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Dating sims/Flash Questions

What do you use to make your games and dating sims?
Macromedia Flash 8. (I'm using a pretty "outdated" version FYI...)

Is Flash free? Does it come with most computers like MS Paint?
It does not.

Where/how can I get Flash?
It can be purchased from the official Adobe website here. Like Photoshop, it's expensive. More retailers can be found with Google.

Will you make another sim date soon?
I might (if I'm not making one right now). But from 2009-2012, I've managed to release 2-3 games per year. I work on sim dates when I please.

Why don't you make dating sims for guys?
My current audience is made up of mostly young females. I'd like to target towards them. There are many visual novels/dating simulations for males out there though. Most are in Japanese, but there are quite a few in English too. Note that many if not most of them feature erotic content. You young ones better not blame me if your parents catch you jacking off and/or viewing pornography. I've already warned you.

Why don't your dating sims have sex/pornography/hentai in them?
My current audience is made up of mostly young girls. They don't like porn. Why? They probably think it's gross. And well, most of them aren't of the "legal" age either. But any who, the ad network I currently work with will steal and sell all of my internal organs to the black market if I include mature content in my works.

Are you ever going to make a dating sim with yaoi?
"Yaoi" refers to boys banging other boys and gay porn *cough* it's mature content, my ad network will eat me alive if I include it *cough* But as far as simple shonen-ai and boy romance goes, I can easily imagine myself including it in my future works. When though? I have yet to decide... the project itself really calls for these things, not me...

Will you make a dating sim about insert personal idea/concept here?
No. I generally like to come up with the concepts myself. These projects take commitment and it's usually easier for me to commit when it's personal. I'm pretty good at coming up with new ideas to work with, so don't worry about me running into block.

Will you make a insert favorite anime/book/movie/etc. here dating sim?
No. The ad network I work with will eat my face if I include any copyrighted content without the rights in my work. I am aware that I did push it with Wonderland Days Sim Date (I was a rookie/noob at the time) Back then I actually didn't know that I was pushing the limits. It was a year later that I then realized that I was able to dodge that bullet since the characters were original despite the concept.

Why do you make dating sims?
I like to think up stories, but I don't like to write. I like to doodle, but I don't like drawing a lot. Making dating sims (and visual novels) combines story telling, drawing, design, and coding. It seems to be a hobby that balances those things out well for me.

How do you unlock insert sim date characters name here?
Google's a good source for this kind of information... (I'm pretty bad at making walkthroughs)

How do you come up with your character designs for your sim dates?
Their designs are based purely on fan service... and my own judgement I suppose.

Help/Technical Questions

What kind of tablet do you use?
A 4x6 Wacom Bamboo. It's nothing fancy or special, but it's really grown on me. I've been using it since 2008. It's like a pet to me.

What program do you use to draw your pictures?
As of now, Easy Paint Tool SAI and Flash.

I want to make a dating sim with money, HP, days, and stats. Any tips?
I don't know where to start... (Sorry, I probably couldn't make a decent tutorial to explain it all...) But hey! This lovely person made a great tutorial! Go check it out:

I made a Flash! How do I post it up on deviantART?
FAQ #79: How do I submit art?

Can you make a tutorial on insert subject here?
There's somebody else on the internet who's better at insert subject here than me. I'm sure they would be a better source for information. (I'm pretty bad at making tutorials if you haven't noticed)

About your "How to Make a Sim Date tutorial", can you import image files and scanned pictures into a game instead of drawing directly in Flash?
Yes. You can import image files into Flash by going to File > Import > Import to Stage... or Import to Library...

I see people on this site and other sites using your art/games. Should I notify you about this?
My games are on multiple sites because of the publishers I work with. A lot of people post screen shots of my work and I'm completely okay with that too. But I'd appreciate it if I was notified if others were making a profit off my work...

Any tips for writer's/art block?
I've never found myself struggling with art block (because I'm not too artsy and I don't draw for "art" purposes) but when I get writer's block, I usually just stop writing and work on something else. The problem always seems to solve itself when I let my mind breathe a little. Finding new music (or changing the current genre I'm listening to), taking long showers, and living through daily life seems to help too.

How do you draw in Flash?
Sometimes I like to use the Pencil Tool to draw my lines and the Selection Tool to edit/bend my lines to my satisfaction. But lately, I've been using the brush tool. It seems to take me longer to finish drawings with the pen tool.

Where/how did you learn how to draw?
The wonderful internet and standard practice. But please don't use me as your role model for drawing. My anatomy/proportions are very inconsistent and "way off" because I could never draw professionally to save my life. There are so many people out there who are much, much, muuuch better. ;o; Note: There are a bunch of great drawing tutorials right here on deviantART too.

I'm horrible with Flash. Your sim date tutorial was nice, but I still don't get it at all. Will you do a sim date collab with me?
No. I'm a lone wolf. ;w;

General/Personal Questions

How old are you?
I was born on March 30, 1994. Subtract that by the current date/year.

