Dōjin soft

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.wikipedia
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Ragnarok Battle Offline

One game, French-Bread's brawler Ragnarok Battle Offline, a homage/spoof of the MMORPG Ragnarok Online so impressed Gravity Corp. (the original game's designers) that it has been given an official release outside Japan.
Ragnarok Battle Offline is a beat 'em up game for Microsoft Windows created by dōjin soft developer French-Bread.

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

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Recently, independent Western developers have offered to help translate these games for release in other markets, with one of the first known successful examples being Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, developed originally by EasyGameStation in 2007, and then localized and released by Carpe Fulgur in 2010 for English audiences, which had a modest success with over 300,000 units sold in these markets.
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale (RECETTEAR〜アイテム屋さんのはじめ方〜) is a role-playing game developed by Japanese dōjin maker EasyGameStation for the Windows operating system.

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Recently, independent Western developers have offered to help translate these games for release in other markets, with one of the first known successful examples being Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, developed originally by EasyGameStation in 2007, and then localized and released by Carpe Fulgur in 2010 for English audiences, which had a modest success with over 300,000 units sold in these markets.
EasyGameStation is a Japanese dōjin soft company.

Higurashi When They Cry

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07th Expansion: specializes in visual novels, most notable for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
Higurashi: When They Cry, known simply as When They Cry for the North American release of the anime adaptation, is a Japanese murder mystery dōjin soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion.

Umineko When They Cry

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07th Expansion: specializes in visual novels, most notable for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
Umineko: When They Cry is a Japanese dōjin soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion.

Comiket

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While most dōjin soft sales occur at anime and video game or anime conventions (such as Comiket), there is a growing number of specialized internet sites that sell them.
While dōjinshi – self-published comics that are often derivative fan works based on anime, video games, and other media – are the most common item sold at Comiket, circles also sell dōjin soft (video games), computer software, music, novels, clothing, and other goods.

French Bread (game developer)

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One game, French-Bread's brawler Ragnarok Battle Offline, a homage/spoof of the MMORPG Ragnarok Online so impressed Gravity Corp. (the original game's designers) that it has been given an official release outside Japan.

07th Expansion

07th Expansion: specializes in visual novels, most notable for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
They started out drawing for the trading card game Leaf Fight, but they are known for creating the dōjin game series Higurashi When They Cry and Umineko When They Cry.

Twilight Frontier

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Twilight Frontier: specializes in a wide variety of games including fighting games and platformers.
Twilight Frontier (黄昏フロンティア Tasogare Frontier, or Tasofro for short) is a Japanese doujin game developer.

Type-Moon

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One particular circle, TYPE-MOON, has since become a commercial videogame developer.
After creating the popular visual novel Tsukihime as a doujin soft circle, Type-Moon has since incorporated and produced the also popular visual novel Fate/stay night.

Fangame

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.
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History of Eastern role-playing video games

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History of Eastern role-playing video games
While the Japanese video game industry has long been viewed as console-centric in the Western world, due to the worldwide success of Japanese consoles beginning with the NES, the country had in fact produced thousands of commercial personal computer games from the late 1970s up until the mid-1990s, in addition to dōjin soft independent games.

Touhou Project

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Team Shanghai Alice: specializes in curtain fire scrolling shooters, most notable for the Touhou Project.
In addition to dōjin games, Team Shanghai Alice has also expanded the Touhou universe into other media.

Visual novel

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07th Expansion: specializes in visual novels, most notable for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
This includes (but is not limited to) dōjin games, also sometimes called dōjin soft .

Platform game

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Twilight Frontier: specializes in a wide variety of games including fighting games and platformers. erka:es: specializes in platformers, most notable for Rosenkreuzstilette, a clone of Mega Man with magic and German horror themes.
CAGs are almost exclusively developed in Japan and are either arcade games, or sequels to arcade games, though they are also a common genre among amateur doujinshi games.

Shoot 'em up

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Team Shanghai Alice: specializes in curtain fire scrolling shooters, most notable for the Touhou Project. ABA Games: specializes in shoot 'em ups with an abstract look. Most of their games are open source.
The PC has also seen its share of dōjin shoot 'em ups like Crimzon Clover, Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, Xenoslaive Overdrive, and the eXceed series.

Adventure game

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Adventure game
Localization and distribution can be performed by small teams, removing financial barriers to bringing these games, often released as dōjin soft or hobbyist titles, to Western countries.

List of indie game developers

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List of indie game developers
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Video game

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.

Japan

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.

Fan labor

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.

Dōjin

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.

Independent video game development

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Dōjin soft, also sometimes called dōjin games, with dōjin sometimes transliterated as doujin or doujinshi, are video games created by Japanese hobbyists or hobbyist groups (referred to as "circles"), more for fun than for profit; essentially, the Japanese equivalent of independent video games or fangames.

Mod (video gaming)

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Most of them are based on pre-existing material ("modding"), but some are entirely original creations.

Microsoft Windows

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They are almost always exclusive to Windows-based PCs, but a few notable exceptions also exist for the Dreamcast, a console on which homebrew development was popular.