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    Veshurik got a reaction from Silvz in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Why most of people here thinks that Newton is strange title? I knew about that game and was surprised about localizing... And that game seems good with nice art and story. I don't understand, what is wrong... 
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    Veshurik reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Then you definitely don't want to play Moe! Ninja Girls or any of those dozens of mobile otome it shares its business model with.
    Edit: I'm actually playing one ATM, just testing how unbearable it is without paying. I recetly had to farm the in-game currency for three days to clear a roadblock that literally prevented me from reading the story, despite having enough story tickets to cover two full chapters. It would cost $5 in premium currency to skip it (plus I would get a "premium version" of that story bit). I still somehow can't help but be amazed with how scummy these games are, literally the worst of the worst in mobile gaming.
    Sorry for OT.
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    Veshurik got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Oh my God.  If this article is true, and the Sol Press CEO did not give an interview in a bad mood ...
     And the VN market in the West is so saturated that players simply have no money to buy novels ...
     What to say about the countries of the second and third world?
     I live in Russia.  And honestly, I can call this country the third world country.  I never hope to see official translations of VN into Russian, this is just a useless idea.  Once in the West, where everything is bad, and if the English language (the main language of the world) novels do not pay off... What to say about other countries and translations into other languages?
    Only silent...
     I don’t want to talk about my life and expenses (I was politely asked to shut up when I started doing this on the forum), but if I can, I buy games, although I know perfectly well that I don’t have time or energy for them.
     I do not think that +1 copy, especially for the Russian regional price (1/4 of the original price) can solve something, but I am happy to support those VNs hat interest me.
     Sol Press pleasantly surprised me by picking up the great Witch's Garden, as well as Happiness 2.
     But Windmill and other companies are so little known among all the others... Niche eroge studios...
     That I have a feeling that these VNs are needed only by 2.5 anonymous.
     This is sad.
     And, apparently, the employees of Sol Press themselves really like these VNs, which is probably why they are working at a loss just to see their favorite title published officially.
     Thank you, Sol Press.  I would cry if I were you.
    We have very, very similar tastes.  I am glad that you have the means and opportunities to localize VN in the West, and ... Those who, let's be honest, are not needed by anyone (almost).
     So I will support you to the end.
     (I bought Majo Koi Nikki on the first day of release and am very happy. And you?)
    Sorry for my English.
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    Veshurik got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Oh my God.  If this article is true, and the Sol Press CEO did not give an interview in a bad mood ...
     And the VN market in the West is so saturated that players simply have no money to buy novels ...
     What to say about the countries of the second and third world?
     I live in Russia.  And honestly, I can call this country the third world country.  I never hope to see official translations of VN into Russian, this is just a useless idea.  Once in the West, where everything is bad, and if the English language (the main language of the world) novels do not pay off... What to say about other countries and translations into other languages?
    Only silent...
     I don’t want to talk about my life and expenses (I was politely asked to shut up when I started doing this on the forum), but if I can, I buy games, although I know perfectly well that I don’t have time or energy for them.
     I do not think that +1 copy, especially for the Russian regional price (1/4 of the original price) can solve something, but I am happy to support those VNs hat interest me.
     Sol Press pleasantly surprised me by picking up the great Witch's Garden, as well as Happiness 2.
     But Windmill and other companies are so little known among all the others... Niche eroge studios...
     That I have a feeling that these VNs are needed only by 2.5 anonymous.
     This is sad.
     And, apparently, the employees of Sol Press themselves really like these VNs, which is probably why they are working at a loss just to see their favorite title published officially.
     Thank you, Sol Press.  I would cry if I were you.
    We have very, very similar tastes.  I am glad that you have the means and opportunities to localize VN in the West, and ... Those who, let's be honest, are not needed by anyone (almost).
     So I will support you to the end.
     (I bought Majo Koi Nikki on the first day of release and am very happy. And you?)
    Sorry for my English.
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    Veshurik got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Oh my God.  If this article is true, and the Sol Press CEO did not give an interview in a bad mood ...
     And the VN market in the West is so saturated that players simply have no money to buy novels ...
     What to say about the countries of the second and third world?
     I live in Russia.  And honestly, I can call this country the third world country.  I never hope to see official translations of VN into Russian, this is just a useless idea.  Once in the West, where everything is bad, and if the English language (the main language of the world) novels do not pay off... What to say about other countries and translations into other languages?
    Only silent...
     I don’t want to talk about my life and expenses (I was politely asked to shut up when I started doing this on the forum), but if I can, I buy games, although I know perfectly well that I don’t have time or energy for them.
     I do not think that +1 copy, especially for the Russian regional price (1/4 of the original price) can solve something, but I am happy to support those VNs hat interest me.
     Sol Press pleasantly surprised me by picking up the great Witch's Garden, as well as Happiness 2.
     But Windmill and other companies are so little known among all the others... Niche eroge studios...
     That I have a feeling that these VNs are needed only by 2.5 anonymous.
     This is sad.
     And, apparently, the employees of Sol Press themselves really like these VNs, which is probably why they are working at a loss just to see their favorite title published officially.
     Thank you, Sol Press.  I would cry if I were you.
    We have very, very similar tastes.  I am glad that you have the means and opportunities to localize VN in the West, and ... Those who, let's be honest, are not needed by anyone (almost).
     So I will support you to the end.
     (I bought Majo Koi Nikki on the first day of release and am very happy. And you?)
    Sorry for my English.
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    Veshurik reacted to Clephas in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Newton was a poor choice overall. 
    From what I've seen of their releases, their choices for localization are almost exclusively mid to low quality charage, with the only significant announcements (from the games I've played, anyway) being HHG, Irotoridori, and Witch's Garden.  All three of these are also listed as TBA, so who knows when they will come out... and they are also ridiculously long and thus expensive to translate.  
    The Western market is currently on a SOL craze, but the market is already saturated.  While there isn't a variety, there is enough SOL localized to get thoroughly sick of the genre if you don't have a natural aptitude for reading that stuff constantly.  Sol Press's poor sales are occurring because they've made poor choices of games to localize (the ones that have already been completely localized).  To be blunt, none of the games they have completed localization of so far were pushed by the community before they were announced, and none of them were anywhere near the top of anyone's list to try. 
    While picking titles by little-known and low-budget companies, as well as old titles that are immensely forgettable probably let them keep the money they shelled out to the Japanese side to a minimum, the titles they chose weren't titles that could compete with the higher-end SOL titles already available here in the West.  As such, Sol Press doesn't really have my sympathy.  Their own poor business practices are what are killing their profits, not piracy, though piracy does harm the industry as a whole (though not nearly as bad as companies say it does). 
     