What's your race/nationality?
I was born and raised in America. I am Vietnamese.

Do you speak any other languages besides English?
No. My parents do speak a lot of Vietnamese around the house, but I never bothered to learn how to speak it.

How do you pronounce your user name?
The "correct" pronunciation of "Pacthesis" is "Pac-the-sis". "Pac" as in Pacman, "the" as in The 3 Little Pigs, and "sis" as in sister.) Think of it as like... packing your sister?

What's the origin of your user name? How did you come up with it?
I chose this user name is because it was original and nobody else has ever taken it... so far anyways. "Pacthesis" is actually a name of one of my super old characters from a comic I wrote back in 7th grade. Another weird thing about this "Pacthesis" character is that he was male, not female.

Why do you like coffee?
That's like asking some people why they love the taste of sugar. Coffee naturally appeals to my taste buds... and I "need" the caffeine. Though there was a time when I was drinking too much of it. I went through some bad withdrawal. I limit myself to one cup a day now.

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from?
The wonderful internet and everything around me that exists. Plus I do a lot of thinking. Thinking is probably a hobby for me.

How come you don't reply to your messages? ... Or at least mine?
My apologies for my lack of activity. I'm bad at it. If I replied to all the messages I got... I'd be on my computer all day long.

Do you read all of your messages?
Honestly, I have to say no. It's hard to keep up with all the new ones coming in... and I don't log in everyday... and they just keep on building up... but when I browse and skim through comments, most of them contain pretty positive feedback. Thanks for all the support. ;7;

Will you be my friend/watch me on deviantART?
Friendship happens magically through time and experience... but overall, I don't watch a lot of people in attempt to keep my inbox from overflowing... not like it isn't already though...

Why do you get so many page views?
Because people like you stalk me and visit my page too often.

Can I make fan art of your character(s)/write fan fictions based on your games and stuff?
Go for it. Just never claim what's not yours. In other words, always give credit to the source(s) when necessary C:

Why do you call yourself "Pacdabutt" sometimes?
Because I'm a butt sometimes.
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TurboK1000 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! :D I can draw fan art! OwO
SnickerSnack2468 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Now I think I speak for all the other fan girls out there in the world, (even if they are too scared to admit it) that we are probably ALL wondering when/or Star Days is going to come out. I love your work and I screamed when I found your promotional Posters on Number Days. So I, along with like 8,000,000,000, other girls in the world, would like a little information. It's up to you, im just *hint hint cough cough* saying *cough cough cough* that were may be a couple of people (80,000,000,000,) that would love to see Star Days info come out. An estimated end date, would be helpful. I thank you for you time, from a crazy ass fan, all that shabam, Yours insainly, Diana
Gazgirl101 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student General Artist
how do you have time for all your games? if i made as many games as you did, i'd never have a social life.. it doesn't matter anyway, i don't
TakoyakiStar Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh! I'm Vietnamese too!
cutegirl0000 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Hey Amy! I'm a huge fan of your games ^-^, i was wondering did you Macromedia Flash 8 for the gaem Number days sim date :o
Yumenaka-Meizu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Um, hi, Amy! :squee:  I don't know if you'd get a notification if I tagged your avatar in my description, but I'd like to inform you that I've written a fanfic based on your work(s); I've started off with Wonderland Days so far, and I plan to corporate the other instalments in the Days series to make a fat ass saga. OMG MOAR POEMS!  Thank you for giving the permission to do that (?). :happybounce:

There's the link. I would absolutely be honoured to have your personal comment on that. 
 I hope that by the time you've read this, your situation IRL would be better already! 
amaysingly Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I love your art, and I love reading your blogs from time to time because you're an interesting down to earth person n.n
Mr-Wonderland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013

When will star days come out?

(please don't think i'm rushing, take your time child)

gingerhighlandergirl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you feel about having so much fans? I mean i'm one of yours and I love your games. (though I keep loosing at that number one TT^TT) But do you sometimes wish you weren't kinda famous? I mean my kid sister is a fan of yours. i'm 18 and she's 15!
yiyachowa123 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
this is great! i want to become an animator or game creator in the future. and i don't like writing either! this would be an awesome place to start!
Nafreteri Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
luv u and your works~ lmao :3
grisarayas-x3 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
hello! first of firsts, congratulations! *o* I like a lot your work and it inspires me to do my own flash games!
and i have a question... what resolution you used to make flash games? :3
(sorry, my primary language is spanish n_nU)
danibabyrox14 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how some of your answers are silly :iconsillyplz:
Tomboy-Fangirl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you recommend a drawing program? One that's good for drawing and coloring?
kuraihime88 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm sure you want to hear from Pacthesis and not me, but I thought I'd be nice and answer. I personally use Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for my drawing and coloring needs. If I want my work to look a little cleaner and more professional, I use Paint Tool SAI.

