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    Narcosis got a reaction from MFrost in Otomimi ∞ Infinity   
    You're welcome. Sorry for this rather "late" reply, but I wasn't really around here until a while ago. Regarding the translation - I'd say it's at least possible. Applique -Sister- is no more, but the parent company still exists; it's hard to tell what is the game's legal situation in terms of rights but from my experience, such titles can be often easier to acquire. Obviously, it's age would also be a deciding factor, as older games tend to be cheaper to license.
    They actually let him. At least, that's what I remember.
    There's also some -very- interesting content regarding this matter
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    Narcosis reacted to MFrost in Otomimi ∞ Infinity   
    Just saw a screenshot of Kon and found this, thanks for the review! Hopefully someone still feels like this'll be picked up, 8 years later and there's still not very much kemonomimi VN's out and about sadly.
    Curious, does MC ask any of the girls to touch their ears or play with their tails? The description of him has me thinking that this would be his first thought.
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    Narcosis reacted to Clephas in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    In terms of books I sampled (read the first ten chapters at least) the number balloons to 300 or so... the seventy I'm talking about are the ones I was finding the most interesting.  Here is a list of the ones I enjoyed the most (even if some were trashy).
    The Chaos Seeds (think an isekai/other world story with a protagonist who constantly swings back and forth between enlightened self-interest, pragmatism, and lust for power/stat geeking).
    The Stork Tower (extremely interesting dystopian future with a genius street rat who makes powerful enemies in the virtual and real worlds)
    Light Online (protagonist starts out as an out-of-luck NEET who is about to be turned into a virtual slave and then manages to rise high by playing a VRMMO in an unusual style).
    The Ten Realms - Protagonists are an amputee mercenary named Erik and his comrade and best friend Rugrat.  They end up in the Ten Realms, two soldiers in a land of magic, and they quickly realize the only way to be themselves is to gain power and challenge themselves.  Sort of a blend of Wuxia cultivation, military fantasy, and craft obsessive nation-building with two foul-mouthed soldiers with hidden depths leading the way.
    The Dark Elf Chronicles- In a future where a 'zombie particle' has contaminated most of the lifeforms on Earth, a few survivors try to live long enough to find a way to copy themselves into an online game while also stabilizing said game so it won't be a pure hellworld when they do so.  Tons of ups and downs in this story.
    The Shadow Sun series- In this one, a mysterious System essentially unleashes massive numbers of super-powered monsters to cull humanity in preparation for aliens bidding on the land and resources.  Very much a survival apocalypse story for the first three books.  
    The Silver Fox & the Western Hero - Pure Wuxia with hardcore cultivation and horrid levels of racial prejudice... and a young former American plopped down in the middle who has a stat sheet in his head.  The protagonist seems fairly normal, until he isn't.  He is intelligent to the point of being brilliant, and absolutely devoted to the path he chooses.  However, he is also capable of rising above his own desires at key points.  Honestly, I can't wait until the next one comes out.
    Battleborne-  First in a new series about a soldier who dies with his unit and gets reincarnated as a combination of several races by a Valkyrie as reward for his life of war and bravery.
    All Trades- A former conman goes into a virtual reality game to earn the money to give back to the family that supported him after his term in prison.  He really has turned a new leaf, but he quickly finds himself riding the figurative tiger by the tail as he tries to do right by those around him while also earning enough money to pay off his loan shark.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Nekomiko in a nutshell   
    Kind of.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Zakamutt in Baldr force loc trailer linked on 4ch; hoax?   
    I'm not tl'ing this
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    Narcosis reacted to Chronopolis in The Heart of Chuuni   
    That's a fascinating way to think about it, I think you're right.
    I'm hardly well versed in Chuuni but I was also curious as to its meaning at heart.
    I think it's about greater purpose/meaning, ascending beyond the bounds of everyday thought and society, power to resist shackles and to be able to carve one's emotions upon the world.