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    Veshurik reacted to sanahtlig in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Think of it this way: who is the audience for English eroge?  Young males (mainly in the US).  What is the situation of young males with time on their hands these days?  Usually buried in student loan debt trying to get through university.  Do you honestly expect these people to buy eroge on credit?  As for the population that doesn't go through university, their wages are generally lower and they have less time--also not a recipe for spending on high-priced time-consuming entertainment that you can only enjoy alone.  Simply put, this is a demographics issue that doesn't have an easy solution.  A pirated copy isn't a lost sale.  Limiting piracy isn't going to increase their entertainment budgets.  They'll just find their porn somewhere else.
    As for why Sol Press specifically might be having profitability issues: just look at their game lineup.  They're selling a bunch of medium to long length games that are expensive and time-consuming to translate (and consume).  They're all moege, appealing to more or less the same restricted audience.  It's one thing to be a developer and stick to what you're good at (creatively).  But sticking to one genre or game type doesn't do you much good as a publisher.  Diversification spreads your risk and drives traffic from different audiences.  That's good for business.
    It's also important to point out that Sol Press is relatively new and doesn't have much of a following or brand recognition.  In addition, VN sales have a long tail in the West, and they don't have enough titles or sales history to benefit from that just yet.
    As for the article itself, it seems to stumble from one bit of nonsense to another.  In what reality is releasing games sooner after the Japanese release going to decrease piracy?
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    Veshurik reacted to bakauchuujin in Western Visual Novel Publishers Often Release Games at a Loss Due to Piracy (ft. words from CEO of Sol Press, Xeviax)   
    Btw can anyone think of any ways we as fans can try to increase the numbers of people buying things legally rather than pirating? Like trying to make publishers of VNs and their financial situations more known or adding where to get things legally when recommending things especially for people new to the medium or any smart ideas anyone can think of?
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    Veshurik reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Otakon Announcements 2019   
    Indeed, although it's kind of a shame they publish them chronologically. I think the imouto one is what most people are waiting for (she actually looks quite adorable TBH and not in a pedo-bait kind of way). I'm also still baffled by the first part's title (both the original and English version) and how the game advertises itself with this ultra-mundane premise. I guess it speaks to a teenager's idea of what living with someone means. I'm waiting for an eroge that will also include all the small irritations and conflicts that come with it. ;p
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    Veshurik reacted to Fred the Barber in Majokoi aka Witch's Love Diary Release by Sekai Project [UPDATED]   
    The Witch's Love Diary is now available on Steam, Denpasoft (Standalone 18+ Release or free 18+ Patch for the Steam Release), and JAST USA. Get it at a 10% launch discount, at any of those stores, and then come tell us what you thought!
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    Veshurik got a reaction from Dergonu in Love Cube English Release   
    Neko Work H (sub-brand of Neko Works) released their debut game - Love Cube - on Steam and Fakku.
    You can get all ages version for 10$ in Steam and also 18+ patch for 10$ (or buy from Fakku for 20$).

