『Discouraged Workers TEEN』 is an indie kinetic novel created by YGGDRASIL STUDIO. This is the fifth in the Project DW series, a satirical story based on the popular Korean soap operas-styled plot. It compares Ga-yeon’s bleak everyday life to the dark side of youth.
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Release Date: Nov 24, 2015

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January 9

First New Year's Devlog!

Hello Guardians,
I am Lee Yunseok, creator of YGGDRASIL STUDIO. This Devlog includes the December Devlog & News I didn't upload last time. Hope you like it!

News for December 2016

Like 2015, we've got the SlideDB AOTY TOP 50! Thank you for our voters and players! We will do our best!

For three days, our TEEN version is ranked #1 of Top Sellers on IndieGameStand! It was my mistake because I entered the wrong discount rate. But thank you anyway!

With the 2016 Steam Winter Sale, we totally maid our third highest monthly revenue! Of course this is not enough to accelerate our remake work. But there are enough people to playing Discouraged Workers! And I hope people will play it again after we finish the remake.

We used this for promotional purposes through SNS. This artwork is Kiss Me based on the remake. Illustration, and also the background has been changed.

New Year's First Devlog
We think that we have already shown enough remake arts by updating the Steam Trading Cards. So we refrain spoilers from now on.

Optimized with recent Ren'Py Engine.
Discouraged Workers is made with Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine. And PyTom, the creator of Ren'Py Engine, he has built a basic system that can be used by Ren'Py games for a user experience for a long time. And at Ren'Py 6.99.11, a new In-Game GUI has been added.

Up to now, Discouraged Workers is based on the Ren'Py 6.99.7. In the remake, Discouraged Workers applies the latest version-current version is 6.99.12- of Ren'Py. The basic GUI will follow a new In-Game GUI of Ren'Py. Of course there will be some changes that are optimized with Discouraged Workers.

Here I attached a working sample for first run based on the original Discouraged Workers, it may change in actual remake updates. Some buttons include tooltip like screenshot.

More basic controller support
Sony DualShock 4 and 8Bitdo NES/SFC controller support has been added based on the SDL_GameControllerDB. More controllers can be added when we actually update the remake.

Discouraged Workers already supports more controllers than other Ren'Py based games, including the Steam Controller.

Animation will be applied
This may be unexpected for you. Yunwoo's moving, Ga-yeon's moving, and etc. In the remake, Discouraged Workers will include animations. Ga-yeon and Yunwoo do not teleport.

We can use/apply E-mote/Live2D and DragonBones/Spine to Discouraged Workers. So you don't have to worry about animation with Ren'Py.

Add a Sketch-art for Concept and Diary Archive
I said we will replace the Ga-yeon's diary to the each cutscenes with new CGs in the past. And now, we change that plan. The Concept and Diary Archive will keep the existing system, and I write a few changes here.
  • Keep the existing system but because the GUI changes, the archive will look better.
  • Each item includes a sketch-art that describes the concept or situation. This will give you a deeper understanding for the cover story of Discouraged Workers.
  • The button for each item will changes to an imagebutton that uses sketch-art.
  • Each buttons has a tooltip. So you can check the title of each item.

Check again
In this time, we need to check again for changes in the remake. This list includes things that we have already been completed or are almost complete, or did not start. The plans are subject to change.
  • Add: Fonts for interface and languages.
  • Add: New arts and animations.
  • Add: More retouched-backgrounds and objects.
  • Add: Sketch-art in the Concept and Diary Archive.
  • Add: Russian support, Simplified-Chinese support.
  • Add: Quizzes and Puzzles, Point-and-click, and Side-scrolling movements.
  • Add: Easter egg -You can access some hidden content.
  • Change: Replace the art of YANG with the art of chibilis studio. It combines the quality and style of art.
  • Change: Layout for Archives -It will follow a new In-Game GUI of Ren'Py.
  • Change: Replace all PNG images to WebP.
  • Fix: Concept and Diary Archive.
  • Fix: Controller support.
  • Fix: Some retouched-backgrounds for the quality.
  • Fix: Steam Achievements.
  • Improve: Optimize with the latest Ren'Py.
  • Improve: Apply a new In-Game GUI of Ren'Py.
  • Improve: Directing dramatic effects.
  • Improve: More basic controller support.
  • Release: Official Trailer -Discouraged Workers haven't official trailer yet.
  • Release: Digital Books DLC.

Thank you for read this announcement. Happy New Year. Then, I'll be back soon.

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December 23, 2016

2016 Steam Winter Sale!

The promotion image used Steam Winter Sale Assets by Valve, and the art by chibilis studio based on the remake of Discouraged Workers.

Mery Christmas -in advance!

I am Lee Yunseok, creator of YGGDRASIL STUDIO. The 2016 Steam Winter Sale is ongoing!


Cheers for your life! Then, I'll be back soon.

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“Depression and anxiety aren’t often well-represented in gaming. Enter Yggdrasil Studio’s VN to offer a glimpse behind the veil.”

“The extremely dark atmosphere and realism make for an interesting departure that's pretty far removed from what you'd normally expect out of a visual novel, and it's worth giving a try for that alone.”

“This game, despite its frustrating design, will hit unemployed or underemployed millennial gamers right where it hurts. It’s a satirical take on Korean soap operas, but the plot — powerlessly navigating a sluggish economy with debt and a useless degree — feels distinctly American as well.”

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About This Game


As a hospital coordinator, Ga-yeon fell in love with a doctor at the hospital she was working in and they had an affair even though the doctor was a married man. When the director found out, she was fired. For over a year she tried to find another job, but her mental uneasiness eventually made her give up and she became a recluse.

