Originally I wanted to post my favorite makeup products for 2017 but this game just took over my life in the past few days and I felt like I had to talk about it. Like the title imply, this post will contain spoilers so if you didn’t play this game yet I highly recommend trying it out (But if you are easily disturbed, just don’t)
Hi, Monika here!
Welcome to the Literature Club! It’s always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you’re a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game!
Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my adorable and unique club members:
Sayori, the youthful bundle of sunshine who values happiness the most;
Natsuki, the deceivingly cute girl who packs an assertive punch;
Yuri, the timid and mysterious one who finds comfort in the world of books;
…And, of course, Monika, the leader of the club! That’s me!
Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel that is completely free to get on steam and it’s basically about you joining a literature club that originally has 4 female members and apparently … you’re the only guy. Honestly I wouldn’t even try this game but for some reason my brother recommended it to me and it got me interested since he’s not into such games.
It started as an overly-cute normal visual novel, setting the personalities for each character so the player can choose a route to go through basically. Now my answers and choices were all directing me to the long dark-haired girl Yuri, I started this game blindly not having an aim who to go for. Obviously like every visual novel, I kept saving in multiple slots just so I wanted to try other options when I’m done with my first playthrough.
Of course Sayori was stuck in the friendzone till the player – her friend started getting closer to her club mate so it showed that she got jealous and all.
At a point later, the player has an option to confess love to her or friendzone her even more which I thought will drive her into a deeper depression phase. I saved the game before making a decision so I would see the outcome of both choices, you know like what anyone would do in a visual novel .. normal as this one.
Aaaaaaaaand she committed suicide, with all the horror visuals and my jaw just dropped I wasn’t expecting such a turn. Then the game just ended but … that wasn’t exactly the ending. I thought of loading the game where I saved before I chose what to reply to Sayori but when I did, the game showed error sayori.chr is missing or corrupted and deleted all my saved slots and started a new game.
I was confused at this point and the game started glitching …
To be honest this whole glitching game got me very excited because it felt like the game was bleeding to reality, my laptop basically. I went to check the game files inside steam directory and I found a poem and a creepy picture, inside the character folder there were three characters only and Sayori was missing.
I went on with the game and again blindly choosing to see where this would go, the game was glitching time to time with graphics or the dialogue.
The game goes on with this glitchy format and showing really creepy images and visuals of the characters. Natsuki was getting black scribbles on her eyes and mouth, and tears of blood. The dialogue was getting more and more creepy, I guess it amplified the horror element and it was all very fascinating to me.
Yuri was getting more and more insane and obsessive, only Monika was completely normal – compared to them so obviously I concluded that she’s the culprit to all this creepy dialogues and images.
And I was right, Monika did all that and it freaked me out when she said my administrator account name also mentioning that the game file is located in my Steam folder. This was all so exciting to me, I’ve always been into games that break the forth wall.
That part gave me an idea, I deleted Monika’s character file. It worked and she was gone, the game restarted normally without Monika, the dialogues were fine no glitches till she popped again… the game credit rolled while a command window on the side suggesting all game files are being deleted. I thought it was just part of the game like a graphic loop but it did delete the game files from my laptop and this screen shows every time I tried launching the game.
I thought of reinstalling the game and trying different choices to see what would happen but I decided that’s where the game ends and I wouldn’t get as excited now that I know everything and what’s going on with this game. I’ll probably watch those other endings on YouTube.
Overall, it’s such a genius game to involve reality to it by bleeding out to the game files and that broke the forth wall. I really recommend trying it out for yourself and go with your choices blindly, see what ending you would get.