    Game size - 4.5Gb (adult patch) + 1.5Gb (all ages) = 6Gb
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    Veshurik reacted to Shimakaze in Princess Evangile Release 2015   
    Vincennes and "Filles de la Vincennes", hue hue hue
     
    They'll never manage to get anything right in any language, be it English, French, German or Russian.
     
    Gonna download that demo though.
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    Veshurik reacted to NowItsAngeTime in Under One Wing (Hitotsuba) Steam store opened   
    Finished the VN last night
     
    Overall I liked it. 
     
    I would say its biggest strengths are:
    * All the characters are pretty likable and funny, outside maybe one prominent character in Mimari's route who was written to be unlikable
    * It has some nice feel good/emotional moments throughout
    * Unique enough setting with the plane fighting and stuff to make it stick out from other galge.
    * Character development is decent enough for each character.
     
    I'd say its biggest weaknesses are:
    * Romance seems slightly rushed in each route
    * The routes are obviously formulaic: Route starts -> Romance starts -> H-scene + SoL x3-5 -> Drama outta nowhere -> EPIC PLANE FLIGHT
    * While not as bad as say... Muv-Luv every so once in a while the plane explanations are a little too long-winded for a plane noob like me who isn't particularly into fighting planes.
    * Nahoko and Hikari's voice acting volumes aren't balanced very well with the otehrs and there's no way to adjust individual character volumes.
     
    Some other thoughts that are more like observations:
    * It has a slightly unique art style. While still anime style, all the drawings are... stencil-y?
    * Those H-scenes are loooooonnnnnnnnnggg
    * Only 1 choice mattering, I don't particularly whether choices really count as long as the story/characters are good
     
    Overall Character Rankings
    Kazusa > Hikari > Mimari > Nahoko

    Kazusa- I've stated multiple times but from the beginning but I was VERY impressed with how they handled her as a tsundere. Very reasonable and willing to admit her mistakes and be openly caring of others while still having the typical tsundere trait of being dishonest with her feelings to allow for decent development. 
    Hikari- I thought she would be a generic optimistic ditzy character... well she still basically was by the end but I actually like the way her character was executed in terms of motivating the rest of the team. Also she was pretty funny and a surprisingly good troll humor wise. Sadly she herself didn't develop much.
    Mimari- The closest thing to a mysterious/kuudere character. While she did have her blunt side, she mixed it with otherwise being very friendly for the most part and only being harsh to people who really deserve it. Her bluntness provided some good humor. Her past was clearly the most deep and interesting.
    Nahoko- She had some funny moments and is likable enough but she felt oddly... underused even though she was supposed to be the leader? Even in her route I liked the concept of her development but some parts were executed oddly.

