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Dreamysyu

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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Thank you all for coming along for this ride! (Indefinite Hiatus)   
    Well, it's a bit sad that you're stopping doing the blog, but it's totally understandable. Your blog was one of the most enjoyable ones I've been following on this site, and there were quite a few VNs that I found pretty interesting and added to my backlog. By the way, I'm still yet to play Heart of the Woods, but I have really high expectations for it.
    Well, in the end, thank you for everything you wrote here! Can't really talk for everyone, but you did manage to change my personal perceptions of EVNs a bit. I think, before you started talking about them, the most common thing I heard about them was that they are mostly pretty low quality and mostly aren't worth playing, but now I know that there are plenty of ones that I should probably check out eventually, as long as I don't drop VNs entirely.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Jardic47 in Writing and VNs: Life's struggle.   
    You'll find your way back some day. I got into writing because my mind goes so rampant due to my autism and I felt like it would help me expand my horizons a little bit. I lost my way when I started working and when i lost my job, I came back to writing because I was depressed about it. Eventually, you will find your way back to your favorite hobbies somehow.
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Jardic47 in Writing and VNs: Life's struggle.   
    This reminds me, I myself was kind of into writing when I was in high-school. I was really bad at first, got a bit better after a few novels. Though I recently found one of the novels I wrote back then, and it was still pretty awful. But then the uni started, and I started having a lot less free time, so I eventually just stopped. Ever since then I never really got motivation to sit down and actually write something. Probably never will. I still liked making up stories in my head without actually writing them on paper, but a few years ago I stopped doing even that. Though, who knows, just a couple of days ago a had an idea of a story (which, incidentally, is a lot more openly weebish than anything I imagined before), so who knows, maybe I'll get anywhere with it.
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Chronopolis in Writing and VNs: Life's struggle.   
    This reminds me, I myself was kind of into writing when I was in high-school. I was really bad at first, got a bit better after a few novels. Though I recently found one of the novels I wrote back then, and it was still pretty awful. But then the uni started, and I started having a lot less free time, so I eventually just stopped. Ever since then I never really got motivation to sit down and actually write something. Probably never will. I still liked making up stories in my head without actually writing them on paper, but a few years ago I stopped doing even that. Though, who knows, just a couple of days ago a had an idea of a story (which, incidentally, is a lot more openly weebish than anything I imagined before), so who knows, maybe I'll get anywhere with it.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to alpacaman in The Grisaia Series is Kind of Genius   
    I felt like the things you criticise about the sequels (which I haven't read) are already visible in the original. The girls all being in love with Yuuji and his cum/superpowers healing their mental wounds and so on. That there is no harem route in the original doesn't mean there is ever any doubt that he is the harem master.
    Grisaia isn't as much a subversion of anime/eroge tropes but rather a darker and edgier iteration. I don't buy that it's supposed to be a parody of certain clichés, as their overexaggeration rarely ever says anything about them. Yumiko trying to kill Yuuji does nothing to expose inherent problems with the "unapproachable heroine" trope or how it's typically handled through way of comedy, it just takes said trope and turns it up to eleven.
    If anything I'd say Grisaia imo actually takes the whole eroge formula to its cynical conclusion. There are the incapable heroines, only this time they are total emotional wrecks. The self-insert protagonist is the only one capable of solving their problems, only in Grisaia he is a super soldier because because the development team realised that a high proportion of the target audience reads these stories to play out a certain kind of power fantasy and Yuuji embodies this completely. 
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Palas in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    I suppose even an infinite stomach needs a diversified diet.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Clephas in The Function of Ellipses in VNs   
    I am a prolific abuser of ellipses myself.  I abuse them because... well, it is so easy to use them as a means of expression.  Emotion, humor, hesitation, etc.  These things can all be expressed in a wall of text to indicate the state of the writer's thoughts using an ellipses.
