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  1. Are you related to Kayuga? You have complementary profile pics, and I was wondering if I should follow you too. Oh, and where is the list of Global Moderators?

  2. Wow. I think I agree with everything you have said. Part of the reason why I was more concerned over the removal of H-scenes than you are is that I haven't played much Visual Novels before. Of the ten or so I have played, Saya no Uta and School Days HQ both had sex as a very critical part of the story. they were also very well written, and never used it as a crutch for the narrative. I was amazed that these stories could handle this topic in a mature way, so when I hear about censorship in gaming, I tend to be afraid that they are going to take a VN that is well written, and has figured out how to incorporate sex into it (consequences and all), and butcher it. I don't know how many games there are out there that actually use H-scenes properly, so I can be pretty paranoid about it. According to you guys though, they seem to choose censoring VN's that don't know how to properly integrate sex into its story. So I may not need to be as paranoid as I am. As long as another Song of Saya doesn't come out with half the game missing (because I like that game).
  3. I said that those who dislike H-scenes are most likely doing so because the culture they grew up in probably taught them to be less comfortable about sex. I said this because based on my limited understanding of the world, the information i gathered led me to conclude that. When I said this, I wasn't emotionally charged, and was not thinking of any of you in a condescending fashion. I simply attempted to infer how and why you guys hold the opinions you do, and based on that, made the most logical assumption I could. I may very well be wrong. I am not in any of your heads, and have no idea if I am right. I am completely fine with any of you holding a different stance on H-scenes, and if you feel my guess on why so many people don't like H-scenes is wrong, at least in relation to you, feel free to tell me. I honestly have no idea if I'm right or not. I can only guess. the reason why I wrote all that (yes, all of it), was because I wanted to solve this dilemma of mine by getting you to understand how I think of these scenes. Most H-scenes are badly written. I am not blind to that. Bizarrely, they actually do bring me closer to the characters, and I do end up enjoying the VN more. this is not because I am lonely, have no life, or simply think with my penis too much. I just think differently than most people. I guess I should change my question a little. If several random scenes were taken out of a game, them being your average character building *spending time with characters* schlick, would you pay for the game? i don't mean would I buy it, but would you, personally, and why.
  4. I recently have been trying to rate the VN's I have played. And I discovered that I really like Song of Saya. So much so that I believe it has been one of the best stories I have ever read in any medium. I gave it a 10/10, because I enjoyed it as much as I would enjoy a masterpiece (I don't think anything is perfect, nor do I think it is possible to rate an entertainment medium objectively, so I rate based on my enjoyment instead). What I discovered is that I also enjoyed Stiens;Gate just as much as Song of Saya, and think it's just as well written. I also enjoyed School Days HQ just as much, although for slightly different reasons, as it is not well written in the same way. All of these titles I want to give a 10/10, because I seem to have enjoyed them just as much in relation to each other, albeit in different ways. I think I will probably want to give Steins;Gate 0 is 10/10 rating as well, and this poses a problem. This means that I have given four VN's a 10/10, and VNDB says I should only ever give a maximum of three. Shit. I don't feel like I enjoyed them any less in relationship to each other, even if I enjoyed School Days for slightly different reasons. Rating them lower would means I enjoyed them less than Song of Saya. I need advice. I sure hope I'm using these forums appropriately.
  5. I lot of you are of the opinion that the censorship more or less doesn't matter because it doesn't impact the story at all. What especially stood out to me was the response "Basically, it's just porn" (Kurisu-Chan, 2). This is where my opinion differs from many of yours, and why I am so torn when the answers for others is so clear. To most people, the hentai scenes in these games is simply there for titillation, and adds no emotional impact to the story. The same thing could be accomplished through the use of a pornographic OVA on HentaiHaven. My opinion is very different from that, so before I say what I am thinking and why I believe that to be the case, I want you to understand that I am not insane. If any of you have ever played Steins;Gate, you'll get to a scene in the very beginning where Okabe buys his childhood friend a toy. From the way they interact, you immediately understand how close they are to each other. They are able to relay this feeling to you while maintaining the natural flow of the conversation so that it never feels forced. If they took this scene out of the visual novel, most people wouldn't be very happy. It is a small scene, less than 2 minutes, but has a huge impact when establishing the relationship the two characters have. Apply this to hentai scenes. I have never played a visual novel (that is not a nukige) where the hentai scenes had little to no impact on the emotional tone of the story. You can go to my VNDB page to see the visual novels I have played. Keep in mind, I am very comfortable talking about sex. I was able to go to my parents and blatantly ask them about sex, and how it worked, when I was a child. In the west, sex is a very uncomfortable topic. People feel very awkward talking about it, and it is treated as something that, although everyone thinks about it, nobody should admit to thinking about it. It is considered dirty and thought to be incapable of adding to the value of art. So far I have established that, for me, hentai scenes in fact do have a significant impact beyond mere titillation. I have only begun to explain why that is the case for me, and must do so, as my opinion is so outlandish to some that I do seem insane. I have watched hentai OVA's, porn, and played a few nukiges before. And I tend to get bored and don't usually finish (which is why I browse image sited for that sort of thing instead). Sex in real life, however, is unlike porn in the fact that is is heavily emotionally charged. We have sex with people we love, and it tends to come after the relationship buds and grows to a significant extent. What I am amazed by is how there are so few stories that capture sex this way. Porn cannot capture sex in this fashion, as relationships and meaningful sex takes time to grow. Visual novels, however, are the perfect fit for this. They tend to tell long-form stories, giving time to bring the reader and protagonist closer to the characters. Because these are not TV shows, they are not aired on TV and are able to be explicit about sex. This enables Visual Novels to show two people at one of their closest moments with each other. Visual novels are able to describe what characters feel during these close times, and can get infinitely more intimate because of this. Subtlety is important, but it is not the only way, not often the best way, to tell this type of scene. And this is why I think H-scenes are so awkward to many people, and why they seem so badly written. I argue that much of the reason these scenes feel so awkward to read is because people simply feel uncomfortable about sex. Admittedly, a lot of the time these scenes are simply placed into the story, and don't hold up to the narrative flow of the rest of the VN. But this doesn't mean that they can't have great emotional impact even when they are awkward. Sex in real life is awkward (the manga Futari Ecchi is a perfect fictional example of this). The sex scenes are censored in the west because they are thought to not add value to the story. This is a cultural thing, and reflects the way we think about sex. Many people feel as if the sex in the story brings no emotional impact to them, and I argue that this is because sex is inherently very intimate. In order to be affected by a sex scene, one needs to be very comfortable with the idea of sex and thinking about it intimately, as they are about to see to characters engage in it in a very intimate manner. If one is distracted by their own discomfort, they won't be affected by the intimacy the characters are feeling, and the emotional value of that scene will be lost upon that person. I do believe this is why so many people think of the sex scenes as simply porographic, when I do believe they are many times more, even when awkwardly written. Taking all of the above into context, if sex scenes do have a dense emotional impact relative to the story, would it still be worth buying them? Reading Nandemonai's post, this seems to be very much the way I view censorship. Thank you for posting.
