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Everything posted by Zalor

  1. Sayonara wo Oshiete if you don't mind an untranslated title. It's probably the representative Denpa horror VN. Also, I second Swan Song.
  2. Sorry to hear about the health concerns you had earlier in the year. Still appreciate the help you gave me btw. For something designed to be niche, I'm reasonably proud of the (final) build I currently have of Digital Seclusion and your help improved it a lot from the first public version. Often I'm hesitant to ask for help. Not because I don't think I need it, but because I'm paranoid that nobody is willing to help me. So even though you were rather harsh at first, it touched me that you were willing to edit for me.
  3. It's not 100% what you're looking for, but Dies Irae fits most of your categories, kinda. It's certainly worth looking into given your interests and regardless it's a great VN.
  4. The creation and release of Katawa Shoujo is still I think one of the proudest moments of the Western VN scene so I think it deserves a topic celebrating it's 10th anniversary. I also know that a lot of people who eventually became active on here got their start with Katawa Shoujo (I could be wrong, but I believe our esteemed Admin @Tay even falls into this category). In any case, it's definitely among my favorite VNs and I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts and memories of it. On that note, years ago @Palas made an excellent post about it and I'd like to share that here: Katawa Shoujo Analysi
  5. So the time has come huh, well Happy New Year then
  6. Strolling down memory lane and I run into this post... Happy 2022 everyone (in a couple of days).
  7. I'm late to the party but congratz man. I remember when this project started. Crazy to see it catch up to the present day.
  8. I just want to know, am I the only person who hated that complete asspull of a "plot twist" in G-Senjou no Maou? Literally this breaks the very first rule of Knox's rules for Mystery stories: "The criminal must be someone mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to follow." There are other reasons why I think G-Senjou no Maou is a crappy VN, but this is the factor that has always pissed me off the most. Mostly because I rarely see people talk about this very obvious and significant oversight. At least the soundtrack is
  9. If you liked Tsukihime and Fate Stay Night, there's a good chance you'll like Dies Irae.
  10. I couldn't second this more, and honestly I'm ashamed that one of my all time favorite VNs didn't come to mind until you mentioned it. I think it's because I assumed the OP was looking for a comfy/cozy winter vibe and that blinded me a bit. I first read Swan Song in December literally 10 years ago, and it fit the season perfectly. It was also turning 2012 so the apocalyptic aspect of it was also perfectly fitting.
  11. The all time classic winter VN (literally where the term 'sad girls in snow' came from) would be Kanon. White Album 2 also is probably worth checking out. Sepia Tears is a fun little EVN I read recently that also is winter themed.
  12. An excellent job, Sir. Fiddle!
  13. I guess there is a first time to everything. I would like Santa hat #19 if possible.
  14. Saya no Uta at F tier and Narcissu at E tier, I always knew our tastes were different but I never imagined they were that polar to each other. Truly, west coasters and east coasters will never see eye to eye
  15. Shame you didn't mention Kanon's 2006 adaptation, as it's not just a good adaptation but one of the very few instances where the anime adaptation probably surpassed it's source material. And those who know me, know I thought long and hard before arriving at that conclusion.
  16. Exactly this. I feel like VNs are filled with these meaningless choices since by having them, it allows them to market the VN as a "game" and not a kinetic novel. But it also makes sense since it's really easy to deal with from the developer side of things. Instead of each choice leading to a different branching direction, all you have to do is write one story and temporarily branch out with these illusory choices that ultimately just funnel you back into the same direction. It's lazy, and imo a mockery of choice mechanics. You would be better off just not even having choices, or better yet, o
  17. Apologies for a delayed reply, I forgot that Fuwanovel won't notify you of comments made on blogs. Jun Maeda (and KEY in general) is an interesting example to bring up because on the one hand his VNs continually seem to sell very well, on the other hand I think he's exhausted his inspiration. Personally I think it was somewhere around Little Busters! where inspiration was lost (and Solidbatman's review of it basically confirmed my opinion). Using Little Busters! as an example, it isn't so much that it's bad, so much as it feels mediocre coming off of it's older sisters like Clannad, Planataria
  18. I appreciate the lengthy post, as well the the other one you linked to. They were interesting reads, and more than anything it's always nice to see people that take an active interest in the future of visual novels. That said, I don't see social games as offering any kind of salvation to the limbo VNs have found themselves in. And it has little to do with the people making them, but rather what they are at their essence. They exist for only one reason, to suck away as much money from players as possible and to get you addicted. It's very much money first, art second. And while this is the gene
  19. Could you share a little bit about what the VN you are working on is about? Or what your vision for it is? People will probably be more likely to respond if they have some idea what they might be getting themselves into.
  20. This looks fantastic! Especially if the story is meant to be creepy and/or surreal, this art style would match perfectly. I genuinely love this. Could you tell us a bit more about the story and characters you are working on?
  21. I'm going to necro this thread since I stumbled upon it and think it's a good topic. In University I wrote two theses and one of them was on the topic of Visual Novels. Specifically it was on the topic of the death of the novel and decline in reading in the digital age, and how I think VNs as a medium can counter this problem. I actually boiled down my core points and recently turned it into a documentary/video-essay:
  22. How has that VN gone under my radar for so long lol. Appreciate the recommendation even though it wasn't directed at me
  23. If you don't mind horror, you should definitely check out Saya no Uta. Other short VNs I highly recommend are Planetarian and Narcissu. Be warned though, both are really sad. And Saya no Uta isn't exactly a mood lifter either. But they are definitely 3 excellent VNs Regarding stuff that's less on the depressing side I would recommend Juniper's Knot and The Dandelion Girl. Both of these are really short though. Each only take slightly more than an hour to read. I also would recommend checking out Katawa Shoujo, as while it isn't exactly a "short" VN (it isn't a long one either), it's split
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