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    Tay got a reaction from Hikoboshi in Visual Novel Multiplayer—Game Night   
    Speaking only for me: I'm fine with Australia time, as my work keeps me up late. I'm in the US, so anything in the middle is even less than no problem.

    InvertMouse's idea is, as always, a great solution as well.
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    Tay got a reaction from okami55 in How did everyone spend their Halloween?   




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    Tay got a reaction from okami55 in Tay's Thoughts on Fuwanovel - October 2012   
    There's something about Fuwanovel that makes me want to blog. Often, while browsing the forums or playing Clannad for the first time, I feel like chronicling the games I'm playing and my thoughts about the site and community. This post is something of a personal journal entry, and exists to share some of my thoughts about fuwanovel.





    What is Fuwanovel (to me)?
    Fuwanovel is a website which celebrates the medium, culture, quirkiness and depth of Visual Novels. The mission of Fuwanovel is to make Visual Novels accessible to everybody, and to ultimately foster their production and distribution. It's also an attempt to create a new community and gathering place for VN fans where enthusiasm and respect replaces the toxic and despotic cultures of some other VN communities.





    Why did I choose Fuwanovel?
    There are several VN communities whhich I respect and actively follow, but the majority of my VN time is dedicated to Fuwanovel. I chose Fuwanovel for four reasons:

    The Fuwanovel forums and community were respectful, friendly, and helpful. People were actually nice to each other on the forums; Aaeru wasn't/isn't doing this for her own ego; Making VN games as accessible as possible is, in my view, the right path to making them popular; Fuwanovel was changing and becoming something new.




    In what way has Fuwanovel changed?
    For those who have belonged to the VN community for a long time, Fuwanovel was often associated with Aaeru's research on copyright reform (see her Sharing is Liberty blog). Today, those that speak ill of fuwanovel never fail to obsess over that fact. After spending dozens of hours on the forum, working behind the scenes on the site, and spending a lot of time talking with/coming to understand Aaeru a little better, I'm prepared to declare the sum of my experience: Fuwanovel is bigger than any one person now. Fuwanovel is bigger than Aaeru, it's bigger than a single game, and it's bigger than the sum of its forum posts. Fuwanovel is about Visual Novels and their distribution (see my first point). I joined Fuwanovel because I saw the start of this shift, and have now seen it through to near-completion. It's a great thing, and it's allowed a unique and positive community to grow.





    My reaction to Fuwanovel's biggest criticism: Distributing Pre-patched Games, And My Ultimate Goal for VNs
    (Aaeru has written her own perspective on this topic, and it's found on this FAQ page) If you look through the game torrents on this site, you'll see that several English patches specifically request that they not be bundled with the corresponding Japanese games, or be distributed as a complete unit. Fuwanovel has clearly chosen to disregard these requests. Our games come pre-patched and bundled into handy self-extracting RAR folders. While some will disagree with what follows, I think everybody can agree that pre-patched game distribution makes playing a VN *VERY* easy, and usually requires no installation or installation tutorials.

    Aaeru believes that it is hypocritical for a translator to determine rights of use when they themselves essentially pirated and/or hacked the original games. I also agree with Aaeru in that translators, by distributing patches, put their work out into the vast reaches of the public internet, and no longer have control over its use.

    Yet, the true reason I support Fuwanovel's distribution ideology has to do with my understanding of Fuwanovel's core: "The mission of Fuwanovel is to make Visual Novels accessible to everybody, and to ultimately foster their production and distribution." I want Visual Novels to catch on in the West. I want Western VNs to evolve into their own style. I want those future Western VNs to combine and hybridize with Japanese VNs and create new art and new dimensions for the medium. In short, I want this "Visual Novel Thing" to catch on. And because I want it to catch on, I want to make it as easy as possible for people to try out these games.

