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  1. 7 points
    If you would check my Kickstarter profile you would notice that I have been supporting the localization Visual Novel effort since it's beginnings on Kickstarter with The Grisaia Trilogy and The Clannad Crowdfunding campaigns being the first things that I have ever backed on Kickstarter, since I was eager to see more Visual Novels translated in english, I have spent thousands of dollars in the last few years on supporting pretty much every major japanese VN crowdfunding campaign since the beginning of the trend. However as these localization companies grow, they get more and more bold with their schemes, false advertisements, cheatings, lies and coy word play which in the ends result in them royally screwing over the very same people that helped these localization companies grow as big as they are now. I would prefer to say nothing and just keep things as they are now, but I feel that if I did that these companies would see that they can get away with this and grow bolder and bolder with their schemes aimed at screwing over their customers out of their money for all they are worth, so they need to be called out on it and since no one seem to have noticed and/or mentioned this and I feel that at least someone has to do it. Sekai Project's False Advertising Scam and Creating Demand Schemes: Sekai Project had recently launched another Kickstarter Campaign, this time it was for A Clockwork Ley-Line Trilogy, on this Kickstarter the only way to get a physical edition of the Trilogy was to pay a minimum of 135 USD, it is a similar system to what they used for their ChronoClock Kickstarter Campaign which was the first Sekai Project Kickstarter Campaign where they finally dropped the false pretenses of it being for the sake of the game localization and more for the sake of manufacturing physical goods, in the Clockwork Ley-Line Trilogy Kickstarter you could get a I quote "The Physical Limited Edition" for a premium price of 135 USD not any less, the 135 USD tier is a tier that include both digital copies and physical copies of the rewards, HOWEVER, the I quote "Physical Limited Edition" could not be obtained as stand-alone, they were exclusives to these higher premium tiers and were exclusively sold bundled together with digital codes, which brought the price to a minimum of 135 USD for a I quote "Physical Limited Edition". A few people had (rightfully) complained about this in the past and mentioned how it was not fair to keep the Physical Edition exclusively bundled together with digital which raised the price by x2 and how a choice should be offered to backers who only wanted a physical edition without any of the digital rewards, to which Sekai Project basically replied to them that they should go take a hike and they they wouldn't change anything and that if they wanted a physical edition it was 135 USD+ or nothing. The Clockwork Ley-Line Trilogy raised a total of 135,430 USD during a 31 days Kickstarter Campaign, which ended on the 19th March 2017 (less than a month ago), however unlike usually it seems that Sekai Project has gone into a new direction unlike before and decided to open an Store Page on the Backerkit Pre-order Store for A Clockwork Ley-Line Trilogy. See here, Backerkit Preorder Store: Now look here on the original Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign page: You would notice the following things: - On Kickstarter it was only sold for 135 USD minimum bundled together with digital codes, On the Backerkit Store it is sold stand-alone for only 75 USD. - On Kickstarter it was advertised as a "Limited Edition", on the Backerkit Store the words "Limited Edition" have been completely removed, yet according to the description it is the same physical set of the trilogy in a slipcase. This is what is called a "False Advertising", by falsely putting the words "Limited Edition" next to a non-Limited Edition they would create more demand for it and as such garner more money even though their intention is to keep making money on their Backerkit Store by having it readily available for purchase in a non-limited capacity, this is called "Artificial Creating Demand", see this example to easily understand this scam: That's basically what Sekai Project has sold you on Kickstarter if you backed for their "Limited Edition" of a Clockwork Ley-Line which was "Limited" in name only and for a limited time, the only thing "limited" about it is the limited amount of time it took for it to lose it's status of "Limited Edition" (only after they got their 135k from the Kickstarter funds mind you) as you saw on it's Backerkit Pre-order Store. Some info on the Backerkit Preorder Store https://www.backerkit.com/preorder_projects What they don't tell you is that the "Backerkit Pre-order Store" is a "Pre-order store" in name only, as it is not restricted to only preorder projects, no, even if something has been released years ago you can still let your Backerkit Pre-order Store Page open for business for an indefinite amount of time no matter how long ago the project has already been done with and released. So if Sekai Project wanted, they could use Backerkit as their very own cheap Online Store to sell