    They are just so darned convenient.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Clephas in Princess Frontier [AXL]   
    Princess Frontier created one of AXL's signature styles, the high fantasy SOL VN.  They have since created a number of such games, all of which have been fun reads.  The funny thing is, no one else is doing this, which strikes me as odd sometimes when I let myself think about it.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Visual Novels are a Hot Medium   
    That is a completely different definition from the one Zalor presented though, touching on a seperate issue. It kind of makes both claims true... But when it goes to the mode of engagement, I'm definitely with Zalor on this. In my experience, reading VNs is close to reading a novel or watching an engaging show, when it goes to mental effort. I can watch YouTube or play traditional PC games for hours/days on end, but VNs are way more emotionally stimulating and I need proper mood and mental energy to tackle them.
    ...and that's why also get burned out on them and anime pretty regularly, even though I still consider those my favourite forms of entertainment. :C
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Mizuchi 白蛇心傳 (Yuri VN Review)   
    Looks interesting. Wishlisted.
    Thank you for the review!
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Clephas in The rules of a Good Trap Protagonist game   
    Voiced protagonist is obvious.  It shouldn't even need mentioning that having the protagonist voiced is a universal plus.  By definition, point 2 is a quality that allows a protagonist to be 'not just another worthless non-person protagonist', so again, a plus.   In my opinion, if the heroines are voiced in ANY VN, the protagonist should also be voiced... but if you like your protagonist to be a non-person cipher with no personality, that's your business.  
    Point 3 is purely personal tastes, I'll admit openly.  However, it is a commonality to all good trap protag charage.  Probably because most ojousama protagonists in JVNs tend to fall into the yurufuwa (think sweet-mannered airhead), arrogant (often combined with tsundere elements, for some reason), or elegant archetypes, all of which are good archetypes for creating atmosphere.  
    Point 4... completely glossing over the drama of a cross-dressing revelation stretches suspension of disbelief by definition, even beyond that of a cross-dressing guy infiltrating a girls' school.  While no one seriously thinks any of this is realistic, suspension of disbelief for the purpose of enjoyment is a necessary process to enjoy most fiction.  Oh, I'm not talking about drama on the level of Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou's normal/bad end, but rather the kind of drama where there is real tension on one or both sides of the equation.  In my experience, when all or a majority of the heroines sort of just blink and say 'that's fine' without even thinking about it, it is a serious mood-killer.
    5.  This is just a common comedic point that creates internal laughs for fans of the genre... and having built-in jokes is always nice.  
    In the end, points 1, 2, and 4 contribute the most to the quality of the works in question.  3 and 5, as you mentioned, are mostly matters of taste and commonality.  
    Well, if you actually wanted an answer, there is your answer.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Ramaladni in The rules of a Good Trap Protagonist game   
    I don't think these are rules so much as commonalities... You fail to mention why any of this makes the games good to begin with.
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Fallstreak (Free VN Review)   
    Looks pretty interesting, added it to my wishlist. Thank you for the review.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Plk_Lesiak in The nature of an infodump   
    Well, of course a prologue wouldn't work in a mystery horror story, but that's not what I was talking about. It's particularly meaningful for high-concept fantasy and sci-fi world that can be confusing to the player if it's not explained properly. Giving just enough context to make it comprehensible at the beginning, and minimize the need for infodumps when the action picks up pace is pretty optimal. In the case of your story, I simply think it could've done with a lot less info in general. I'd like it more being vague than just explaining the lore this way.
    That is a good point, but if you think of it as another method of "scattering" the infodumps to keep the complexity of the world without creating the walls of info in the middle of the story it should still be worth it. I also don't like encyclopedias if they contain information actually crucial to understanding the story – as you said, it can be cool for fleshing out your world, but it can't be a primary method.
