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TexasDice

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    TexasDice got a reaction from Shaun in IxShe Tell Release [UPDATED]   
    A bunch of people in my groups dropped the VN because of (or at least dismissed) Kasumi. They don't like her generic backstory, because it seems very contrived.
     
    I just finished the route and now I'm laughing my ass off. PRANKED.
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in What is your least favorite type of route plot?   
    Oh, I feel you.
    What bothers me a lot in these kinds of stories, is that the only ending they ever seem to go for is the "I did a bunch of things, so now your DAD accepts me and everything is fine"-ending. Would it really be so bad to actually play out the story in which the couple elopes? I assume this is yet another "Japanese thing", where doing your own thing and fulfilling your own desires against your parent's wishes is frowned upon in society and that's why the authors never do it. 
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    TexasDice reacted to Clephas in What is your least favorite type of route plot?   
    The 'fake girlfriend' trope.  I want this one to die forever.  It is the most idiotic trope in existence.  It never has non-embarrassing-to-watch results.
    The 'reform the protagonist' trope.  This one pops up in a lot of games where the protagonist has a dark past or a hidden job that requires some dirty work, and it usually has the heroine trying to 'reform' him in various ways.  It annoys me about every time it pops up.  I usually like the protagonist just as he is in cases like this, lol.
    I don't have any problems with the arranged marriage trope myself.  It doesn't happen often enough anymore to be a major issue outside of ojousama-ge, where it is standard fare.  Heroine has to move away happens even less often...  maybe one in forty new VNs have this one pop up nowadays.  Incurable disease is relatively common, with nakige in particular having a tendency to rely on this trope (without the heroine dying, of course).  However, it is also a matter of execution (lol)...
    The incurable disease trope is something that has to be used intelligently and believably to work.  Dekinai Watashi ga, Kurikaesu;  Inochi no Spare; Tapestry; Kin'iro Loveriche; and Konakana all use this trope effectively to tell their stories.  However, there are just as many who plop it down just for the hell of it, so I see where you are coming from.  
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    TexasDice reacted to Dergonu in What is your least favorite type of route plot?   
    This for sure. Always find these so annoying. It just feels like a forced way to introduce drama just for the sake of it. 
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    TexasDice reacted to Plk_Lesiak in What is your least favorite type of route plot?   
    I'm not sure if this will make sense to anyone, but I'm kind of sick not only of arranged marriage plots but generally of the "defying the parents" drama, whether its about marriage, career or whatever. I know it's a very realistic trope, but as the main source of conflict and/or character development for a heroine it just lost all appeal to me a while ago, mostly because of how much it's done not just in VNs but media in general. Crystalline is a good example of using it in a way I loathe, because the already bland central heroine got her "character arc" through her parents opposing her becoming a knight... And it felt exactly just as empty and superficial as everything else in that game.
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    TexasDice got a reaction from droganpc in What is your least favorite type of route plot?   
    Just wondering. Feel free to pick some broad terminology, like "bullying" or "mysterious identity" (or call them tropes if you feel like that term fits what I'm describing better). I'm going to take a guess here and say that a lot of respondents would pick the infamous "love triangle", which I personally don't mind as much.
    The top of my own list of infamy would definitely be "incurable disease", but I am also very tired of "arranged marriage"- and "heroine has to move away"-stories.
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    Keep in mind that you can dislike a premise at it's core, even if you read such stories and thought it was good or great. On the contrary, I would love to hear examples of stories which you liked despite them involving your least favorite type of narrative trope. Oh, and please mind spoilers. 
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Swim Swim in Sakura no Mori Dreamer Release   
    This has been pretty alright so far. The story is pretty cool and I like the protagonist and his clear, understandable motivation. However, I am feeling a bit of tonal whiplash with the girls. The cute girls aspect keeps getting in the way of the plot every now and then.
    Furthermore, after the common route is over, there is a unique problem: 
    If that makes any sense, great. If not, why did I bother writing this down? 
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Seraphim in Sakura no Mori Dreamer Release   
    This has been pretty alright so far. The story is pretty cool and I like the protagonist and his clear, understandable motivation. However, I am feeling a bit of tonal whiplash with the girls. The cute girls aspect keeps getting in the way of the plot every now and then.
    Furthermore, after the common route is over, there is a unique problem: 
    If that makes any sense, great. If not, why did I bother writing this down? 
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Aside from titles/companies someone has heard of before?
    How about titles that have some basic features I'd expect from a VN in 2020, like voice lines playing over mouse click or free button mapping. Even the one-voice-actress, reused-bgm nukige Ammolite keeps shitting out manage to fulfill those requirements. 
    But yes, what it boils down to most is the complete lack of any big name that gets people exited. I like Newton, Under One Wing is fine and Oniikiss is a pretty decent nukige. However, these games as well as the by now infamous Sakura Sakura are the epitome of "literally who?"-games. Which is a shame, since the Sol tech-whizzes responsible for decensoring and upscaling those 2008-resolutions are committing what I can only assume is black magic.
    which leads me to... 
    They are similar, but that isn't exactly the problem. Nekonyan scored a well-known publisher in addition to their "literally-who"-games. Nobody cared at all about Fureraba when it released. I assume no English VN reader ever heard of it before or cared much. Now, quite a while later, lots of people (me included) were RAVING for Making Lovers to come out and put the Smee name out there. That's the two-step plan: Lure the masses in with a big name (in this case Sanoba Witch) first and when they decide to stay, they'll check out the rest of your catalog.
    MangaGamer was, as far as I understand, able to get away with completely niché games from their initial Overdrive repertoire because a) There was no real competition and b) most of the initial footing was based on nukige and cheap porn games before Da Capo landed in their laps. And even then, we are now seeing that MG is running out of things people want to see, though I do appreciate their idea behind releasing some non-standard VNs recently.
    I'm not saying Sol Press is completely hopeless in this area, considering they managed to snatch Favorite, due to SP's utter lack of business sense, management and well... anything worth of basic praise. So if Sol can succeed with Iroseka, maybe those who cared about that will be more open to read - god forbid actually buy - Sakura Sakura. 
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    TexasDice reacted to Tasuke in YOU and ME and HER (aka Totono aka Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi)   
    and it appears to star a possessed Sonico as one of the lead love interests;
     