their fake "Limited Editions" in a seemingly inexhaustible numbers of supply for an indefinite amount of time. So basically here you see that Sekai Project royally screwed over their Kickstarter physical backers (the very same people that made their Kickstarter a success), by lying and selling to them a non-Limited Edition as a "Limited Edition" and by overcharging these same Kickstarter Backers a minimum of 135 USD for a physical edition, while they now offer the same physical edition on their Backerkit Store for only 75 USD. I urge everyone who backed the A Clockwork Ley-Line Kickstarter for a physical "Limited Edition" to send a message to Sekai Project to request a refund here: support@sekaiproject.com Unless off course you like being overcharged and taken for a fool. Sekai Project And Frontwing Screwing Over The Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Physical Backers: As you probably know, we now are going to have 2 different Grisaia Boxset in english, not one, but two. However one is clearly inferior to the other as I will explain in a few line below, now it's been confirmed that Frontwing will release an English version of the Grisaia Complete Box, which basically screws over every one of the Backers that backed Grisaia Physical Kickstarter in Q4 2014-Q1 2015, So who's to blame for this? Frontwing? Sekai Project? Both of them? Who knows, but Sekai Project shares the blame in this as they are the holders of the license and only they could give the greenlight to Frontwing for producing physical copies of the Complete Box and so they did even though they damn well knew that if they did this, that it would instantly screw over the thousands of Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Backers who have as of yet not even received 3/4 of the physical game rewards. Why is this situation so bad? I will let you judge for yourself: Frontwing 2017 Boxset: Sekai Project 2014 Boxset: So what happens now: 1. Thousands of Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Backers are now going to be stuck with to the clearly shittier Sekai Project Boxset compared to the Frontwing Boxset. 2. Thousands of Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Backers have as of yet only received only 1 (Fruit) of the physical game out of the 4 (Labynrinth, Eden, ChiruChiru Michiru) 3. The Frontwing Boxset has about 14 different goods included (including the high quality collector's box), while the Sekai Project Boxset has only the measly DVD physical games cases in a flimsy DVD Boxset. 4. The Frontwing Boxset will be 18+, While the Sekai Project Boxset was censored. 5. Now that the Frontwing Boxset has been announced this has totally devalued the Sekai Project Boxset to nothing and made it worthless. 6. Because of point "5.", thousands of Backers are now stuck with the Sekai Project Boxset that they will never be able to sell off, especially if they wish to upgrade to the clearly superior Frontwing Boxset, because who will now pay hundreds of dollars for the Sekai Project Boxset now that there is going to be a Frontwing Boxset that is clearly superior in every way? 7. Frontwing has shown a complete lack of professionalism and care by basically telling their gaijin customers to buy again and again different versions of Grisaia Boxsets because "That's as good as it's going to get for non-japanese" to only release new ones who were better than the last, some people had to buy Grisaia Boxsets 3 times between 2014 and now (Sekai Project 2014 Boxset, Japanese 2017 Frontwing Boxset Provided by Frontwing who used J-List as their very own online store, English 2017 Frontwing Boxset who will use Backerkit as their own Online Store). This sort of unprofessional behavior certainly wouldn't fly in Japan as it would have been called out real quick in the otaku eroge gamers circles and would have ruined the reputation of said infringing companies, but they do it here because they know they can get away with it in gaijinland. In retrospect, there is only ONE Grisaia Boxset in Japan that was produced in an actual limited quantity. I am not gonna lie, I am not crazy about the physical library of titles from MangaGamer or JAST, but at least these have never tried to royally screw over so horribly their customers like Sekai Project does and I never had any problems with the few times I dealt with them.
  2. 3 points
    why of course, its like science and stuff. you see, there are virgins and there are non-virgins, you following me so far? virgins are of course what would categorized as the "normal virgins" these are people who have yet to experience the opposite on a more physically intimate level. non-virgins are ones whove experienced sex. very basic so far. now we have levels for each side of the status. whenever one status gains a new level, the opposite must have the same, otherwise this would cause an imbalance. so weve covered the basics, now we go deeper. each level is based on looks and attitude and each level determines the chances of one either losing their virginity or the chances of one engaging in sexual activities solely for the pleasure. these people do not care who they sleep with to either A) lose their virginity or 2) continue to engage in sex for pleasure. i wont go into levels as these are being added all the time but what isnt debatable are the ends. each side has a limit that someone can reach before either being seen as a virgin forever or someone thats a hopeless slut. both of these type of people fool themselves on the level of intimacy theyre having or will have in order to justify their status. mayumayu can explain more. the supers. they can also be known as the hopeless. so anywways, i hope this clears up any confusions anyone may have on the matter. if you have any further questions ask a sex ed teacher because im out.
