I’ve become such a fan of Steins;Gate’s story after playing the game I decided I had to find the “official materials” artbook. Unfortunately, since the book was published for the original Xbox360 game 2 years ago and Huke’s artwork is so popular, it seems to be sold out everywhere.
Fortunately, Amazon JP managed to restock the 2300 Yen (US$29) book and although the EMS postage fees make this book close to £40, I decided to go for it anyway. It turns out to be a great read with a very interesting Q&A section that clarifies some points of the story.
Don’t read on if you haven’t played the game and is still watching the show yet since it contains plenty of visual spoilers! And yes, I know the exposure and white balance is inconsistence in the photos but… They should do for the purpose of this preview ^^;
Originally a visual novel game for the Xbox 360 released back in October 2009, “Steins Gate” will be making its way to the PC this July 30th (updated to August 28th due to quality issues) with new event illustrations added.
This is the second game produced by a collaboration between 5pb and Nitro+, the first being “Chaos;Head“. Apparently this game’s gathered quite some interest in the West too judging by what I can find using just the English name.
The story tells of Rintarou Okabe, a “sufferer of chuunibyou” which is slang commonly used on the popular Japanese 2ch discussion site to describe males who act as if they’re still in the stages of puberty, acting and saying things that are completely inconsiderate of others such as anti-social behaviour. Written 厨二病 instead of 中二病 (same pronunciation) to give the term distinction from the original meaning which was used to refer to females who act as if they’re still in junior high.
In Rintarou’s case, he is a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who starts his own “Mirai Gadgets” circle (a term used to refer to people with similar interests) in Akihabara right after being admitted into university. One day, he and the other two members of his circle create their 8th gadget, the “Telephone Cooker” and discover it has a feature that they had never planned – It allowed the user to send a message/mail people in the past.
With it they learn that a European science organisation by the name of “SERN” has been experimenting to create a mini black hole in order to create a time machine and begins to find strange things happening around him such as large groups of people suddenly disappearing. Rintarou even witnesses the murder of 18 year old prodigy, Kurisu Makise who was featured in the American science magazine “Ocarin” but for some reason, finds her still alive hours later.
When so many “coincidences” happening around them and the butterfly effect taking place, the Mirai Gadgets team know that they must be very cautious with their new invention.