Hope this helps ^^'
Tomboy-Fangirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, I don't mind who answers. Thanks for the advice! I needed the help. ^^;
Princess-Kawaii-Kari Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how tall are you? :O
RandomHaters Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAPPY *almost* BIRTHDAY!!!

I'd celebrate it with you, but I dunno know you so I'll settle for this~
nakomy-sama Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
lol many people stalk you me and my sister cracked up
Russetwing Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That ad network you work with sounds pretty intimidating.
chrislam83 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is the cake a lie? *cough*dontanswerthis*cough*
Animerules1723 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
how can you date ferris in kingdom days?? i want to date him lol :]
XxBakumanxX Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you've figured it out by now, but, nobody replied, so i'm going to be nice and answer a question that's probably already answered.
1) Buy glass angle
2) Go to church
3) Press on heart
4) Wait through cut scene
5) Go to forest
And there you go.
XxBakumanxX Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nhipkat867 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Vietnamese :O *yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy* XDDDD Your games are super super super super super awesome :-> *super super super super super super super super super super awesome* XDDDDDDD Thanks for doing what you're doing <3 :)
Kaleadra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your game was tasteful and fun lol im 27
birdie16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i just want to let you know that i did draw one of your characters... sorry that i didn't ask your permission, but at the time i didn't know you were the creator... sorry again! stalker don't hurt me k?
Peace1331 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Will you add me on Xbox!!!!!!!!!
xxmissarichanxx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
can i ask about your process when you begin creating a new sim game? i'm sure you start with concept sketches and a solid storyline, but where do you go from there?
girl209 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
alice in wonderland is not copyrighted anymore, (just in case you still dont know) so your ad network shouldnt sell you to pirates (or anything like that) :)
Apocalypsebutterfly Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
your 25
Peace1331 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Try about 19 or 20
Apocalypsebutterfly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   General Artist
^ ^
WendytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
mehehe, im gonna read it in about 5 hours... IN 2013, MOFOS!
109144 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Triisna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I don't think you'll answer this, it's worth a shot though but...

Do you know any similar software like Macromedia Flash 8 or Easy Paint Tool SAI that works on Macs?

Because seriously, one of the things I hate about Macs is that it can't use certain things *cough* Maplestory *cough cough* I used to use Flash on my PC but I switched to Mac -_-

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YukiraNine Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've asked this but, why don't you ever make a character who has a no bangs? Or headbands to keep the hair out of their eyes? Because sometimes, I feel as if the characters llok the same. Or maybe give them freckles or a mole or something like that.
hehe098 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
Nice FaQ... XD

I'm admitting that I follow *cough*stalk*cough**cough* your page a lot, but that's because I have nothing better to do. Now I've been thinking for a while that I would want to make a fan fiction story based on one of your ideas/games (Chrono Days for example). But I wasn't sure if you'd agree, so I read this in case it was a general question...

Turns out it was! XD And of course I'll give full credits to you~! :D I'll even give you a link of the story once I finish writing it. And if you do read it, tell me if there's anything that needs improving on my part... I could never come up with stories as great as yours, especially when you have art to back it up... ;A;

Well, if you read this too, thanks! ^^

Ja Ne~
moolightPaladin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
i do not stalk you. okidobutsowhat.
anime4ever1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Artist
thank you Amy for all your hard work i really really I appreciate i love all your work
Wish you the best =] i hope you can read it
IDKY-HannahFu Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
have you ever seen Daria? for some reason, this FAQ reminds me of her. Not to be rude or anything...
kien-biu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how to make a button "clickable " ??
you just say " click " =.= click where , what kind of click ... i can't find how to make "HIT " clickable
Colorchugger Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
67. It makes me feel really weird...
animefan88tv Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
hi quick thing if you ever get the chance to read this. for number 51 about making a sims date for guys i think or at least some ppl like myself would actually enjoy a sim dating game from a guys POV like some of the posters you did a gender swap i would find it very interesting if you could do that once for reals in flash game. if your questionable on it then maybe ask what your audience thinks. just stating
Lacilia-chan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, I'm Lacilia Lace, I love your flash games so much! You're like the best sim dating maker I've ever seen! ^w^ I'm trying my best how to make a sim dating flash game, I saw yours, it gave me a lot of help! :D I'm looking up some more tutorials now! When I get my very first flash game ever made,it's going to be dedicated for you :))
Shadow-Sims Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
I only read th[link] because I like your games and I was bored :/
FearlessLullaby Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Funny, 'cause I'm reading this in 2012. I'm a huge fan of yours~
Devil2Kyuubii Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
What music do you use for Kingdom Days
Ferris4673 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it must be heard to be famous... go for it! i hope there will be another sim date game out... maybe in 2013 or somthing:) i'm sorry for being a stalkerXD


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TotalYaoiLover Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
what is the song you used in the last xolga and mr. toko game 9number nine of the original)during the locket and xolga's conversation? and is there any place you can go to download it?
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