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November's releases so far

Clephas

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It has turned out to be a big month, hasn't it?  Three good quality games in a row... one of which I was sure was going to be a kusoge (guess which one).  This month had a surprising number of non-nukige releases that I was interested in, and I didn't really want to leave any of them to anyone else (I was actually interested in most of them).  Here is a list of what I've played and what I might play before picking VN of the Month.

Played

Aoi Tori

Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha

Yoru Meguru, Bokura no Maigo Kyoushitsu

On the playlist

Bokura no Sekai no Shukufuku wo (looks like a mimikko charage, might be a nukige... either way, it stimulates my fetish)

Maho x Roba (to be honest, I don't trust charage from Akabei subsidiaries.  However, I was asked to play this one anyway...)

Azayaka na Irodori no Naka de, Kimi Rashiku  (might be a kinetic novel, looks mildly interesting... might use it for psychological rest, lol)

Yurameku Kokoro ni Michita Sekai de, Kimi no Yume to Yokubou wa Kanau ka (this one looks interesting... but I don't like the protagonist description, so I'm not sure)

   
   

 



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You played some many VNs, such experience, I really envy you ;_; (In a good way). Like you finished so many ones, it's very impressive. (I know this a random comment, but it was on my mind, specially when I see the giant lists you post in recommendation topics.)

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1 hour ago, SeniorBlitz said:

You played some many VNs, such experience, I really envy you ;_; (In a good way). Like you finished so many ones, it's very impressive. (I know this a random comment, but it was on my mind, specially when I see the giant lists you post in recommendation topics.)

I haven't updated any of those in the last year or so... I should, but it takes a clear mind and a few hours for each list to fully update them.

Something to keep in mind is that while the time I've sunk into playing VNs is impressive even to me, looking back... there are  more downsides to playing this many than upsides.  I've played far more second-rate VNs than first-rate ones, and there have been times when I've gone for long stretches without playing anything decent. 

Also, keep in mind that reading techniques don't differ that much between English books and most Japanese VNs, because Japanese VNs also use the left to right horizontal system for visual novels, whereas their books, news, and other media mostly use the vertical right to left method.  This means I can usually read a Japanese VN or blog post much faster than a book in Japanese, simply because I don't have to adjust my technique... and not much slower than I read in English.

As such, my reading speed, which was already high, remains high when playing VNs, whereas it goes down to half or less when reading a Japanese book or newspaper.  The only real barrier remaining is kanji... and, as long as they use the more common style, I barely have to refer to my parser to keep the speed up.  It is only in the more... literary VNs that my speed goes down somewhat, due to differing use of kanji and the use of more obscure ones. 

I can't afford to spend fifty hours a week on VNs like I did when I first took on my current style of work from home, since I actually work around two or three times as much as I did back then.  Now, I have less than twenty hours to spend on VNs in a good week, if I want to get enough physical activity to keep  my muscles and joints from withering and rest my eyes.  That is enough to finish two and a half to three standard length charage or one chuunige, most of the time (though I tend to make time when chuunige come out).

It is all about what you are willing to sacrifice... my sacrifice is anything resembling a rl social life, a family, and my health.  While the having a family part never really mattered to me, the social life (in the sense of talking in person) aspect tends to have odd effects on the psyche over time, even if you are a born misanthrope (as I am) and health tends to follow the other two. 

Oh, and that free time I just mentioned above...?  I deliberately create my schedule so it all concentrates in the first two weeks of the month, then endure the hard schedules that makes for me later in the month. 

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17 minutes ago, Clephas said:

I haven't updated any of those in the last year or so... I should, but it takes a clear mind and a few hours for each list to fully update them.

Something to keep in mind is that while the time I've sunk into playing VNs is impressive even to me, looking back... there are  more downsides to playing this many than upsides.  I've played far more second-rate VNs than first-rate ones, and there have been times when I've gone for long stretches without playing anything decent. 

Also, keep in mind that reading techniques don't differ that much between English books and most Japanese VNs, because Japanese VNs also use the left to right horizontal system for visual novels, whereas their books, news, and other media mostly use the vertical right to left method.  This means I can usually read a Japanese VN or blog post much faster than a book in Japanese, simply because I don't have to adjust my technique... and not much slower than I read in English.

As such, my reading speed, which was already high, remains high when playing VNs, whereas it goes down to half or less when reading a Japanese book or newspaper.  The only real barrier remaining is kanji... and, as long as they use the more common style, I barely have to refer to my parser to keep the speed up.  It is only in the more... literary VNs that my speed goes down somewhat, due to differing use of kanji and the use of more obscure ones. 