    It differs from power fantasy in that the focus in about escaping society and having purpose, as opposed to masterfully puppeteering the real world.
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    Narcosis reacted to Chronopolis in Revised rating system and the eroge food chain or "why certain genres can't attain enlightment"   
    Brilliant seems similar in tier to Outstanding, except one is a meta focused work and the other isn't.
    Works in the outstanding category have not only a great story to tell, but several good design choices exist made by the author in order to strengthen the experience or theme. This could be choice of moods, point of view, guiding expectations, or skillful incorporation of visuals/gameplay.
    I agree with the pyramid, it makes sense after reading Narcosis's comments.
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    Narcosis reacted to Norleas in Revised rating system and the eroge food chain or "why certain genres can't attain enlightment"   
    Sry, i don't see the food chain title the first time that i read the diagram, sometimes my selective reading just stop working, the pyramid make sense now. Nukiges are undoubtedly the big base, but they are a strange base, in a future erogedoom i could see them surviving without much damage, but being unable to save more than themselves, they are like a big non-structural base. And them, with the next levels being moege and charage, you reach the actual situation where they almost don't support their own weight and risk everything above to ruin with them.
    About ratings, nowadays i just say  i like, it's meh or i dislike, but obviously never made sense to give the history of a charage the same importance as in a chunnige. One curious thing about the vn community is how much discrepancy we could have between "veterans" ratings, it's not uncommon to see two veterans with similar tastes having a difference of three or four points in the same vn in vndb.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Why are so many Vampire protagonists self-hating?   
    I presume a lot might actually depend on how each author describes "vampirism" in itself. Is it supernatural, or strictly scientific? An ancient curse, some sort of an unknown disease or a symbiotic virus? That sort of context alone has huge impact one many different smaller details, including how other people might perceive vampires and as such, how vampires see themselves.
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    Narcosis reacted to solidbatman in On Moderation and the Validity of Unenforced Standards   
    just make me a mod and everything will be better again
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Sakura Dungeon (VN-hybrid game review)   
    It was definitely their best "anything", they ever made. A the same time, it didn't really receive any love and ended up neglected pretty quickly, which just shows how much they care about their products.
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    Narcosis reacted to Dreamysyu in Aoishiro The Review   
    Another VN rotting in the depths of my backlog since forever.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Dreamysyu in How good should your translation be before editing?   
    I presume the best possible result can be achieved through:
    Translating, while maintaining a healthy balance between literal and liberal, when required. Doing at least two TLC runs through the entire script. First one should remove the most obvious errors and mistakes, while second one should aim to fix the translated sentences. Editing to improve the general flow, readability and quality of the english translated text. Skip any of these or half-ass them and you'll get a monstrosity of an english TL in the kinds of SP's late translation attempts or Hikari Field's level of translation "quality".
    Editors should never fix the translator's mistakes. Their job is to turn the translator's garble into a Shakespeare's level of prose. Likewise, it's not the translator's job to instantly turn their translations into coherent and readable english prose. It's fine, if they can, but most of the times - they can't and really shouldn't even try, for their own sake. This is why professional game localizations are always a team attempt in the first place.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in How good should your translation be before editing?   
    Only when prose operates on strict usage of honorifics to address people and create a setting, it won't make much of a difference otherwise. Don't be a weeb.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in How good should your translation be before editing?   
    I presume the best possible result can be achieved through:
    Translating, while maintaining a healthy balance between literal and liberal, when required. Doing at least two TLC runs through the entire script. First one should remove the most obvious errors and mistakes, while second one should aim to fix the translated sentences. Editing to improve the general flow, readability and quality of the english translated text. Skip any of these or half-ass them and you'll get a monstrosity of an english TL in the kinds of SP's late translation attempts or Hikari Field's level of translation "quality".
