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Warning: This game does contain dark and disturbing themes including rape and torture. Be warned that it is quite dark and blatant in the depictions of such.

Torturing. Causing pain and suffering. Taking screams and tears from a completely subdued human being.
That's the hobby of people from a community called The Dungeoneers. Dungeoneers have their own private dungeons in their homes (hence the name), to which they take strangers - those naive enough to fall for the dungeoneer's charms.
Members from this community won't settle for just executing their sadistic game. They must show it to other people. For that, they videotape their torture sessions and post it to online forums, to get other member's appreciation and reviews.

BE:D tells the story of Verge, a dungeoneer depressed because he's lost his touch with doing decent videos, and because the love of his life, Daily, couldn't care less about his existence.

BE:D has two distinct gameplay aspects:
--The first one is similar to a Dating Sim, in which you have to approach strangers on the street and seduce them to go home with you, mainly using dialog choices.
--The second one is more like a puzzle, and it consists of setting up your dungeon to torture your victims. Your goal at this stage is making your victim leave the dungeon completely shattered psychologically and physically, but still alive. That's what the Dungeoneers call a Beautiful Escape, and it's the ultimate goal of the torture sessions. You can also get them killed, get them too depressed to leave the dungeon, or even have them leave healthy enough, but your viewers won't appreciate your videos as much. It's all about the delicate balance between too much and not enough.

Gameplay elements are tempered with lots of dialogs and the resolution of Verge's love story.

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After Suzy and freedom, Beautiful Escape: Dungeoneer was also translated to korean.

It's worth mentioning that after these translations I started learning korean myself. 한국어가 정말 아름다운 언어입니다!

Recently, a russian translation was also made, which is pretty cool. For some (cultural?) reason, BE:D seems to be very popular in Russian. They even made a russian Beautiful Escape: Dungeoneer Wikipedia page!

Coincidentally, this week a fellow Brazilian asked permission to make a Portuguese translation for the game. For some strange reason it bothers me a little (maybe because I should me making this translation myself?), but it's amazing that the game is reaching people from all over the world like that.

Random fun thing: the guy who made the Russian translation mentioned that Verge looks a lot like Eridan Ampora from Homestuck. I didn't even know what Homestuck is but the resemblace is disturbing!

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Nice to see this game featured!
Featured Game usually tends to be current games that are already popular. Why? Because they have to be already-high-rated games of good quality. One fits the other. We don't look at the popularity of a game when picking it, though, but the quality.

Sometimes, though, it's nice to look back at older games and remind people of the classics, especially when they haven't received a feature before. This was one such game, and it also fits the Halloween month vibe (we always try to feature spoopy games around Halloween).

Ultimately, a few games were considered for the spot but it was sacrilege that this one had yet to receive it's due day in the sun and so here it is, finally on the front page where it should have been quite a while back.

And no, StormCrow, we never re-feature games. This had not been featured before. I believe you read Kylaila's post incorrectly.
This game is definitley one of the most disturbing yet incredibly fascinating games I've ever played. The atmosphere was perfect, the song choices still ring in my head (I can't hear Mad World without thinking of the busy street, or the weapon shop with the terrifying hum of "Woman Reminiscing" by Shankar) ... this is a must-play for horror fans of all-kinds.
Max McGee
with sorrow down past the fence
Man, I almost did some of the writing for this. That would have been cool. Not how things worked out, though.