So, I bought euphoria (developed by ClockUp, released in the west by Mangagamer), and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it. Or should I say, the hell in it. I don’t care much for the kinky and grotesque adult scenes, but the whole setting has got this wonderfully dark vibe and the story is surprisingly good.
(I know, this sounds a lot like the “I read Playboy for the interviews” argument. Don’t judge me.)
There’s one thing that has been bugging me though. On my 1680×1050 monitor, euphoria presents itself in a glorious… 1280×960 resolution when set to full screen. The result: black borders all around, as you can see in the image below:
Apparently, I’m not the only one who has this issue. Good thing I found a workaround! Read on for instructions.
One way to fix this is to manually set your desktop resolution to 1280×800 every time you want to play the game, but that is a really tiresome way of doing things. That is why we’re going to use a program for this called Display Changer II. Just follow the steps below:
Step by step fix
- Download Display Changer II from their website.
- Extract the files to the location where you installed euphoria. I believe the default path is C:\Games\Mangagamer\Euphoria.
- Create a shortcut to dc2.exe (or dc2x86.exe if you’re running a 32-bit Windows version).
- Change the target of that shortcut to <file location>dc2.exe -create=”euphoria.xml”
See the screenshot below for a lousy, Dutch language example. As you can see, on my system the path is D:\euphoria\dc2.exe -create=”euphoria.xml” (backslashes are messed up because I’m running Japanese system locale)
- Run the shortcut. It should create a file called euphoria.xml.
- Open euphoria.xml with a text editor and change the following line (it’s line 17 in my example):
<size width=”1680″ height=”1050″/>
to <size width=”1280″ height=”960″/>
- Save and close the file.
- Now, edit the shortcut you used earlier again. This time change the target to
<file location>dc2.exe -configure=”euphoria.xml” euphoria.exe
- Save the shortcut.
- Run the shortcut. The game should start now. Looks a lot better, doesn’t it?
Note: These are the settings that worked for my system. Take a close look at the xml file if things don’t work right for you, you might want to change the resolution to something different.
Note 2: euphoria is a 1024×768 game, so the black borders on the side are pretty much inevitable… unless you like your h-game girls stretched 🙂