    Overall Route Rankings
    Hikari > Kazusa > Nahoko > Mimari
    Hikari- Arguably the most simple route, Hikari herself doesn't have too much development BUT you get to see the positive motivation she has on everyone the most here and it's really nice to see. Also her backstory related to her plane was the cutest. Her development with her plane was the most memorable to me as well.
    Kazusa- Mostly carried due to the fact that Junichi and her had the most interactions in the common route due to their living situation so them getting together quickly actually kinda made sense. Her development being centered around her insecurities was nice.
    Nahoko- As stated in her character writeup, I like the idea of her development in her route related to working herself hard to not knowing what she wanted to do and related to her and Junichi not being officially together right away. But... some parts were executed weirdly. Still enjoyed it.
    Mimari- Her route had arguably the most plot relevance in terms of characters involved in a way that felt like a true route. I personally wasn't a big fan of the typical running away from an arranged marriage trope being the main plot. It caused MImari herslef to not have room to develop in an interesting way outside using her Grandma's plane temporarily. Still was overall decent.

    Overall H-scene Rankings
    Kazusa > Mimari > Nahoko > Hikari
    Won't go into much detail besides Kazusa's were much better than everyone else's. If you wanna know more details just PM or @ me or something.

    Overall Plane Rankings
    A6M5 Type Zero Model 52 > Kyushu J7W Shinden > Spitfire LF mk.lXc > Ki-46 III Otsu + Hei > Ki-44 Shoki
    Zero- I like the specs and features of it the most. Also has the cutest relations to the plot/route.
    Shinden- Kinda unfair due to plot and MC relevance but can't beat that speed and firepower.
    Spitfire- Mostly for the plot/route relevance.
    Ki-46- Has an interesting design.
    Shoki- Least memorable.

    Characters I want a route of most Rankings
    Akane > Katou > Saiko > Haruka > who cares
    Akane- I usually like down to earth girls who have potential to be fun. Not sure where her development would be though.
    Katou- A very confident girl who would have interesting developments Id imagine.
    Saiko- Seems like the obvious choice but... she did have more of an obsession with machines and god what the fuck are those boobs size wise
    Haruka- She's nice and all but given when happens in Kazusa's I would feel bad.

    Favorite Song
    It's Counterattack Time! (Sadly not on YouTube at the moment, may have to fix that myself)

    Final Rating
    TDLR If you like slice of life feel good VNs and don't mind a touch of fighting plane action, recommend.
    7.5/10, rounds up to an 8.
     
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    Veshurik got a reaction from Dergonu in Love Cube English Release   
    Neko Work H (sub-brand of Neko Works) released their debut game - Love Cube - on Steam and Fakku.
    You can get all ages version for 10$ in Steam and also 18+ patch for 10$ (or buy from Fakku for 20$).

    Game size - 4.5Gb (adult patch) + 1.5Gb (all ages) = 6Gb
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    Veshurik reacted to Dreamysyu in AX 2019 Schedule and Announcements   
    I know this feeling. It looks interesting at first, and you buy it, but then you end up postponing reading it since you're reading something else, and after some time you're no longer interested, and it just ends up collecting dust in your backlog for many years to come.
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    Veshurik reacted to Stormwolf in Whats the name of this company?   
    Oner?
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    Veshurik reacted to Fred the Barber in What are you reading? Untranslated edition   
    For my first serious foray into reading untranslated stuff, I've been reading Koi-Kakeru Shin-Ai Kanojo for the past week or so. I've frankly been surprised at what an easy time I'm having getting through it; apparently years of osmosis through editing and the occasional grammar reading helped more than I realized.
    I like most of the heroines, though maybe not the main one, tbh, and I'm looking forward to seeing whatever ending the true route has that's made so many people angry over the years. The foreshadowing is interesting, and the first big hint at deeper problems lying under the surface immediately after they (finally) show the OP video set a pretty promising hook.
    The humor is great, and the writing is enjoyable even when the main character goes off on monologues talking about the definition of literature. The longest one of those so far brought back fond memories of a similar scene from Majo Koi—and it's almost shocking how many shared themes, topics, and just little quirks there are between the two. I guess Niijima Yuu really writes about Niijima Yuu-ish things. After this, I suppose I'll have to read HatsuSaku or Summer Pockets... though at this point I find it hard to imagine Niijima Yuu writing about any season but spring, so I imagine I'll find both of them a little odd.
    The music is nothing short of phenomenal. Mizutsuki Ryou has my undying devotion. My favorite track is probably Ayane's song, but honestly, all the music is so good that I get excited every time the BGM changes and I get to hear yet another beautiful song that I've somehow already grown nostalgic for.
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    Veshurik reacted to Mr Poltroon in AX 2019 Schedule and Announcements   
    Well, announcements are announced, so let's see how they look... The order in which they appear more or less reflects my interest in them.
    Excited:
    Interested:
    Indifferent:
    Won't Play:
     