    After all, when you compare the process of finding a Japanese torrent, downloading and following (often-poorly-written) English Patch installation instructions, and then troubleshooting errors based on your system with Fuwanovel's download, unzip, play method... there really isn't a question that Fuwanovel makes VNs easier to try out. And that, friends, is where all of this has to start.
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    Tay reacted to REtransInternational in Fuwanovel Mascot Proposal   
    There's an old saying along the lines of "sometimes you don't have to make the elephant dance well, you just have to make it dance."
    In some ways Fuwanovel is about getting an elephant to fly... even if not very well
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    Tay got a reaction from okami55 in Mass Effect 3 Broke My Heart and now I want to talk about it (Spoilers!)   
    I've been debating whether or not to post about this here on Fuwanovel... but, as you can see, ultimately I decided I'd give it a try.

    Has anybody else played/beaten Mass Effect 3? Anybody willing to talk about it?

    I haven't been as invested and heartbroken and amazed and sad in a game (excepting VNs!) as I was in ME3. Not in years. I loved the ending, but tonight as I hopped on to play a bit, I felt the heartbreak all over again.
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    Tay got a reaction from Hikoboshi in Fuwanovel Mascot Proposal   


    Behold! The Henyuu!





    Henyuu: The death throes of some Tasmanian devil


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    Tay got a reaction from Hikoboshi in Fuwanovel Mascot Proposal   


    Behold! The Henyuu!





    Henyuu: The death throes of some Tasmanian devil


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    Tay got a reaction from Majaraja in Inventory of Fuwanovel's VNs   
    EDIT: I will use this top post as a placeholder for the latest versions of the inventory. You can always click the image below to get the latest and greatest inventory .pdf update.

    (Image Deleted) 



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    Tay got a reaction from okami55 in Tay's Thoughts on Fuwanovel - October 2012   
    There's something about Fuwanovel that makes me want to blog. Often, while browsing the forums or playing Clannad for the first time, I feel like chronicling the games I'm playing and my thoughts about the site and community. This post is something of a personal journal entry, and exists to share some of my thoughts about fuwanovel.





    What is Fuwanovel (to me)?
    Fuwanovel is a website which celebrates the medium, culture, quirkiness and depth of Visual Novels. The mission of Fuwanovel is to make Visual Novels accessible to everybody, and to ultimately foster their production and distribution. It's also an attempt to create a new community and gathering place for VN fans where enthusiasm and respect replaces the toxic and despotic cultures of some other VN communities.





    Why did I choose Fuwanovel?
    There are several VN communities whhich I respect and actively follow, but the majority of my VN time is dedicated to Fuwanovel. I chose Fuwanovel for four reasons:

    The Fuwanovel forums and community were respectful, friendly, and helpful. People were actually nice to each other on the forums; Aaeru wasn't/isn't doing this for her own ego; Making VN games as accessible as possible is, in my view, the right path to making them popular; Fuwanovel was changing and becoming something new.




    In what way has Fuwanovel changed?
    For those who have belonged to the VN community for a long time, Fuwanovel was often associated with Aaeru's research on copyright reform (see her Sharing is Liberty blog). Today, those that speak ill of fuwanovel never fail to obsess over that fact. After spending dozens of hours on the forum, working behind the scenes on the site, and spending a lot of time talking with/coming to understand Aaeru a little better, I'm prepared to declare the sum of my experience: Fuwanovel is bigger than any one person now. Fuwanovel is bigger than Aaeru, it's bigger than a single game, and it's bigger than the sum of its forum posts. Fuwanovel is about Visual Novels and their distribution (see my first point). I joined Fuwanovel because I saw the start of this shift, and have now seen it through to near-completion. It's a great thing, and it's allowed a unique and positive community to grow.





    My reaction to Fuwanovel's biggest criticism: Distributing Pre-patched Games, And My Ultimate Goal for VNs
    (Aaeru has written her own perspective on this topic, and it's found on this FAQ page) If you look through the game torrents on this site, you'll see that several English patches specifically request that they not be bundled with the corresponding Japanese games, or be distributed as a complete unit. Fuwanovel has clearly chosen to disregard these requests. Our games come pre-patched and bundled into handy self-extracting RAR folders. While some will disagree with what follows, I think everybody can agree that pre-patched game distribution makes playing a VN *VERY* easy, and usually requires no installation or installation tutorials.