    ...I might also be speaking from one specific trauma of an EVN with a world that was pretty much incomprehensible because of lack of proper exposition, and with encyclopedia which created more questions than it answered. A good prologue could've done miracles for that game.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to alpacaman in The nature of an infodump   
    I think infodumps at the beginning are rarely employed because there is no in-story-conflict yet readers can connect it to. At least to me they feel more like homework than useful information most of the time and I tend to get bored before the actual story even begins.
    A way of infodumping that's rather unique to VNs that can be rather effective is adding opportunities for expositioning outside of the actual story. For example an encyclopedia can be a good way of explaining things characters in-universe wouldn't talk about normally without taking you out of the story for too long. 428 utilizes this feature brilliantly, adding funny side stories to its exposition and even secretly setting up plot devices. VA-11 also has an approach I really like where you read news stories and internet boards inbetween story-sections (although admittedly it's used more for world building than infodumping).
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Clephas in Clephas' Favorite VNs: Otome ga Tsumugu Koi no Canvas part 1   
    The best trap protags are of that type... though there are a few that make a good pass as 'predators in skirts' types (Ojousama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu).  Mizuki in this one and Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou's protag are the best outright.  It really is too bad that Otome no Sahou's sequel based off the Luna ending (protagonist is submissive version) sucked so badly.  The cross-dressing son started out really well, but the heroine routes ruined things, because his personality changed the second the routes started.  There are also weren't any really stand-out heroines.
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from MaggieROBOT in A second chance for Taisho x Alice!!!   
    Yeah, I'm not even sure why, but I'm really interested in this one! I'm definitely going to check it out eventually, I'm just not sure when exactly.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to onorub in Thoughts on Tokyo Babel (a summary after my fifth playthrough)   
    As someone who thought Tokyo Babel was good but not great, my biggest complaint is that the prologue had this amazing atmosphere leading up to the fight while the rest of the VN just felt like regular chuunige stuff.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Looking Back On YMK: A Drug That Makes You Dream   
    Reading this kind of stuff always makes me realize what a weirdo I am. I never saw school as oppressive. I'm still very fond of pretty much every bit of "useless knowledge I've gathered there and was too oblivious to most things around me to even stress out about my outsider's status. Maybe also because I never experienced negative parts of school life beyond mild teasing.
    But I'm also the kind of person to whom rebelling against their circumstances is pretty foreign concept. Or rather, it took something extremely f***** up for me to actually act out. School was comforting. Clear rules, clear goals, clear future. I could stay in such system forever. You get a lot of "freedom" when you get out of it, but I feel it serves l best for people that have the energy to conquer the world. I have yet to find any use for it.
    So, if I read this VN, I find it quite likely I would feel nothing. I wonder how many people like me are there.. 
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator (Free VN Review)   
    Sounds like a masterpiece, indeed.
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Sakura MMO Trilogy (Yuri VN Review)   
    Well, the LN/manga I mentioned is the only one with a somewhat similar premise that I'm aware of, but I'm not surprised if this is really a pretty common trope. Isekais quite often rely on reusing ideas from the earlier works over and over again, to the point that often nobody even knows who came up with that idea originally. On the other hand, many authors still manage to make creative and/or genuinely well written works using these tropes. This game is most likely neither of these.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Dergonu in The Coach, the Goat, and Matters of the Censorship Review   
    Reborn as a censored goat in another world.
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Sakura Brothel Review   
    Sooner or later it'll happen for real. 
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    Dreamysyu reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Heart of the Woods (Yuri VN Review)   
    I strongly believe there's never a need to hurry when it goes to games and VNs, but yeah, I think this one is worth checking out at some point, for anyone that's not fully against yuri and slight LGBT drama. The core story and characters are just THAT GOOD.
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    Dreamysyu got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Heart of the Woods (Yuri VN Review)   
    You know, the way you describe it, it sounds very interesting. I think, it sounds like the type of story I tend to enjoy quite a lot. Right now I'm trying (and kind of failing ) to prioritize my backlog over getting new VNs to play, but, I guess, I'll take notice of this VN and probably buy it at some point in the future when I feel like it.
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