Finally! Dating Sim 7 beta
Yes, I finally finished it to the point it is releasable, and I’m declaring it version 7 because there is so much new stuff. I basically got rid of most of the video game screenshot backgrounds and replaced them with new 3D art renders.
There are 291 new pictures, and I have at least 8 more I still want to do (the lingerie shop and the mountain road). Two more locations, the dress shop and the amusement park, still use game screenshots, but for various reasons, I won’t be updating either. The photoshoot backdrop was way too hard to create, so I used a stock photo I found on wiki commons. I may eventually replace it with a photo of my own if I ever get enough time to drive up into the mountains.
I managed to get past the Firefox bug by replacing all mouseover with mousemove commands. This will slightly change the look and feel of the game if you use any browser other than Internet Explorer. I tested this on Firefox 4 beta, and it works fine. The fonts have changed from Comic Sans to Times New Roman with rollover text in Arial, but if you want something different there is a date.css file that changes fonts really easy.
The pictures are still 800×500 jpg files, any bigger and they will eat up too much bandwidth, but as long as you are not using Safari, you can enlarge the game by adjusting the view size. The pictures look great enlarged to 150% and the link maps work fine. Safari can not handle the enlargement of frames.
There are very few actual changes to the play of the game, but there is at least one known bug in the download (fixed in the web version), and some of the rollover maps need updating because of the new pictures. I have corrected as many as I can, but I am sure there are some flaws. Story wise there are very minor changes: any travel from the suburbs to downtown will include a freeway travel picture, there are other new introductory pictures, and some funny sight gags added, and a new occasionally available interaction in the backyard. Other than that it is pretty much the same as 6.45, it just looks a lot better.
Feel free to post bugs in the comments, I hope to have a final version to post in about a month.