    Aaeru believes that it is hypocritical for a translator to determine rights of use when they themselves essentially pirated and/or hacked the original games. I also agree with Aaeru in that translators, by distributing patches, put their work out into the vast reaches of the public internet, and no longer have control over its use.

    Yet, the true reason I support Fuwanovel's distribution ideology has to do with my understanding of Fuwanovel's core: "The mission of Fuwanovel is to make Visual Novels accessible to everybody, and to ultimately foster their production and distribution." I want Visual Novels to catch on in the West. I want Western VNs to evolve into their own style. I want those future Western VNs to combine and hybridize with Japanese VNs and create new art and new dimensions for the medium. In short, I want this "Visual Novel Thing" to catch on. And because I want it to catch on, I want to make it as easy as possible for people to try out these games.

    After all, when you compare the process of finding a Japanese torrent, downloading and following (often-poorly-written) English Patch installation instructions, and then troubleshooting errors based on your system with Fuwanovel's download, unzip, play method... there really isn't a question that Fuwanovel makes VNs easier to try out. And that, friends, is where all of this has to start.
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    Tay reacted to harry_kinomoto in The one VN you want...   
    harry_kinomoto's very brief idiot's guide to creating a balls-to-the-walls awesome VN that will go down in HISTORY as a classic that changed the world


    Guiding principles:

    A desire to create something beautiful.
    A desire to create something wonderful.
    A desire to create something perfect.
    A complete and utter disregard for everything else.



    Suggested ways to go about doing this:

    Creativity: as long as undertaken in the pursuit of the abovementioned.
    A team of people who will talk to each other about the abovementioned.
    A team of people who will listen to each others' ideas about the abovementioned.
    A team of people who will work on each others' ideas about the abovementioned.
    In other words: lots and lots and lots of love, tolerance and [pink]encouragement[/pink]. Pink colours optional.



    Possible results of implementing the abovementioned (adapted somewhat from here):

    A protagonist that isn't a blank slate.
    A storyline that doesn't JUST focus on fappability.
    More animated scenes.
    More than one "true end".
    Writing that doesn't rely so much on cultural references as it does fundamental human values everyone will recognise....
    ...but paradoxically, something that most people will not understand or "get", and thus...
    A team who will be trolled to their graves for creating an absolute abomination; only to be recognised for their wisdom 50 years after their death.




    tl;dr: a VN that is in the true sense of the word "ideal", does not exist at present,.
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    Tay got a reaction from okami55 in six day old introduction   
    Hey! Welcome!

    So... I'm still deciding whether or not we can be friends. See, Katawa Shoujo is, like, the be-all and end-all VN for me (it was my first VN). Lilly was my first route, and it simultaneously broke and mended my heart while blowing my socks off and leaving me breathless. Leaving such a... perfect gem... for last is either a great, great evil, or it's "Save the Best for Last." I hope it's the latter, for your sake, commander .

    I joke, but seriously, welcome! Was Hanako your 1st or 2nd route?


    PS: I've seen a LOT of avatars over the years, yet there's something about yours that gives me the jitters. lol
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    Tay got a reaction from meru in H-Scenes. Really necessary?   
    A Note Before Reading: I realize this isn't a topic to take lightly, but I'm interested in hearing other people's viewpoints on the subject. Historically they're a major part of the medium, and so I feel they're worthy of some discussion.
    *********

    I'm not a fan of H-Scenes. I love VNs too much to give them up, but when *those* scenes come up I generally click through at high speeds, looking away kind of awkwardly. (Now, I realize that there are two types of H-Scenes: ones intended to be "tasteful", and others in games which are blatantly sex-oriented. All of my comments are directed to the former, as the latter are... well... they are what they are.)

    Is it because I'm "afraid" of sex or sensuality? No way. I'm happily married and therefore have a healthy context to this stuff. Rather, I feel like H-scenes cheapen the VN experience. I understand that these scenes can represent a culmination of romance between two characters, but I don't understand why they have to be so graphic.