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    TexasDice got a reaction from Shaun in Yukikoi Melt, a moege from Frontwing, has been released on Steam.   
    This is the worst VN ever created. Yuka is far and beyond the best girl in this game and they dared to NOT make a route for her. Never have I been this triggered before. 
    Press F for my, no... Our spirit animal. You deserved better.
     
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Yukikoi Melt, a moege from Frontwing, has been released on Steam.   
    This is the worst VN ever created. Yuka is far and beyond the best girl in this game and they dared to NOT make a route for her. Never have I been this triggered before. 
    Press F for my, no... Our spirit animal. You deserved better.
     
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Silvz in [NekoNyan] Making Lovers Discussion   
    Can't wait for the malepreg
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Silvz in What's the process like for VA's? (Moreso r18 stuff?)   
    Nobody fucks voice actors harder than the industry wages, so I'm not surprised they can deliver fitting audio.
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Dreamysyu in What's the process like for VA's? (Moreso r18 stuff?)   
    Nobody fucks voice actors harder than the industry wages, so I'm not surprised they can deliver fitting audio.
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Silvz in Nekonyan's Secret Projects Announcements (Including Dracu Riot)   
    I made a folder, specifically for this day!




     

     
    Nice work, Nekonyan! I want to read every single thing they announced. Also, can we just bring SP behind the barn and shoot it?
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    TexasDice reacted to mitchhamilton in Nekonyan's Secret Projects Announcements (Including Dracu Riot)   
    dracu-riot.... 
     