  6. Sorry if this is in the wrong board, and too long, but I thought this was a serious enough question to warrant asking. I would like to ask you this: is buying and playing a commercially released censored title really worth it? Specifically the ones with no sort of patch for them? I was wondering this myself because I have not been able to bring myself to play the censored version of a visual novel, regardless if it is officially or fan translated. The thing is, when I pay for these games, I feel as if I am telling the companies they had a job well done. I feel as if I am rewarding them for censoring games. When it comes to what I, individually, can do about visual novel censorship, it is not very much. If a company releases a previously untranslated game censored only, with no option to play the original version, should I still pay for the game? Or would that tell the localization companies that I will buy their titles no matter what, so it doesn't matter what they do? What if the game is supposedly really good? Do I forgo ever playing it, opting for an incomplete experience? What are our thoughts? I just don't want to miss out on any good stories for because of unfounded logic. Edit: I am asking this because the only thing companies are obligated to care about is your money. Pay for a product, and they will consider their product successful. I am just wondering if I would be screwing myself over by paying for an incomplete title, or alternatively, if my fears are unfounded and I am just missing out on a mass of great titles. Also, I am fine with releasing an all-ages version of a title. I encourage that, since it broadens the audience of who can/is willing to play these games. What I dislike is when the original version isn't available, as this is limiting my freedom of choice and says that because some people will only/can only play this game censored, everybody must play it censored. This can be a scary prospect, especially considering something like ~80-90% of Visual Novels are Eroge.
  7. Wait, are you the creator of the website? If so, good job. Also, I know this is a very fine line I am walking here, but I felt it necessary to clarify your rules concerning loli (just understand, not debate them). As I understand it, one is not allowed to talk about the ethics of the subject, whether it is right or wrong. That is for another time and place where people aren't so strongly divided. As I also understand it, one is not allowed t post sexually explicit pictures on this site at all, but must post links to them with warnings that they are NSFW. I am assuming that this is the same for loli content as well. that is also a good idea. What is less clear is what we are allowed to discuss in connection to the term "loli." I am assuming w can't vividly describe any sexual scenario in any fashion, as that would be text porn. But am I allowed to discuss my favorite loli characters? Or fetishes? Not trying to push my luck, I just think it is really important to get out of the way, as I don't want to end up on the wrong side of a ban because I didn't understand the rules. Sorry if that gave me a bad first impression, but I felt that it was best to ask, as I like the character archetype and personally don't feel qualms saying so. Oh, and all of those visual novels are among my absolute favorites, except for Littlewitch Romanesque, which is very endearing for me, but not reaching the level of the others. Many of the characters didn't feel as fleshed out to me. the other ones were also a bit darker and more realistic (in a dark, gritty, "Last of Us" sort of way). And I loved the art style of NekoPara.
  8. Title says it all. I am new to posting on the internet, and can count on my hands the amount of times I have done so (in text). I do lurk quite a bit though, and have found myself coming back to this website as well as MAL time and time again. I don't exactly know what to say, as I am new to this, so I'll just spew out random non-inquiries. I have played a handful of visual novels, among them NekoPara, Say no Uta, Kara no Shoujo, School Days HQ, Steins;Gate, Imouto Paradise, and Littlewitch Romanesque. I greatly respect and follow the blogger and forum member known as Sanahtlig for his reasoning and argumentative skills and for his tempered attitude. I ran out of things to list (and need to sleep). I do have one question though. what exactly are the ranks for? I assume they are related to the amount of posts you post. Is it a linear progression, aka you just receive a title? Or do you have a selection to choose from? I am currently a newbie, and I know there is a "Loli Protector" and "Philosopher" and a bunch others. I want one. Can I be Jesus (joking please don't kill me)? Oh, and if anybody is a jerk in this thread, just be so incredibly nice to them they die of giggles. *I don't know if I am speaking too informally or too friendly to you guys. I don't usually post, so cut me an unreasonably large amount of slack*