    I feel like these scenes are included in VNs for the same reason they're included in most AAA movies: the obligate sex-appeal to be used for advertising.



    That's the short version of my opinion, more or less. I'm interested in hearing what others think. Again, I realize this isn't the easiest topic to discuss, but I'm interested in sounding out.
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    Tay got a reaction from okami55 in What are you playing?   

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Katawa Shoujo Supa Numba 1 Ramen VN! Lilly forever, baby!
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    Tay reacted to TheWingless in One of her wings is named Belle...?   
    I would like to have Belle back now. kthx
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    Tay reacted to Guest in H-Scenes. Really necessary?   

    lol No special reason.

    I don't really agree when people tell me to be more egotistic, have one thing and then just run with it and defend it no-matter-the-costs. That's the MAN's way of doing it! (apparently).
    I don't want to do that at all, it feels so out-of-character for me.

    All I know is that if people have better ideas they should destroy mine. Slaughter mine. In the end it's the ideas that win. Whoever has the best idea we use those ideas. Not the ego. and not personal pride.

    This is the anti-thesis of the current community: It's humility.

    Im honestly not interested in using a bad idea if a better idea exists out there. That will be really screwed up. I don't have a monopoly on truth. I want people to teach me things. I want people to lead me. Most people in the previous community are incapable of that. That's why I think they are so disgusting, as men.
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    Tay got a reaction from meru in H-Scenes. Really necessary?   
    A Note Before Reading: I realize this isn't a topic to take lightly, but I'm interested in hearing other people's viewpoints on the subject. Historically they're a major part of the medium, and so I feel they're worthy of some discussion.
    *********

    I'm not a fan of H-Scenes. I love VNs too much to give them up, but when *those* scenes come up I generally click through at high speeds, looking away kind of awkwardly. (Now, I realize that there are two types of H-Scenes: ones intended to be "tasteful", and others in games which are blatantly sex-oriented. All of my comments are directed to the former, as the latter are... well... they are what they are.)

    Is it because I'm "afraid" of sex or sensuality? No way. I'm happily married and therefore have a healthy context to this stuff. Rather, I feel like H-scenes cheapen the VN experience. I understand that these scenes can represent a culmination of romance between two characters, but I don't understand why they have to be so graphic.

    I feel like these scenes are included in VNs for the same reason they're included in most AAA movies: the obligate sex-appeal to be used for advertising.



    That's the short version of my opinion, more or less. I'm interested in hearing what others think. Again, I realize this isn't the easiest topic to discuss, but I'm interested in sounding out.
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    Tay got a reaction from dfallengod in Project: (VIDEO) What Are Visual Novels   
    Hello all,

    I need your help! I'm putting together a video introduction to visual novels for the site's FAQ page and want to pool our brain cells. Please take 3 minutes and answer a few questions.

    Thanks a ton!
    Tay

    * * * * *
    * * * * *

    In your own words, what is a visual novel?


    What makes you love VNs?


    Name one favorite song from a VN:


    Can you think of a moment in a VN-to-Anime where the anime perfectly effectively mirrored or embodied the novel?



    If you have any additional comments about what you'd like to see or would suggest be added to a "What are visual novels?" youtube video, please add those comments below.
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    Tay got a reaction from Majaraja in Inventory of Fuwanovel's VNs   
    EDIT: I will use this top post as a placeholder for the latest versions of the inventory. You can always click the image below to get the latest and greatest inventory .pdf update.

    (Image Deleted) 



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    Tay reacted to Tay in Reporting for Duty!   
    PS: I've downloaded all the VNs on the site as of last night and am currently checking them on Win 7. I don't have a mac or linux, but I can at least verify they work for windows.

    PPS: Also, the torrents downloaded with crazy speed and only one or two seeds! How did you set them up to download so fast?
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    Tay got a reaction from Nksn in ハロ~! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ   
    Nksn, thank you for fixing the system! Works like a charm
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