  3. 3 points
    Is it really shitpost though? I think he has a point lol
  4. 2 points
    Absurd Difference in Quality and Pricing Between Their Clannad Physical And The Rest: For all the Kickstarters and IndieGogo Sekai Project did, there is not much to show in terms of rewards that was delivered, I have almost backed every crowdfunding campaigns Sekai Project did and so far after thousands of dollars spent I only have Clannad, 1/4 of the Grisaia Boxset and Root Double to show for it. Here we compare Grisaia DVD Boxset quality to Texhnolyze DVD Boxset: Comparison Pic 1: The Texhnolyze DVD Boxset is very sturdy while the Sekai Project Grisaia Boxset is flimsy and of low quality (especially for that price) also even though the Texhnolyze DVD Boxset is very sturdy for good measure a solid Styrofoam block was also added to prevent the DVD Boxset from getting bent since the boxset was only bundled with volume 1, while the rest of the space is empty: While the Sekai Project Grisia DVD Boxset "anti-bent protection measures" consist simply of a thin and flimsy piece of cardboard layer: Styrofoam blocks must be too expensive for Sekai Project... And a low quality DVD Boxset with a set of cheap black DVD cases is apparently worth hundreds of dollars! There this is what you got for hundred of dollars... Now I would like to now compare that with Clannad HD Kickstarter Limited Edition from Sekai Project to Majikoi S First Print Print Limited Edition. Comparison Pic 1: Comparison Pic 2: Clannad 1 Guidebook: Clannad 2: Majikoi S 1 First Print Limited Edition Artbook: Majikoi S 2: Now with the Clannad Kickstarter Limited Edition we have something which seems as good as japanese releases, with a big box, a high quality 81 pages guidebook, the game disc in a long jewel case and the mabinogi soundtrack disc in a standard jewel case, not only that it is a numbered edition with only about 4000 units made, all this for 40 USD Early Birds and 50 USD for the rest. So basically for 40/50 USD, you could get something that rival japanese eroge First Print Limited Edition releases with plenty of content, but for hundred of dollars you get a cheap low quality Boxset with censored copies on DVD in cheap black DVD cases? I am not so good at math, but I think something's wrong here. Now it seems that the prices have increased since Clannad Kickstarter by 3x and the quality and amount of content for your buck seem to have diminished? Again either something's wrong with the math...
  5. 2 points
    Except we're not Japan, that's the difference and one of the reasons, they are propably surprised. Or at least will be, if this continues. We have the right to demand quality products for our money's worth and this kind of behaviour SP presented is unacceptable, especially if you pay hundreds of dollars for a Collector's Edition.
  6. 2 points
    Sounds familiar to me I have no idea what's going on between SP and Frontwing, but it clearly shows their lack of proper communication... unless one of them is screwing over another (Frontwing?). Regarding CE's - in a normal case, when a publisher gets hold on exclusive rights to release a product within certain boundaries, he makes sure the said product will be definite... which seems to not be the case regarding Grisaia. How is that even possible? Should we blame Frontwing for being greedy, or is it perhaps Sekai Project's fault for showing (yet again) a complete lack of professionalism?
  7. 2 points
    Don't see anything he's wrong with pointing at, though. It's obviously clear now SP turned into a bunch of corporate leechs that care little about their consumer base. We're on a shitty internet forum, for god's sake; there's no point in calling this "sensationalist trash" and we're talking about people who literally got screwed over hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. I myself would feel extremely cheated, to say the least and this gives me no more actual reasons to support them anymore, mostly because I can get - actually, I am sure I will - obtain the goods I want at a later date, without a hassle and propably of much better value. Which instantly brings us to the beginning - why even support them right from the start in the first place? That aside, I'm also concerned with the ammount of games they are currently trying to push through the whole crowdfunding process. This short period of time saw more games being prepared for release, than throughout the whole previous years. Can they even actually handle it? Won't it affect the quality of both products and customer handling?
  8. 2 points
    Well this is a rather... unfortunate typo.
  9. 2 points

