Dating games 4 girls
For many Deviant Art lurkers in the late 2000s and early 2010s, the name Pacthesis brings to mind a specific image: a yellow background with a grumpy-looking coffee cup, the logo of a particular Deviant Art dating sim maker.
And more than that, the name recalls a specific time in these young, female fans’ lives: when they discovered a world of games developed by, and made for, people just like them.
As she said during a 2010 Q&A session on Deviant Art: “[I] just made sim dates, posted them one by one on deviant ART, people faved them and my stuff tends to come up when you type in ‘sim dates for girls’ on Google.” Though she opened up about her age, her favorite color, and her preference for coffee, Pacthesis never revealed her full name.
Keeping personal details close to the vest was common during the nascent days of social media, when signing up for a service did not require using a full name.
After creating eight dating sims and two point-and-click adventure games in a two-year period, Pacthesis all but vanished from her Deviant Art and Tumblr without explanation.
Following a four-year hiatus, she published one more game on her profile — Many fans who grew up with the Pacthesis games wonder where she went.
The mechanics were simple: Talk to characters to progress through their dialogue and reach their happy ending.
The games shamelessly indulged in girlish fantasies. “I wonder why Pacthesis’ games are always making me go ･*:｡゜萌。*(＊´∀`＊).*ぇﾟ*･｡・so much.
“If [Pacthesis] ever comes back and starts making games commercially, my wallet and I will be ready to buy her stuff, since it’s thanks to her that I got into otome games in the first place,” reads an otome blog post from 2016.
Her Deviant Art profile’s comments are full of people asking for another game or wishing her well, whatever she may be up to.
Even on other social media, former fans reflect on their many late nights playing her games and the fun little interconnected world that they all existed in. Others talk about how Pacthesis introduced them to the dating sim genre — and to fandom in general.
They are always so sweet and fluffy and some scenes were so funny, that [I] was laughing so hard that my tears would come out.
(*ﾉ∀｀)ﾟo｡ｱﾋｬｬ I think it’s just the perfect combination between romance and comedy,” wrote a reviewer on Word Press in 2012 about .