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About sanahtlig

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  1. It sounds like MiKandi JP had no connections in the English VN scene and ended up overpaying for the sort of contract English translation services you'd find in Japan. Typical rookie error. Rates for VN translation (and Japanese pop culture media in general) are especially low because fans are willing to work for far below market rates, and sometimes devote more energy to the work as well. MiKandi Japan failed to leverage that to their advantage. This is disappointing and serves as a stark reminder that new publishers can't be trusted to meet even basic quality standards. We've seen this over and over again from just about every new company to the business.
  2. Good job. Now time to move on to graduate school. A Master's Degree is the new Bachelor's.
  3. There's the larger demographic trends in Japan too. Fewer young people mean the target market for eroge is slowly shrinking. There's even been news of school closings over it. Also, free-to-play browser and mobile games like the ones Nutaku peddles (largely from DMM) compete with commercial eroge as well. Such games appear to be much more profitable, as they're cheap to make and exploit players' greater willingness to pay for gameplay incentives rather than content. They can also milk players for far more per customer than traditional games, which have a fixed price.
  4. MangaGamer will release free uncensor patches for future Steam releases of eroge, following the lead of MiKandi JP and English indie developers. MangaGamer commits to free uncensor patches for Steam releases Discussion thread From MangaGamer's official blog:
  5. MangaGamer will release free uncensor patches for future Steam releases of eroge, following the lead of MiKandi JP and English indie developers. MangaGamer commits to free uncensor patches for Steam releases From MangaGamer's official blog:
  6. The bigger problem is that I don't think ANY of the hooking tools are being maintained anymore. ITHVNR recognizes most of the engines you'll typically encounter, but new support isn't being added. On top of this, the AGTH code database imploded ~2 years ago, taking with it a large stash of custom H-codes, and the HongFire community--a hub of H-code generation and discussion--seems to be slowly suffocating due to crippling server issues. The outlook for text hooking over the next few years is looking a bit grim.
  7. What do you plan to use it for?
  8. From what I understand, Gold is actually more of an alternate universe rather than a sequel or remake. In other words, the game would've needed a completely new translation. That'd be a similar situation as the Sengoku Hime series, where the characters and story get redesigned for each new iteration, though the setting and gameplay mechanics have many shared elements.
  9. What little I played of Gold did not impress. The setting was so uninteresting, the characters so bland and cliche, that I couldn't even get past the prologue. I didn't experience much of the gameplay mechanics so I can't really comment on that, but supposedly the gameplay (and the art, for some) is the game's main strength. But honestly the game seemed like a inferior version of the Sengoku Hime series with less interesting characters and story. I don't expect every game like this to be Sengoku Rance, but I do expect the dialogue to not be a chore to read through. That said, I might pick this up and try to play through it in English, as I do like gameplay eroge and want to support titles that have at least some redeeming value. I just don't have very high hopes for it.
  10. If one of the files wasn't the right size then this isn't Overflow's fault. Also, JAST is the one that created that bizarre 17-part installer.
  11. JAST's technical support is more or less their forums. They're too understaffed to individually troubleshoot problems over private channels. They've even let major issues slide like taking the official Shiny Days bugfix patch down and expecting users (i.e., ME) to host it somewhere else. Contacting J-List is useless because they're just distributors; at best they'll forward your mail to JAST.
  12. Text-hooking was never 'supported' by developers to begin with. And the people who text-hook are a tiny and inconsequential fraction of the English fanbase. The reason that text-hooking compatibility could be dropping is that VNR, which featured continuously-updated engine support, is no longer being maintained. On top of that, the AGTH code database disappeared into the void due to collective apathy, making H-codes less accessible.
  13. Shuffle is the first game that comes to mind...
  14. This VNDB search should be what you're looking for. Hope you like Japanese, because only one of those has a full English patch. Do note that specifying 'otome' yields like one result; you'll have to settle for 'female protagonist'. Some of the tags aren't commonly-used on VNDB, and thus not all valid tag combinations will actually give you what you're looking for.
  15. Sounds like you had a rough time, but made the most of it. Good luck on your new path.