    Birthday thread

    Happy 20th birthday to @Zalor here once again (The 2nd time I said happy birthday to you here), and also happy 24th birthday to @Dreamysyu here. Hope both of you had good year ahead. PS - I'd forgot about it yesterday, so let me say happy belated birthday to @Jade there.
  10. 1 point

    Looking for a plant for my house

    I found this one that branches all over the place, it's very pretty:
  11. 1 point

    Why I hate the Fruit of Grisaia

    I'd say, try it. Even though this thread has a lot of , a lot of people liked this VN, so who knows? You may like it too.
  12. 1 point
    who are these people again also re: the grisaia box what the fuck do you want them to do. These were planned 3 whole years apart. Either they cancel it, and get a bunch of people complaining because they wanted it, or upgrade all the SP backers for that... oh wait, the SP grisaia box was already made. There's quite obviously no solution to this that'll please people upset, so just accept it and stop crying.
  13. 1 point
    On one hand the Frontwing Complete Box has the 18+ version of Grisaia, better packaging, and more extras, but on the other hand Frontwing is considering adding DRM (likely internet activation) to the Complete Box. Honestly I'm much less interested in the Complete Box knowing that the discs likely won't have any longevity; when the activation servers cease to be available or the activations are used up then the discs are essentially coasters. And the really stupid thing about it is that all of the titles included in the Complete Box are being made available DRM-free for the original Grisaia Kickstarter anyway so adding the DRM does literally nothing to prevent piracy.
  14. 1 point
    I'm a backer of the Clockwork Ley-Line campaign, and the physical standalone add-on caught my attention in the backerkit as well. However, there's some context here that's needed. First, people asked during the Chrono Clock campaign if there'd be a standalone physical option, and Sekai Project said that they would consider it (by the way, I've never seen SP dismiss anyone's request for this option like you suggest), but they didn't end up adding one, so anyone who wanted that option was out of luck. As for Clockwork's campaign, the limited items will definitely be limited. Suggesting that the backerkit will be some infinite store is ridiculous. It's going to be locked down eventually, they're going to produce a specific number of goods, and then ship those goods out. If there are reprints, they won't be anytime soon since Sekai Project has yet to reprint any of their limited edition items from their Kickstarters, and they have never made any plans to. In terms of cost, the Physical Limited Edition tier includes the physical games + physical OST and digital copies of the games, the OST, the artbook, and the light novel. In order to match that price with add-ons alone, that'd cost $175, or $40 more than the price of the Physical Limited Edition tier on the Kickstarter (and after experimenting with the add-ons, if you got the Physical Limited Edition + Physical Artbook tier during the Kickstarter, it costs more shipping to recreate that tier with add-ons in the backerkit, so that tier was a better deal for Kickstarter backers). I think the one complaint you can make is that we didn't know exactly what add-ons would be made available after the campaign other than the physical artbook. If you are interested in digital items, you saved a good bit of money by backing the Physical Limited Edition tier during the Kickstarter. If you're not interested, you could try to get a refund or change your pledge in backerkit to the $0 tier and only go for physical add-ons and possibly get more physical items with your money than you could before. As for Clannad being less expensive than later physical releases, Sekai Project has said in livestreams that they lost money producing the physical versions and that it was something special for that campaign. Given that they've never had a more successful visual novel Kickstarter since Clannad, it's understandable that physical editions aren't as cheap anymore. The SP vs Frontwing Grisaia physicals situation is an interesting discussion to have, though. Clearly both companies are working at different paces in order to reach different objectives with the Grisaia property. The one thing I will say is that while Frontwing's complete box is better in quality, it's also quite a bit more expensive than Sekai's. It is a bit of an awkward position to put backers in, though, since Sekai won't be shipping the last of the physical items until possibly the middle of this year. Can't believe I wrote this giant response but hopefully it's more concise than OP's, at least.
  15. 1 point

