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  1. Story-driven VN

    Root Double has some pacing issues but it's full of plot twists and bad endings.
  2. What are you listening to right now?

    I recently discovered City Pop, the music genre of the Japanese economic boom in the late 70s and 80s. It's a fascinating mix of disco, funk, jazz fusion, soul and synth pop. I chose this particular song because it's the earliest mention of the phrase "Tuturu" I know.
  3. Sony New Censorship Of Everything

    That's why I said I'm guessing. I'm not blameing anyone for Sony's changes in policy. Sony executives probably wouldn't have made this choice if they didn't think it would benefit the company financially in the long term.
  4. Sony New Censorship Of Everything

    That's true, it's just a sub-discussion that came up when somebody asked why violence and sexual content are treated so differently. Nobody except the executives can say for sure. My guess would be that banning sexual content makes it easier to reach into growing markets like China that have pretty strict censorship laws. The Japanese market is probably shrinking considering Japan's economic and demographic development and in other parts of the world the share of potential customers you scare away from buying your consoles buy announcing you don't allow bare breasts on your platforms anymore should be pretty small.
  5. Sony New Censorship Of Everything

    Of course most companies aren't religious. They still have to appeal to local sensitivities and try to avoid public outcries since both affect their image and sales.
  6. Happy Halloween

    I watched my favourite football club grind an undeserved victory after penalties against a lower division team today. I've had my share of horror for the day.
  7. Sony New Censorship Of Everything

    You're right. Societal norms would be the more fitting term. Facebook, PayPal and so on have similar terms of service despite US laws not forcing them to. I guess it's a mix of them being scared of conservative lobby groups protesting and also not wanting to censor stuff individually for countries where certain content actually is illegal since it's too much work.
  8. Sony New Censorship Of Everything

    I think it's more about traditions in Christian countries than about what the Bible says (I don't know how it is in other religions). Being opposed to free sexuality originally comes from it being an effective protection against diseases and many religions just put their spiritual justification on top of that later on, often leading to a dynamic that became more and more repressive. There just isn't a similar tradition with violence. You could even say that violence served as a means to show your manlihood despite restrictive sexual morals and many countries have an affinity to violence ingrained in their national folklore, especially the USA with its Revolutionary War and Civil War, the Wild West and so on. And with the USA still being the most important market for any kind of media it's logical that producers try to comply with US laws first.
  9. Umineko uses the episodic format very well imo, but it's probably true that most releases probably don't. The important thing for a good episodic VN is that each episode tells a complete story while adding to the overarching plot. Just introducing the setting and characters and then having a cliffhanger at the end is something you don't want to read let alone pay for when you know you have to wait several months for the next bit of the story.
  10. What are you playing?

    I finished Umineko episode 3 and Battler describes just how I feel about the plot ("Dammit! More weird things are happening!") and the mystery ("...I...I-I don't have a clue what's going on anymore...!"). In other words, the whole VN is amazing. I know they are completely different but somehow Umineko constantly reminds me of Twin Peaks in the way everything is always kept kind of vague and further obscured by tons of weird stuff happening that probably adds nothing to solving the mystery but is very entertaining nonetheless. I also picked up some Kate Bush vibes but maybe that's just because the OP sounds a lot like her music. I still have a few thoughts on what's happening:
  11. Umineko

    You need to buy Umineko anyway, so I would suggest trying the first chapter the first episode the way Mangagamer released it. The real mysteries and character development don't start until later so you still can pick the patch when it's completed. I would argue that in Umineko the soundtrack is so present that you don't really need voice acting. It's similar to The House in Fata Morgana in that regard (although most tracks are instrumentals).
  12. Umineko

    The patch adds voice acting, a polished UI and edits a few parts of the translation as well, as far as I know. The PC release obviously is inferior to the PS3 release, but imo it's not something worth waiting for as it's still completely serviceable.
  13. According to the stats from the TL-homepage Coda has 24.5k lines of text comparing to 10.8k in Opening Chapter and 35.3k in Closing Chapter.
  14. Yandere

    Hatoful Boyfriend has a Yandere character who is pretty important for the "true route". His methods are rather drastic, but the VN itself is not graphic. I don't know if you're in the mood for dating pigeons though.