EasyGameStation is the doujin-soft company that developed and initially released the original Japanese version of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale. Gamers fond of the company - and they themselves - frequently refer to EasyGameStation by its initials, "EGS."
EGS is arguably most famous for two of their games:
- Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, the shopkeeping RPG game this wiki is for.
- Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters, a 3D action RPG that EGS developed before Recettear; the game has proven popular enough that it has also been translated into English by Carpe Fulgur and released on Steam and GamersGate.
To date, EGS has developed and released 9 games, and is still going strong; they have plans to release another title that is still in development. Pages for all of these games can be found on EGS's website. In original release date order, from most to least recent:
- Still in Development:
- Territoire (strategy RPG; the second version of the demo was available as of July 2010, but the full game has yet to be released.)
- Recently Released:
- Okkotos (3D action RPG with netplay multiplayer support; released in February 2013 in Japanese).
- Other Releases:
- Angel Express (racing platformer; released in December 2008 in Japanese).
- Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (shopkeeping RPG; initially released in December 2007 in Japanese; later translated to English by Carpe Fulgur and re-released on Steam, Impulse, and GamersGate in September 2010).
- Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters (action RPG; initially released in 2006 in Japanese; later translated to English by Carpe Fulgur and re-released on Steam and GamersGate in July 2011).
- Gunner's Heart (2.5D shooting game; latest patch says September 2006; I could not procure an initial release date).
- ElePaper Action (beat-'em-up; page says it was last updated in December 2005, presumably for the latest patch, but I could not procure an initial release date).
- Dash DE Lei-Lei (2D action; page says it was last updated in February 2004, presumably for the latest patch, but I could not procure an initial release date).
- Duo Princess (3D action, 2-player multiplayer is available; page says it was last updated in December 2003, presumably for the latest patch, but I could not procure an initial release date).
- Azu Beach (beach volleyball game starring the cast of the anime Azumanga Daioh; page says it was last updated in February 2003, presumably for the latest patch, but I could not procure an initial release date).
To date, EGS has also released 4 soundtracks for 5 of their most popular games. Pages for all of these soundtracks can be found on EGS's website. In release date order, from most to least recent:
- Recettear OST (released in November 2010).
- Angel Express OST (released in May 2009).
- Chantelise OST (released in November 2007).
- Dash DE Lei-Lei & Duo Princess OST (released in August 2004).
Attitude Toward Piracy
EGS (and Carpe Fulgur, as well) has a pretty mature stance on the issue of piracy; neither they nor Carpe Fulgur believe in putting any anti-piracy software in their games, since they know people will pirate their games anyway, and find ways to crack their games regardless; their EULA is quite lenient, as well. However, as the vast majority of game developers do, they look down upon piracy, preferring that you purchase their games - in fact, in usual EGS humor, in the Chantelise demo, Chante directly tells the player "Oh, and if you pirate the game? I WILL find you and cave your shins in. Fair warning."
To be concise and quote from Carpe Fulgur's website - specifically, their Recettear FAQ:
Does Recettear feature any form of copy protection?
Recettear does not feature copy protection (or "DRM") of any kind. Neither Carpe Fulgur nor EasyGameStation believe in compromising the user's privacy and freedom to use their computers as they wish.
Once you purchase the Recettear client, you are free to do with it as you wish (though don't torrent it, thanks) - you may copy it to any location on your hard drive, you may make as many backup copies as you wish, you may even run it from an external hard drive or a USB thumb drive if you so wish (and your thumb drive has the capacity). Recettear is install-agnostic and makes no hooks in your system registry. It has no DRM and no "restrictions" on where and when it can be installed.
But doesn't that mean I can just pirate your game?
But aren't you afraid of getting pirated into oblivion?
Well, we'll say this: Recettear would be pirated regardless of whether we used copy protection or not. We're adults and we understand that our work will be stolen by someone who doesn't want to pay for it; that's how the Internet works in this day and age. Any prospective pirates who enjoy our work, however, must realize that we can only continue to produce localizations for games - and possibly help foster new projects on our own - if we make enough money to make a living at it.
If you like the game even a little bit, please purchase it. We respect our customers enough to not put any invasive DRM programs into Recettear - we hope the respect will be repaid in kind.
- EGS staff is fond of the anime Azumanga Daioh; their fondness is such that they developed and released Azu Beach.
- EGS has a sense of humor best described by Charles Onyett as "bubbly and frequently funny in an internet message board kind of way." Their humor is unique, with Recette (Recettear) saying things like "Yayifications!" and "Capitalism, ho!" as well as Chante (Chantelise) saying things like "I'll drink your tears, and they'll be delicious!" as well as the running gag of her kicking people's shins.