    0m3ga Visual Novel Engine

    Wow, it certainly has been a long time since I've been here. You guys have come a long way, and for that, I can finally say I've finished the first real working version of my old visual novel engine that I once did an interview on fuwanovel (https://fuwanovel.net/2013/10/interview-qbertys-om3ga-engine-transcending-platforms/) about. I'm proud to say that it's finally what I wanted it to become. A non-nonsense simple multi-platform visual novel creation and testing tool. It supports running your visual novels on Android/iOS/Windows/Mac/Linux with only needing to write your story once for all platforms. I'm also testing cloud saving/loading as well. All testers are welcome to http://vnengine.com to check it out. You can try it out for yourself at: http://vnengine.com
  16. 1 point

    Hatsukoi 1/1 Translation

    By the way, there's earlier blogpost from the translator in regard of his choice to translate HatsuKoi. Here's the blogpost and it's also tell us of how much he want to translated both of Hoshiori and Gin'iro Haruka, but once again the technical difficulty problem limit that. Hope someone from here could help him if possible. PS - To be honest, I'd just read it and regarding the technical problem I understand that Siglus engine was quite a pain there.
  17. 1 point
    You people picked one of my all time favorites, I hope you have a blast. Makes me itch to just reread it too. Just in case it's not too late for some of you: Please listen to this man.
  18. 1 point

    Share unknown facts with us

    Bedbugs, on the other hand, practice traumatic insemination. Instead of looking for the corresponding orifice, the male punctures the female's abdomen with his penis wherever the fuck he wants and injects sperm directly into the hemolymph (what passes for bloodstream in insects).
  19. 1 point
    I thought it will be a nice addition and raise good competition, but it's a fucking joke. So far, I was in the top 1500 players, only to fall down below 5k yesterday and never return back. It seems the system does not tier, nor match players accordingly to their skill level, but does so completely randomly by choosing them from an available roster of online players with similiar scores. This makes no sense, because I can't compete with whales and other players can even dream of competing with me. Normally, we all have a predefined level from start, we're able to achieve and won't ever go higher, because we'll get blocked by players who can score more due to their team setups. Furthermore, you got almost nothing from FC'ing a song. This system is incredibly flawed and unfair, as it creates scenarios, where skill doesn't matter at all and you can literally get pushed behind just by an unlucky streak of RNG. This happened to me. Now, I have issues to even get past 3-4k, because I typically earn 120-250 points being topmost FC and can lose as much as 500 and more, when I get matched with people I shouldn't even ever get matched with. This is nonsense. Old system was at least good, because your topmost score defined your place in the song ranking. Now you have not only that, but you have to compete with other players, you have completely no impact on and a single fuck-up or stupidity on matching system's side can literally drop you off a tier in the very last moment, you'd normally fully deserve to be within.
  20. 1 point
    It's fine, I deserve that much for being a dumb fanboy who just went around defending Sekai Project and co., you guys were right all along. I don't think too many people noticed the situation issue with the A Clockwork Ley-Line (though I have seen a few perplexed people on the comment section of the Kickstarter wondering how it went from 135 USD to 75 USD), but regarding the Grisaia Physical I am just one among the thousands who got screwed over for hundreds of dollars worth: I tried to get in contact with both Frontwing and Sekai Project about this debacle, but I am basically only getting robotic PR replies, with Sekai Project telling me to go complain about it to Frontwing and Frontwing tells me to go complain about it to Sekai Project.
  21. 1 point

