” “Bloody Mary,” and a ghost named “Jackie” were all created for the game based on horror creatures tropes or classic urban legends.
Art I created of X-tan, the avatar/mascot of 4chan’s paranormal board. I’m not sure how the mythos of the character has evolved since the olden days but back then X-tan fluctuated between being a female and male. I suppose you could call the character non-binary. They were known for being a lover or horror movies and had a affinity for dark magic. You can just read all about the tradition of board mascots over on Know Your Meme.
Happy throw-back Thursday artist buddies. My sort of recent post about DDLC reminded me of an indie game I helped out with nearly a decade ago. If you follow the indie game scene for a few years, you might remember the game Katawa Shoujo. It was a dating sim that was released in 2012 by a Four Leaf Studios, a clever name for a group that started on 4chan. (Their logo is a four-leafed clover.) I mention that game because the game I helped out on, Forgotten Existence, was also a dating sim that originated on 4chan. In this case, Forgotten Existence originated on the paranormal (/x/) board.
Additional character sketches and concepts that were never quite finished included: a Victor Frankenstein inspired mad-scientist, an amphibious humanoid, a narcissistic vampire and a mad knight-templar.
It never quite got past an alpha release though. It was a game build by passionate hobbyists. Like so many of those games do, excitement fizzled without a monetary incentive to keep working hard. The game would have been a horror theme escape-room style puzzle solving game disguised as a dating sim. I have no idea what happened to the dispersed team. It was fun at the time, but I wouldn’t count on it coming back from the dead.
Weirdly enough, working on this game was the reason “cosamo” became my online artist avatar. At the time, I was still using my “csujake” name that I made when I first signed up for DeviantArt. The old csujake Deviant Art page is still up, like a little time capsule filled with my old illustrations. Now that’s a throwback. I miss the art community that was there. Doing comic collaborations with other awesome artists was a great way to learn early on. But, so, csujake wasn’t a clever name. I’m Jake and I went to Colorado State University (CSU). It’s simple. But most people were reading it as “tzu-jah-kay” as if it were a Japanese word. So I switched over to cosamo, which is just where I live, Colorado (CO), plus my favorite art piece at the time, the Nike of Samothrace (SAMO). It was nothing fancy.
Anyways, I wonder whatever happened to the old team. I hope they went on to make cool things.