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  1. cross days error

    There's likely some sort of font problem. Do the usual changing of all relevant settings to Japanese. I played this without changing my system language, so you can rule that out.
  2. Sekai Project implied that there was nothing they could do about the issue from their side. That's interesting that the JP side was willing to revisit it after all this time. I wonder what changed their mind.
  3. Opinions on localizing/translating Visual Novel titles

    Seems like it's common nowadays to combine parts of the Japanese title with an English subtitle so both fans and newcomers can easily identify it. One of the most important aspects of a title is its SEO; if the title uses a common phrase, it becomes hard to find related content in search engines. Throwing in some simple Japanese or abbreviation of Japanese helps to make it more unique and memorable.
  4. Visual Novel Steam Sales Declining?

    While this may be true, the English market still has room to grow; we're not yet at the saturation point where everyone who would be interested in VNs is buying them. The Japanese market is. Localization costs are also much lower than producing original content, making it far easier to turn a profit reliably. Also, the explosive success of the Subverse Kickstarter shows that there's a great latent demand for gameplay eroge that exceeds even well-loved VN franchises like MuvLuv. I expect the largest growth in the English market will be in gameplay eroge rather than pure VNs. It remains to be seen whether Japanese devs will be able to capture this market, but their record to date doesn't inspire much confidence.
  5. Visual Novel Steam Sales Declining?

    The relatively small market for Japanese VNs in the West is doing fine. The larger market in Japan seems to be tightening, likely due to shifting demographics, oversaturation, and lack of innovation.
  6. Anyone who knows japanese culture a bit better

    This is partly an issue of genre and partly an issue of medium. The "harem" genre features a protagonist surrounded by girls competing for his attention/affection; this competition and the antics that result are often a thematic focus. Resolving that competition essentially entails a genre shift, which risks losing your audience. Visual novels resolve this issue by splitting games into a common route and several heroine routes (and sometimes a "harem" route). Visual novels are relatively cheap to produce compared to the time spent consuming them and are sold up-front as a complete product, so forking the narrative into multiple parts, some of which may not be consumed by each user, is commercially viable. Anime are more expensive to produce and typically represent linear, serialized experiences that have to fill broadcast time slots and sustain viewership over time. If you air something that doesn't interest a viewer, you risk losing him permanently; the viewer can't just skip to the alternate "route" for the day. As a result, harem anime are often compelled to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
  7. Shuffle! Sequel announced

    What I remember about Shuffle is that it was scene-based--it jumps straight to the notable moments, much like an anime. This is likely one of the reasons it is popular in the West. Many games try to fill out each day from the protagonist's perspective, from when he gets up to when he goes to bed. It's very difficult to tell a compelling narrative like this unless your protagonist or setting are extremely unique and you can make each moment meaningful and fascinating. Most attempts fail.
  8. Many of Ninetail's titles feature supernatural lolis. Their staff are notorious lolicon who often make the loli route the true route. @Seryuu would probably be able to offer further suggestions. You might also check out titles by Sakuranbo Elementary School and Studio Ring, including the iconic Please teach me ABC.
  9. Boku no Kanojo wa Gatenkei: A drama about a loving couple's relationship over several years, from when they first meet at a construction job to the challenge of raising a child while dealing with relationship problems. One of ELF's finest works.
  10. I do actually remember enabling Japanese text-to-speech in VNR. I don't think it was through Google though. I quickly turned it off however because the voice is monotonous, and since it relies on parsing, is often inaccurate. It's not like English where the reading of words you'd find in a dictionary is very close to 100% accurate.
  11. The world doesn't need any more meme videos about machine translation though. Seriously, why would you want even want to enable this feature?
  12. Windows 10 Shiny Days Fullscreen Freeze

    Given that the issue is likely related to scaling, you could try a different GPU (e.g., integrated graphics if you're currently using a discrete GPU) or scaling method (e.g., GPU instead of display, which can be adjusted in the Nvidia control panel). You could also change your desktop resolution and refresh rate to match whatever the game is trying to use (likely 800x600 at 60Hz), which might also circumvent scaling issues. I assume you've already tried all the compatibility mode settings and filed a support ticket with JAST? Also, there's a related comment on my Shiny Days article that sounds relevant. https://sanahtlig.blogspot.com/2015/12/shiny-days-restore-patch-released-installation-guide.html#comment-3130055714
  13. Windows 10 Shiny Days Fullscreen Freeze

    If it doesn't work full-screen, I'd try windowed mode.
  14. I guess the idea would be to try and sell non-adult VNs directly to Discord users. However, I can't imagine there are many Discord users looking for such titles that don't also have a Steam account or an account with the relevant publisher. Discord as a store is still a new concept, and it's not clear if the store itself will see much adoption--much less that people will use it to browse for and buy VNs.
  15. Types of NTR

    You could try the School Days series. NTR isn't the focus--just one of many possible outcomes.