A year later, in the spring of 2013, her younger sister, Hye-na, and her first love Yunwoo come to her.

A story about the dark side of today’s youth and serious life events happening around Ga-yeon.

Discouraged Workers


  • This is a TEEN version of the Discouraged Workers, takes the form of kinetic novel(visual novel similar).
  • The game will be moved on mostly through Ga-yeon’s point of view and the Archives will be also helpful for you to understand the whole play.
  • Basically you don’t need to be directly involved in the game – just watch, read, listen, and feel it.
  • However sometimes, you may be required to do something to collect some records or scenes.
  • Discouraged Workers is played automatically. You can toggle this function.


  • A Korean-based densely-plotted story with the gloomy theme.
  • The short but intense 100+ minutes, with the real soap opera-like directing.
  • The animation-style sprites & CGs, and backgrounds based on retouched real pictures.
  • Archives contains 60+ records(Characters and Concept, Diary, Gallery, and Music). Records are granted in accordance with the progress of the game.
  • Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards series unlike the original version, cross-platform auto-cloud sync with Steam Cloud.
  • Full Controller Support, native Steam Controller support.
  • Contains soundtrack for the Steam Music Player, Android build, PDF Manual.

Key Records

  • SlideDB 2016 AOTY TOP 50
  • SlideDB 2015 AOTY TOP 50
  • Greenlit on Steam Greenlight
  • The second Adult Only title on Steam -Original version
  • Very first released for Adult and TEEN version on Steam
  • Very first native Steam Controller support in Korea, Republic of.
  • Funded with Tumblbug
  • Participated in the FUCK CAPITALISM JAM(#FuckJam2k15)
  • Amazon Top 100 selling Indie Games PC Games #12, Mac Games #4 -Original version
  • IndieGameStand Top Sellers #1
  • itch.io Top games #51, Adventure games #7, Android adventure #1 -Original version
  • SlideDB Popular Games #1(2 times), IndieDB #11, ModDB #45
  • App Store iPad Top Paid Educational Games #2, iPhone Top Paid Adventure Games #10, Top Paid Educational Games #1 in Singapore
  • Google Play Top Paid Adventure #20 in India, Top New Paid Adventure #7 in Korea, Republic of., Top New Paid Adventure #20 in 8 countries


Lee Yunseok: Directing, Design, Programming, Music, Sound, Writing, UI Design, Backgournd CGs, Object sprites, Packaging, Movie, Website -From April 21, 2013
Ga Younghee: English translation -From April 11, 2015
Brian Connors: Translation Adviser -From June 3, 2015
YANG: Male sprites, CG sprites -April 8, 2015~September 13, 2015
Adam Patric Kratz: Epilepsy Adviser -November 15, 2015~November 20, 2015

chibilis studio: Female sprites, CG sprite-Eternal Happiness -March 10, 2015~April 6, 2015
Kyle Fawcett: Demo Translation Adviser -June 3, 2015~June 14, 2015
Jeon Junsik: Unofficial demo sprites -January 5, 2015~February 25, 2015

Thank You Letter

ACOC, Aiman Sharul, Axel Mertes, Bgame, Brandon Tanimoto, Brian Connors,
BRISAK Kim Doohyeon, cheif.choi, Choi Irang, Choi Jihye, clôture, Danielle Bell,
Edward N Puckering, Gary King, Gwak Jaeryeol, Han Ihyeong, Hoe Namyoon,
Hong Eunki, Hwang Daehoon, Hyojoon, James Emmerson, Jeong Dongwon,
Jeong Wookjin, Jeong Yoonsoo, Jianmin Zhang, Karina Schulze, Keira Val'Azr,
Kim Hanseol, Kim Hyeoncheol, Kim Jaeseong, Kim Jeongwoong, Kim Myeongwook,
Lee Changki, Lee Eunji, Lee Gunhae, Lee Hyejin, Lee Jaewi, Light Twins, Lim Jisoo,
Maddy Wootton, Marshall Proudfoot, Mirumu, Mojaeng, Oh Hyeonjun, Park Hyeonjun,
Park JoonKoo, Rewind, Sander Tieleman, srwss, Sung Chanaul, YottaCho, Zerial.net

Christopher Rice, George Winston, Kim Sooyoung, Lee Illseong, Pixabay, Shin Haechul,
So Reyeon, Tom Rothamel, Valve Corporation

This game was created by you. Yours Sincerely,
Lee Yunseok, Creator of YGGDRASIL STUDIO.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP x86
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.66 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 630 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
    • Additional Notes: WVGA(800*480 16:9 Wide Screen)
    • OS: Windows XP x86, Vista or 7 or higher
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.1 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: FHD(1920*1080 16:9 Wide Screen) or higher, Steam Controller or XBOX 360 Controller, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard x86
    • Processor: Intel processor (IA-32)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 630 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: WVGA(800*480 16:9 Wide Screen)
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard x64 or higher
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo Yonah processor or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: FHD(1920*1080 16:9 Wide Screen) or higher, Steam Controller or XBOX 360 Controller
    • OS: Linux x86
    • Processor: Intel Celeron 700 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 630 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: WVGA(800*480 16:9 Wide Screen)
    • OS: SteamOS 2.20 Brewmaster, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x64 Precise Pangolin or higher
    • Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: FHD(1920*1080 16:9 Wide Screen) or higher, Steam Controller or XBOX 360 Controller, 3-Heights™ PDF Optimization Shell
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