OMG U CANT LEAVE ME ON THAT KINDA CLIFFHANGER
Just Cosplay is a semi-autobiographical text-based game about being a transmasc teenager in 2012 and not really knowing it yet. Or... maybe you do know it, and you just don't want to. It's complicated. What you do know, though, is that you're really excited to cosplay your favorite webcomic character, Dale Spider. He's the coolest guy ever, and you can't wait to step into his shoes for a little while.
General content warning for dysphoria, anxiety, and mentions of transphobia, but I tried to keep it relatively light/balanced.
|Release date||Apr 13, 2022|
|Tags||Coming Of Age, Gender, LGBTQIA, Mental Health, Queer, Short, Story Rich, Text based, Transgender, Twine|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen, Smartphone|
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omggggg the way this is made is so cool!!
this is one of the coolest games i've seen in a while! idk if it's just that i resonate a bunch with it as a trans guy (except the coming out part, haven't done that yet haha), or that i absolutely love this type of games, but it's seriously amazing! :D
apartment trapped? a guy named dale with sunglasses..? are u a fuckin homestuck? same lol. my first cosplay was of rose lalonde! but instead of it being a trans awakening for me, it was just a way for me to finally dress cute and fem and such, without it seeming that weird
edit: TWICELER SIHGSDIUKJGNSIKDJGS
Hahaha, you caught me! That's awesome! Rose was such a favorite of mine, she's a cool character! I also cosplayed her at some point, she's so much fun 😭 I think I cosplayed like, all boys and then Rose, which is roughly what my gender ended up being, lol.
And yessss!! I'm so glad someone else thinks my Once-ler reference is funny omg, I was way too proud of myself for that one.
this made me cry its so relatable 😭 does any1 know of any places like this in Sacramento? sac is too big to go downtown for some place like this :/ idk if my mom would let me go downtown w/o her. honestly thx for making this, its amazing
Aww oh my gosh, this comment is gonna make me cry, you're so kind! I'll keep my eyes/ears open if I see anything! Other folks definitely comment if they know of anything, I hope someone is able to help you out with this!
This resonated with me on so many levels and i love it to bits and you for penning it! The "choose your own adventure" analogy is so dead on for NB. Tale reminds me of some life changing words a few friends had for my still-confused ass: euphoria is just as valid a reason as dysphoria. Even if you don't hate what you have, if trying somethibg else feels SO RIGHT and good, then right on.
Aww oh my gosh, thank you!! That is the exact kind of feeling I wanted to convey, too. A lot of my own trans journey had bits of both but definitely was very gender euphoria "this is so much more comfortable"-centric. Thank you for letting me know that you liked it, that really means a ton! This made me so happy to read! :)
The only (near) person in my life that knows I am... enby? fluid? working it out? is my sister. It's killing me and has for ages before even that I can't dress more femme (and pride month so SO many great clothes I could be getting D: ) other family might not be so cool. But yeah it's little gems like this tale of yours that really help lift me up, affirm and validate my feelings. It means the world. so thank YOU. 😊
That honestly means the world to me to hear-- it's a total honor to be able to help in that kind of way :) Thank you so so much for commenting and telling me all of this. I hope you get to dress in all those great clothes soon!
Thank you so much for that quote from your friends, this game was already making me tear up and that just absolutely hit home so hard 🥲 Also, the line in the game about "appropriating transness" was very relatable. Thank you so much for making this little story :)
Mhmm! If you feel like you're happiest, BEST you when you're embracing a new/different side of things, you gotta explore it cause maybe you just stumbled into... yourself? 🧀 cheesey I know but valid!
Oh my gosh, that was lifted almost directly from something I found while looking through old stuff I'd written while going through my "realizing I'm trans" process! I think it's a way more common feeling than I felt like it was at the time.
I just want to say, I enjoyed the story.
i love this sm
this game was so good! also i love how 'cat ears' is called toby becuse my cat is called toby
It made me tear up
Aww, that means a lot to me! Thank you so much for playing, I'm really glad that it connected with you :)
I liked the way to continue through the text, interesting concept (if thats the right word) <3
AWE I LOVE THIS! also when i heared "dale spider" and "apartment trapped" i was like "omg its a homestuck reference" anyway this game is amazing!!
This is an incredible representation of what it's like to be trans, and really feels like a throwback to the 2010s. As a questioning enby, I feel like this experience helped me, in some small way, to love myself a little more.
This almost made me tear up a little to read! This is genuinely the greatest compliment I could've hoped to get on something I made. I'm so glad to have been able to help you in that way. I wish you so so much trans joy and self love in the future ❤️