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Catherine

キャサリン

Developer / Publisher: Atlus
17 February 2011
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Vincent Brooks, who is being pressured into marriage by his current girlfriend, is plunged into a surreal nightmare world every time he falls asleep after having an affair with a mysterious girl named, Catherine.
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Rin and Queerness in Catherine Full Body
This review pertains to Catherine: Full Body, but is mainly my thoughts on the character Rin. SPOILERS ahead.

I played the original Catherine as well and finished Full Body recently. Obviously the major change is the inclusion of Rin (Qatherine lol). Midway through the game when the characters mention the existence of queer people, Erica and Rin are the most accepting and like "yeah dude queer people exist." At this time, I said to my partner who was watching me play, "I would be my entire bank account that Rin is trans." I also don't remember this conversation happening in the original.

So when Rin was revealed to be trans, naturally I was a bit self satisfied. It was kind of obvious over time though. Vincent's reaction to the realization is BAD, but from the narrative's point of view his revulsion is condemned, which is GOOD. He does something cruel, and we as the audience are meant to see it as such. At this point, I felt like the weird anti-queer subtext of the original was being rectified.

Entering the next bar scene I thought "lord please don't let Vincent blab to his bros about this." He does, which sucks hard. I think when I played Catherine, I gave the narrative some leeway considering Japan has different standards for talking about queer people. I also played the game for the first time in 2016. So if I transported myself to 2011 (before same-sex marriage was federally legalized in the US), I could be a bit more forgiving. The same mental exercise was necessary tolerating Vincent's loose lips about Rin's transness. Overall, I understand that Japan has a totally unique understanding of queerness; however I'm not so much a relativist that I don't believe some of the culture's treatment of LGBTQ+ people is ethically wrong.

Things got worse when Rin left the game entirely. I understand that sometimes, not every character can be so fleshed out that they don't just serve the protagonist. But, come on, she literally stopped existing after she was known to be trans. Of course she's a token queer character, but it didn't have to be so shallow. There were so many loose ties by the end of her story, and it was incredibly dissatisfying.

Erica: On the Wiki, I found that in the original game's credits Erica is labeled "Eric." The Wiki states that this a joke about Erica being trans and is supported by the guys' revulsion over Toby's infatuation. If this is the case, the subtext is so flimsy that I don't think someone would really pick up on this. I think the more immediate interpretation is her sisterly relationship, shamelessness, and age (relative to Toby).