     
    but ill believe it once its released. still havent read past "nehehe's" route. i forget her name. been waiting for a "proper" release of it.
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    TexasDice reacted to ArgentstR in Are they really over 18?   
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    TexasDice got a reaction from mitchhamilton in Any Audio Tracks You HAD to Mute?   
    After two long as hell main games and two equally long fandisks, the Majikoi H-scene music made me go insane. It's probably gone by now since years have past, but there used to be a time where I wanted to disable my brain by hitting it into my keyboard over and over.
    I ended up getting traumatized in my early days, I always turn the Video volume down to 10% or otherwise I'm afraid a cacophony is going to give me tinnitus. Other than that, I also disable system voices and loud menu-sounds, because they just annoy me as a notorious right-clicker and backlog checker.
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    TexasDice got a reaction from novurdim in Arunaru not working anymore with mangagamer   
    To my beloved dude:
    Good riddance and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. 
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    TexasDice got a reaction from GXOALMD in Aokana Release by Nekonyan [UPDATED]   
    Yooo, that was a blast. Aokana is the first "sports"-vn I've ever read, (excluding the occasional track team route,) so with my boxing background I felt right at home (and should move my fat overwinter ass off the couch). The big FC fights actually glued me into my chair from start to finish and this title makes good use of moving the screen, transitions, sound effects and narration to make them exciting to follow along. The last vn fight scenes I enjoyed were the ones in Comyu and this is even better. Nice. (quick shoutout to the episode-preview narrations)
    Sprite draws amazing... well sprites, SDs and backgrounds, so like in koichoco I had a lot of fun looking for easter eggs in CGs and backgrounds. The Soundtrack also kept me entertained without becoming grating after repeating for all four routes.
    I've read the routes in the following order; Mashiro, Rika, Misaki, Asuka. I would recommend following that, with the option to either start or completely skip Rika. Whatever you do, read Asuka last.
    Mashiro - smoll and cute
    Rika - Things happens and then it ends
    Misaki - The pity party
    Asuka - the big finale
    The protagonist is a cool guy and I love almost all side characters. So much so that I'm baffled that ohohohjou-sama didn't get a route (also why does Arika have those giant knockers? Holy lord in the sky)
    Overall I give Aokana a 0/10, because there's a character voiced by my girl, Mizuhashi Kaori and I wasn't allowed to respectfully bone her into oblivion all night long.  
    NSFW PS: bless Madoka, she a good girl.
     
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    TexasDice got a reaction from adamstan in Aokana Release by Nekonyan [UPDATED]   
    Yooo, that was a blast. Aokana is the first "sports"-vn I've ever read, (excluding the occasional track team route,) so with my boxing background I felt right at home (and should move my fat overwinter ass off the couch). The big FC fights actually glued me into my chair from start to finish and this title makes good use of moving the screen, transitions, sound effects and narration to make them exciting to follow along. The last vn fight scenes I enjoyed were the ones in Comyu and this is even better. Nice. (quick shoutout to the episode-preview narrations)
    Sprite draws amazing... well sprites, SDs and backgrounds, so like in koichoco I had a lot of fun looking for easter eggs in CGs and backgrounds. The Soundtrack also kept me entertained without becoming grating after repeating for all four routes.
    I've read the routes in the following order; Mashiro, Rika, Misaki, Asuka. I would recommend following that, with the option to either start or completely skip Rika. Whatever you do, read Asuka last.
    Mashiro - smoll and cute
    Rika - Things happens and then it ends
    Misaki - The pity party
    Asuka - the big finale
    The protagonist is a cool guy and I love almost all side characters. So much so that I'm baffled that ohohohjou-sama didn't get a route (also why does Arika have those giant knockers? Holy lord in the sky)
    Overall I give Aokana a 0/10, because there's a character voiced by my girl, Mizuhashi Kaori and I wasn't allowed to respectfully bone her into oblivion all night long.  
    NSFW PS: bless Madoka, she a good girl.
     
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    TexasDice reacted to Seraphim in Aokana Release by Nekonyan [UPDATED]   
    For a second, I thought "Wow, that's certainly a new and kinda strange expression", and then I realized I'd somehow managed to slightly bump my TV remote, making the cursor show up on screen in a pretty perfect position.



    (the quality's so-so, since I had to take a photo of the screen for the cursor to be visible)
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    TexasDice got a reaction from Nier in Arunaru not working anymore with mangagamer   
    To my beloved dude:
    Good riddance and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. 
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    TexasDice got a reaction from kokoro in Apparently, Overdrive's last VN is now called Musicus! instead of Musica!. And there's now official cover art and character profiles.   
    I completely disagree, Kira*Kira and Deardrops have a very different tone and themes. One is a story about that one last trip before becoming adults in a music setting, while the other uses music as plot, setting, theme and basically main character. Kira*Kira could be a story about interpretive dancing or flying gliders and it wouldn't change the all that much, while Deardrops doesn't remotely work at it's core without music.
    Overdrive is on a 3/1 good/bad ration for music vns, so my hopes are high. Just keep the curtain call prick out this time and maybe don't try to give every single character a route if there's no material to work with at all.
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