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/X/Tan Bust Sketch

A Forgotten Project: Forgotten Existence

XTAN Character Sprite
Ozoi Character Sprite
Alice the Succubus Character Sprite
The Butcher Character Sprite
Blood Mary Character Sprite
Ghost Jackie Character Sprite

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.

/X/Tan Bust Sketch
XTAN Character Sprite
/X/TAN Concept Sketch

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.

Scientist Concept
Succubus (Alice) Concept Sketches
The Butcher Concept Sketches
The "GreatMother" Concept

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.

Jake Wakefield
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