    Now, let's do a counter for each publisher to see who had the most interesting stuff for me.
    So yeah, this was a good round of announcements! Good thing I'm part of the casual pleb audience that actually makes these publishers some monies.
    If you didn't like this convention then... sucks to be you!
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    Veshurik reacted to novurdim in AX 2019 Schedule and Announcements   
    I'm absolutely sure that Sol is having some financial difficulties but at the same time "one release in a month" is a fairly normal practice, it's not something extraordinary by itself. That's what MangaGamer is doing (or at least consistently tries to if there are no unexpected troubles) for the last couple of years.
    Sekai's Majokoi, 9-nine- ep. 2, Nanairo Reincarnation, Baldr Sky and Ley Line 2-3 are all currently set to release in the second half of 2019  
    While I did say that "one release in a month" is nothing extraordinary by itself, if everyone on the market were to suddenly use this schedule for half a year, it would surely look spectacular. But nah, I'm sure we have nothing to worry about. 
    I'm not an expert on the market but I don't believe it will collapse or anything. Sure, some will titles will probably underperform (they always do) but this market is so niche and passionate that I doubt that they will go deep under the red line plus steam will help to add sales over time, steam sales are often not front-loaded at all. Honestly, western eroge market is very weird, inconsistent and at times almost too random for analysis. You can have a big hit and then fail miserably with its sequel or a similar project. A lot rides on whether you can suddenly get under the spotlight (not even necessarily during the initial release) and saddle that wave to the good sales. Most titles don't and underperform from what I can gather, besides it's almost impossible to amass actually good sales without steam which is, again, not even necessarily a front-loaded platfrorm. I'm not sure if the success rate is going to be any different when we have a few times more VNs than usual, I'd argue that the overall ratio probably won't change much, those crumbs the industry mostly survives on will likely remain the same crumbs.
    Not to mention that I fully expect half of the releases to peacefully migrate into the 2020 as usual.
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    Veshurik reacted to Marcus in VN Collection Post   
    Let's revive this thread! I posted my collection in 2016, but here it is as of 2018. It'll probably be a while before I can take a photo again.  


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    Veshurik reacted to Fred the Barber in VN Collection Post   
    I already posted this over in the "Recent (Japanese) stuff you bought" thread, but here's my modest VN collection:
    Most of that is probably unreadable, and I'm way too lazy to take a bunch of close-up pictures, so here's the legend for the map:
    (top row, left to right)
    G-Senjou KonoSora Swan Song (hidden by camera angle) F/SN + F/HA Cross Channel MajiKoi Kanon Air Little Busters! Rewrite Angel Beats! 1st Beat first 3 Steampunk Series Symphonic Rain HoshiMemo Complete KoiChoco Grisaia (Sekai Project release collector's box - so it only has Fruit of Grisaia, at the moment) Ever17 White Album 2 Clannad (second row, left to right)
    Steins;Gate OST Grisaia OST Clannad OST Kanon OST Million Star single from Angel Beats! 1st Beat F/SN OST Comyu OST Symphonic Rain "Rainbow" vocal album To Heart 2 Comyu Like Derg, a fair number of my VN purchases are digital.
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    Veshurik got a reaction from yelsha57 in SakuraGames announced Midori no Umi   

     

     
    Wonderful. Just wonderful...
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    Veshurik got a reaction from yelsha57 in SakuraGames announced Midori no Umi   

     

     
    Wonderful. Just wonderful...
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    Veshurik got a reaction from Antera in Hello, Goodbye Steam Storepage Removed   
    Well, I just really don't understand, for what it's all about. For trolling the customers? Developers? Huh?..
    Oh my gosh, sometimes I just wanna buy the game from their site, even if it doesn't have regional prices, because they (Nekonyan) deserves it...
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    Veshurik reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Suki Suki aka If You Love Me Then Say So Released   
    It took me a while to realize this is different Suki Suki from the one NekoNyan is releasing next year... I will probably wait for that one. Which, btw, is in no way connected to the fact it has two separate incest routes.
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