    Editors should never fix the translator's mistakes. Their job is to turn the translator's garble into a Shakespeare's level of prose. Likewise, it's not the translator's job to instantly turn their translations into coherent and readable english prose. It's fine, if they can, but most of the times - they can't and really shouldn't even try, for their own sake. This is why professional game localizations are always a team attempt in the first place.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Dawn.   
    My personal favourite.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Zakamutt in Dawn.   
    My personal favourite.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Moe! Ninja Girls (predatory mobile VN review)   
    This is literally Winged Cloud's level of business and decision making. Pure cancer.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in 12 OELVNs to buy during the Steam Winter Sale   
    >tfw The Sweetest Monster isn't on the list, but Asphyxia is
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    Narcosis reacted to ChaosRaven in Experimental book post: The Black Jewels Trilogy   
    On the one hand it sounds really interesting, on the other hand I'm shuddering from the thought of what a VN a company like Black Lillith would make out of this story. 
    But the books seem rather popular - I could get them even in my own language.
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    Narcosis reacted to Clephas in Baldr Bringer (dropped)   
    lol... I hate to say this, but if there is one thing you can depend on with Japanese companies in the present day, it is for them to get on a trend late and screw up massively.  The exceptions are few and far in between.  I never said that it was a good idea, but the fact is that the battle system would probably make a good transition to mobile platforms.  They already did a test of concept with the Hot Dogger Edition of Heart, which was essentially a battle game.  If they'd done it four years ago, they probably could have scored a profit, but the competition is just too high nowadays.
    Moreover, Giga keeps forcing its programmers to try out every new gimmick that makes its way onto the VN and VN hybrid scene... and mostly they screw up.  Like most programmers who went into VNs, they can do one thing really well and can't do anything else right without a lot of patches.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Arcadeotic in Random VN: Bishoujo Mangekyou - Tsumi to Batsu no Shoujo   
    A lot of people consider 2 to be the best, this one might topple it, though. Feels like they are getting better with every new part.
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    Narcosis got a reaction from Dergonu in Random VN: Bishoujo Mangekyou - Tsumi to Batsu no Shoujo   
    A lot of people consider 2 to be the best, this one might topple it, though. Feels like they are getting better with every new part.
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    Narcosis reacted to Qrqe in VN's Forever: Regarding ChuableSoft's bankruptcy or the sad state of modern, japanese vn industry   
    While I agree with some of the things you've wrote, to be honest ChuableSoft's bankruptcy wasnt unexpected at all and I dont think they fall into that category. Yeah their games were not bad, but you just cant win with making decent games, you have to sell them as well. With a "hey as long as we make okayish games we dont need to do anything else!" mind unfortunately the bankruptcy was inevitable.
     
    First of all, They always had a very bad advertising policy and didnt put enough money to advertisement of their games at all. The biggest example of this was Ano Harewataru Sora yori Takaku's sales, their probably most succesful game in the last 6-7 years. Many people have liked it and wrote great reviews about it, Also have won a couple awards  etc etc, in short it was a great game. But how about its sales? Unfortunately it was "Way less than 1/7 of Yakimochi Stream", a kinda worse than average nukigeish game which got released at the same month with Haretaka. 
    What I'm trying to say is, writing a "masterpiece" is not enough at all. You have to catch customers’ attention as well or some random game will just take the all delicious part with proper advertisement, specially if you released very bad 3 games in a row before the current game. Stuff like getting some popular seiyuus, making people talk about your game at the radio programs etc. would rise their sales for sure, but they didn't bother at all. Yeah going bankruptcy is kinda sad, but if chuablesoft can only take 133 points from the total 3861 September sales with their best title,  maybe they did something wrong after all.
    Also for some reason they always released their game at the wrong time as well. For example the SukiSuki you've talked about. Yeah it was good and enjoyable, but if you release it at the same month with Primal x Heart & Sakuuta & Koikake, it'll just get crushed, specially with their bad advertisement thing. 
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    Narcosis reacted to Darklord Rooke in Parallelize And Conquer   
    Why does this blog entry remind me of Monty Python  
     
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