I wrote in the previous post about four ideas I could explore over the summer, uncertain which one to focus on. I've decided to direct my attention towards the one currently called 'Soulmate'.
I might dabble in Cultivate a bit when the mood takes me, and I'll likely reserve the 'virtual friend' concept for my psychology studies rather than intending to work on it this summer as an app. BE-a-St is still something I want to do one day, just not now.
Soulmate is essentially the culmination of most of my work up to this point. It's a revision of Taming Dreams and a bunch of games that came before it, so it seems silly to work on anything else, really.
I'll post about my progress as I make it. As the game deals with topics that are close to my heart, born of my unusual situation and thought processes, it runs the risk of being alienating or unpleasant... and I don't want to spend months working on it in private only for it to be rejected once people actually play it (I've been down that path before). I'll be relying on feedback as I go in order to keep me on a track that will lead to a game that can be enjoyed by a wider audience (though I'm definitely not going to be aiming for the 'lowest common denominator'; I'm hoping to speak most to those who are lonely or who deal with mental illness such as anxiety or depression).
I've given little information to work with so far, so I'm hardly asking for thoughts or suggestions at this point! I'll provide more details later. I'm just posting this to say I've made the decision.