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Psychiatric Hospitalization and What it is Like

(Content warning: This article briefly mentions suicide.) Written by Fia, Medical Consultant for Somnova Studios
As someone who has been hospitalized three times as well as worked in an inpatient unit for people with developmental disabilities at one point, I felt like I would be the best to talk about psychiatric hospitalization and what it is like. There are a lot of myths surrounding psychiatric hospitalization and I want to give a more realistic view of what it is like. I won’t deny that being hospitalized isn’t a fun experience, but if there is anything I would like people to take away from this article is that psych wards are more boring than scary. 
You can be hospitalized either voluntarily or involuntarily. With a voluntary hold, you can technically leave at any time as long as you can prove you are not a danger to yourself or others. Even if you decide to leave, the process of getting you discharged can take a couple days. With involuntary holds, you can only be held there usua…
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Missing Stars August Update

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. We’re coming at you with our regularly-scheduled update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress for Act 1. 

At this point, we have 44 scenes programmed into the game. This includes writing, sprite direction, and scene direction. As of this writing, our current word count at this point is at about 123,000 words.To put that into perspective, that is approximately the length of about 2 full routes from Katawa Shoujo. Compared to a real-world novel, J.R.R Tolkien's The Return of the King has 134,462 words, making Missing Stars quite the read once it's all finished. We hope this explains why we’re taking so long to get Act 1 out. Our largest focus has always been on the writing quality and ensuring the programming of these scenes looks consistent. 

We apologize for delays for July's Mental Health Blog post . It will be out soon next week however! 

That's all we have for you this month! Thank you all so much…

Missing Stars July Update

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. We’re coming at you with our regularly-scheduled update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress for Act 1. 
In order to give context to how much progress we’re making, here’s a breakdown of how Act 1 will unfold: Erik will transfer to St. Dymphna's.Erik will meet all of the route girls. Depending on the choices you make, you'll get points towards a specific girlEventually, you will get to make a choice as to which girl Erik will hang out with for the Gala event at the end of Act 1. Depending on the choices you made previously, the girls available to you will change. It's at this point where the routes officially split. After that, the Gala takes place and Act 1 ends there. Act 2 begins shortly after with the girl you ended up with.
We are happy to report that a lot of progress has been made on the writing aspect of Missing Stars as we’re at the point of branching out into specific routes which will be much…

Missing Stars June Update

Hello everyone, hope you're doing well. We're coming at you with our June update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress for Act 1.

What we focused on this month was going through our code and streamlining it in order to make it more efficient and help run the game better. What we did to achieve this was we took some commands that were 6-7 lines long that popped up throughout the game's code and shortened them to 1-2 lines. This was done not only to streamline the code, but make sure it was easier to read and sort through when adding in scenes, as well as make troubleshooting to solve any bugs that pop up a lot easier. On top of that, we have programmed in a number of scenes into the game and are continuing to make progress on that front.

Some users on Discord were asking abut how tall (or short) some of our cast members are. By popular demand, here's a relative height chart of our core cast for Missing Stars!



And that is all we have for you …