I can't afford to spend fifty hours a week on VNs like I did when I first took on my current style of work from home, since I actually work around two or three times as much as I did back then.  Now, I have less than twenty hours to spend on VNs in a good week, if I want to get enough physical activity to keep  my muscles and joints from withering and rest my eyes.  That is enough to finish two and a half to three standard length charage or one chuunige, most of the time (though I tend to make time when chuunige come out).

It is all about what you are willing to sacrifice... my sacrifice is anything resembling a rl social life, a family, and my health.  While the having a family part never really mattered to me, the social life (in the sense of talking in person) aspect tends to have odd effects on the psyche over time, even if you are a born misanthrope (as I am) and health tends to follow the other two. 

Oh, and that free time I just mentioned above...?  I deliberately create my schedule so it all concentrates in the first two weeks of the month, then endure the hard schedules that makes for me later in the month. 

Wow, that was a deep response (I'll take some time to reflect on It, like seriously, not trying to be sarcastic), also born as a misanthrope? That reminds me of Shiki (Rakkyo/Kara no Kyoukai). I really don't know what to respond...

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7 minutes ago, SeniorBlitz said:

Wow, that was a deep response (I'll take some time to reflect on It, like seriously, not trying to be sarcastic), also born as a misanthrope? That reminds me of Shiki (Rakkyo/Kara no Kyoukai). I really don't know what to respond.

*smiles wryly* it is more that I subconsciously distrust all humans that aren't family and am paranoid even about family if something triggers one of the 'traps' in my brain.  Being paranoid is emotionally exhausting, so it eventually comes out as open irritation that can easily blow up into raw hatred and anger.  I have to be alone for several hours for every hour I spend in company, lol. 

Also, that was just me blowing off some steam... I had my neighbor say - sarcastically - that he envies all the free time I had, and it was all I could do not to take his head off this morning... literally.

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5 hours ago, Clephas said:

*smiles wryly* it is more that I subconsciously distrust all humans that aren't family and am paranoid even about family if something triggers one of the 'traps' in my brain.  Being paranoid is emotionally exhausting, so it eventually comes out as open irritation that can easily blow up into raw hatred and anger.  I have to be alone for several hours for every hour I spend in company, lol. 

Also, that was just me blowing off some steam... I had my neighbor say - sarcastically - that he envies all the free time I had, and it was all I could do not to take his head off this morning... literally.

I honestly wondered about this part of the story when observing your knowledge and the output of your blog, especially after I've started preparing my own and realized how much it will take from me to keep a weekly schedule. :)

I guess it all have costs, but I've just wanted to say that I find this kind of dedication extremely impressive and have a huge respect for what you've achieved around here. I always had a lot problems with giving my all to anything in my life and honestly VNs are a bit of a therapy to me, something I want to stick with and build upon in creative ways (while in the past I've spend literal years mindlessly playing strategy games and RPGs, really barely getting anything out of it - just wasting time). I hope I can one day get anywhere close to your level of expertise and authority on the topic. :)

Also, with bad/mediocre VNs... That's the everyday reality of every genre, isn't it? Classics are classics, but following new stuff always has this effect. So far, I find lesser stuff entertaining in it's own way and don't really feel regrets about postponing my obligatory kamige experiences. I wonder how I will look at it in a few years... :)

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2 hours ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

I honestly wondered about this part of the story when observing your knowledge and the output of your blog, especially after I've started preparing my own and realized how much it will take from me to keep a weekly schedule. :)

I guess it all have costs, but I've just wanted to say that I find this kind of dedication extremely impressive and have a huge respect for what you've achieved around here. I always had a lot problems with giving my all to anything in my life and honestly VNs are a bit of a therapy to me, something I want to stick with and build upon in creative ways (while in the past I've spend literal years mindlessly playing strategy games and RPGs, really barely getting anything out of it - just wasting time). I hope I can one day get anywhere close to your level of expertise and authority on the topic. :)

Also, with bad/mediocre VNs... That's the everyday reality of every genre, isn't it? Classics are classics, but following new stuff always has this effect. So far, I find lesser stuff entertaining in it's own way and don't really feel regrets about postponing my obligatory kamige experiences. I wonder how I will look at it in a few years... :)

My advice is not to try to match my output... to be blunt, I'm seriously pushing the edges of my own limits just to keep going.  Cherry pick your favorite genres and ignore everything else. 

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