Given these flaws, I still adore this game. While I was very disappointed to see Rin leave, I honestly appreciate her inclusion. As a queer nerd for Japanese pop culture, I've gotten used to managing my expectations for representation.
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The funny thing about this game is one of my friends wanted to play this so he rented it through our Gamefly account and it was about a month before the end of the college year during my Junior year of college, which was my worst year of college because of horrible, obnoxious roommates, so it felt good to get away from my apartment as often as possible. So for about a week, I'd head over to one of my friends dorms, then the whole group of friends which was about 8 or so of us would all gather on the couch in the dorm lobby and play Catherine. It was a game that even drew in the non gamers as we tried to solve the puzzles and progress. It actually is a pretty fun game, its a game where you have to think about what you want to do and how to climb the towers, and it was a game that brought us all together as friends. There was some story between about a man who was struggling with his love between his girlfriend and a girl he meets at the bar, and to be honest, the story is decent, sure its not Persona level genius, but its still good with some twists, plus the fact that there are 8 different endings is cool. I mean what more to say, its a solid puzzle game that isn't too difficult but will keep you on your toes and does present difficulty at times, and well there are a few frustrating moments where you have to be quick, its mostly a fair game that only punishes you for being rash. My only complaint is the game has hardly any variety, sure there are some new blocks and puzzles in different areas, but the whole game is basically moving blocks and climbing up to the top, yeah I know a lot of games are repetitive but I guess I just am not a fan of this kind of repetition as much as others, I would have preferred more interactive story over gameplay to be honest.
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Occasionally, elements of a story that may appear deeply problematic can be a good thing. Catherine's tale of infidelity and the study of devotion vs. freedom may seem like an excuse plot for assholes, but every character is realistically developed to the point that the overtly complicated relationships Vincent holds with everyone still feel real, making for a nice counter-balance against, you know, the puzzle gameplay set in his nightmares. Too many supernatural plot points cheapen the mood, though. And the puzzle gameplay reeeeaaaally stands out, without enough metaphor to distract from its frustrations. Still, it holds a uniquely viable place in videogames. This narrative may have been present in the early 90s, the decade of irony, but in an area of melodramatic romance, either presented optimistically or callously, we needed Catherine to shake things up.
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Convalescence Catherine: Full Body 2022-10-02T07:18:19Z
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willwokbir キャサリン 2022-10-01T09:26:24Z
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Molecules キャサリン 2022-09-28T11:50:36Z
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DavidSS キャサリン 2022-09-26T02:38:09Z
2022-09-26T02:38:09Z
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PashaAlex キャサリン 2022-09-24T21:44:03Z
2022-09-24T21:44:03Z
3.5
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beatsme Catherine: Full Body 2022-09-23T06:16:55Z
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2022-09-23T06:16:55Z
4.5
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Xiuhcoatl キャサリン 2022-09-21T04:25:06Z
2022-09-21T04:25:06Z
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MidwestEmu キャサリン 2022-09-21T00:29:58Z
2022-09-21T00:29:58Z
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thetickdickler Catherine 2022-09-20T21:44:13Z
Xbox 360 • XNA
2022-09-20T21:44:13Z
4.0
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REDWLP Catherine: Full Body 2022-09-19T09:04:23Z
PS4 • XNA
2022-09-19T09:04:23Z
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MirM Catherine: Full Body 2022-09-14T07:06:41Z
Switch • XNA
2022-09-14T07:06:41Z
4.5
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Rebellious_Spirit Catherine: Full Body 2022-09-11T02:00:05Z
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CERO: C
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  • palceu 2021-12-24 15:29:40.020125+00
    so, are the changes in full body really that significant to skip the original? the original is so much cheaper on steam...
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    • ParchedPinemarten 2021-12-24 22:33:32.755191+00
      They're pretty significant. You have more cutscenes, more choices, an extra subplot involving a new character... It's just way more complete and the original feels more hollow without it. Just my personal opinion.
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  • TheSaltman 2022-03-30 22:21:11.965638+00
    Not as amazing as it's often made out to be, but still a very unique title, mostly because it's a piece of media that depicts facets of the "25 or so year old life" better than many others.
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  • Tearnote 2022-04-03 13:49:00.583189+00
    I wonder if I'd find a good game in there if I was just able to get past the horrible puzzle gameplay
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  • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-05-02 03:43:15.240942+00
    good article for those who literally didn't get the point (Vincent is a douche and an example of the worst parts of male behavior), and about Erica and the characterization of queer characters in this game
    https://www.thegamer.com/c...on-controversy/
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  • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-05-02 03:46:50.299063+00
    Basically, Erica is valid.
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  • cryo 2022-07-08 19:48:42.407102+00
    full body made me LOVE the puzzle gameplay, so much fun and so rewarding when it isnt so excruciatingly punishing like it is in classic. the loop of reality and dreamland was such a blast on both ends. have an entirely new love for this game after full body : D
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  • slapheadsydney 2022-08-10 22:46:32.681804+00
    The gameplay is sooooo fun and Vincent is an entertainingly shitty guy but all of Vincent’s encounters with Catherine feel so rapey that it’s hard for me to feel for the characters who get upset with him
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  • Tyraffe 2022-08-18 17:59:43.451923+00
    Atlus try not to mishandle LGBTQ+ characters for one game challenge (IMPOSSIBLE)
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    • Melancholie 2022-09-04 14:26:18.985149+00
      They didn't. Actually it is the opposite, but it is fun to complain nowadays, right?
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