    Share unknown facts with us

    Nature is amazing, isn't it?
  22. 1 point

    Share unknown facts with us

    Female ducks have literally evolved to develop measures to not get impregnated by rapist male ducks, which have corkscrew dicks
  23. 1 point

    What are you playing?

    Higanbana is FUCKED UP, jesus
  24. 1 point
    There's a valid point in there, yes, but most of the post is sensationalist trash meant to rile people up. It's rife with speculation and assumptions, and is extremely opinionated.
  25. 1 point

    To Heart 2 for PC Translation Project

    Progress update: Proofreading of Yuuki's route is now complete again thanks to @Benji Price, making proofreading ~70% complete. Ruu \o/
  26. 1 point
    Steins;Gate is pretty amazing, would definitely recommend reading it, even above Kindred Spirits most likely. Also, one suggestion: it's a lot easier to give recommendations if you make a VNDB page and rate your games. Kind of equivalent to listing the games you've read and what you thought of them, but at least you only have to do it once and then keep it up to date, and it's easy for people to refer to on down the line.
  27. 1 point

    0m3ga Visual Novel Engine

    No worries. The reason why this differs so much from renpy, is because of it's language. I made it extremely simple to write scripts for, you don't need to have ANY programming knowledge to get started. If you check out http://vnengine.com/documentation.html you'll see I made a simple tagging system for all the major features that visual novels have. Why it's the better choice at the moment, is specifically because if you need a feature added, you can simply e-mail me and I'll have it added for all platforms! Another good reason is that any visual novel made with my engine will be fully compatible with ALL newer versions of the engine (unlike renpy). It also has a lot of internet capability, as well as hooks into mobile functions (like vibrate, GPS, push notifications etc..) Renpy is definitely fantastic and versatile, but it's built upon something that wasn't designed for visual novels. This engine is 100% designed for visual novels from the ground up.
  28. 1 point

    Share unknown facts with us

    How sweet. If we are already talking about penises - did you know male cats have them covered with a multitude of tiny hooks? Perfect way to ensure your partner won't escape during sex
  29. 1 point

    Share unknown facts with us

    I'll just leave this here, fun fact:
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  31. 1 point

    RPG similar to the one in manga/anime?

    Maybe Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale.
  32. 1 point

    RPG similar to the one in manga/anime?

    Atelier series Rune Factory Harvest Moon
  33. 1 point
    My physical copy of Kikokugai just got here Front Back Inside It also came with a sweet booklet that lists a bunch of other Nitroplus VNs. Pic of one of the booklet's pages
  34. 1 point
    Whatever you do, READ RIHO'S ROUTE LAST. Best order (this is not opinion, this IS the best order): Rimu and Yayoi (in any order) -> Kanade -> Riho. If you read Riho's route first, you're setting yourself up for a major disappointment in other routes.
  35. 1 point
    The only female that plays this game that I know on a personal level is my cousin because I was able to corrupt her into playing it. On a more serious note though, most of the people that play the Hatsune Miku games are men in my experience. I wouldn't say that it's only for girls and women because it seems like it's marketed more towards the male audience. I mean.... Have you seen some of those outfits? Of course, females and other genders like to play games just like any other person that calls themselves a gamer. Gaming is for ALL genders.
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