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  1. lol, I wouldn't worry too much about it. The OP is certainly pouring on the hyperbole. There wasn't a PC (as in personal computer, not as the term is used these days) in 1965 that could play VNs. I've read plenty of novels with bad characterization. Not entirely fair to cherry pick one aspect and call the whole genre NG.
  2. I'm not sure I totally got what you were trying to say... Basically you're saying that despite any flaws characters in many EVNs are closer to Gary Stu's/Mary Janes than you'd like? That while the stories may be well written it's hard to identify with the characters at the end of the day? Does that basically surmise what you mean? I can't really comment on that directly because I've hardly played any EVNs but if I had to guess it's simply a difference in culture between east and west? Or more specifically the targeted consumers. Japanese VNs cater to otaku and a lot of them are so called
  3. Well certainly a company has to make money. Not to mention paying wages and having cash flow as to avoid becoming a victim of interest rates. I wasn't faulting them for making a profit. If the market of collectors will bear it then it hardly matters. Everyone defines value differently. Personally I'd rather have functionally adequate packaging rather than how fancy it is. But as I think I alluded to before I'm not a collector so that doesn't mean much. My default thought when I see extravagant packaging is - "I paid for this thing that's just going in the trash..." But again that's different w
  4. You could also call them tropes. lol. Aren't you saying the same thing I just did? Well I suppose I didn't explicitly state that otaku were ok with it but I implied it. Well time will tell how I feel about this VN.
  5. I've sometimes wondered how easy it is to be a comedian in Japan. If slice of life Japanese fiction is any indication you could keep doing the same material... mostly. Seriously though the situational humor seems to be rehashed quite a bit. Thankfully it's not always the case. Though I admit I've been known to forgive this when I like the characters.
  6. I suppose there's that. Hindsight being 20/20. The expectation - "Surely it's not that bad and there'll be a twist?" Though it's honestly rare for a story to catch me off guard so expecting it to is wishful thinking. Oh well, damned if you do, damned if you don't. I guess in a way I should be glad for characters I absolutely hate. At least then I have a definite reason to not stick with the route.
  7. There's always skipping thru it suppose. I wonder why I don't do that myself? Must be a M.
  8. Eh? Isn't that kinda contrary to your stance on collecting them all?? Well not that we aren't all contrary at times when it comes to tastes. Personally it sometimes just comes down to timing. Like I can't read slice of life heavy stories/games one after another. I will literally want to gouge out my eyes. Gotta mix it up.
  9. I was joking, but I see your point. Routes not games. In that case I kinda agree with Nier insomuch that I feel disappointment if I don't enjoy the majority of the routes. Or at least don't outright dislike most of them. Personally I'm not so much about completion than seeing all the content. Which turns into a slog if I'm not enjoying it. The difference being I'll drop a game. I realize I'm not always going to like every route, but I feel like I should at least enjoy the experience as a whole.
  10. Well, if you aren't trashing your own wallet "collecting them all" then you must be of the Team Rocket mentality.
  11. Well, I'm not trying to trample on anyones hobby of collecting boxed games. I just can't help think that there is a slight disconnect between the perceived value and the actual one. But that's true of all things deemed collectible, right?
  12. I wonder if the cost difference is really that much in this day and age? If it's something that can be mass produced overseas then the greatest cost is probably just designing the thing. Certainly there would be a difference but I'm thinking it's not in the 10's of dollars range? Dunno. Though the problem might ultimately be the volume. If they aren't making enough to fill a few shipping containers the cost per unit might go up significantly. Not that I know. Just my gut feeling after seeing some of the needlessly complex packaging PC parts sometimes come in. Either there really isn't muc
  13. I voted last time but didn't end up joining because I was being a cheapskate (was going to grab it on sale but dithered because of my back log). This time I actually have Koisuru and would be willing to grab chrono clock. Not to mention everlasting is free iirc? At any rate I'm leaning towards the former two but can't really decide. I'll think on it before I vote.
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