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    Zalor reacted to Sisulizer in Bypass region and first-time dvd check of Siglus engine without using alpharomdie or region loader   
    For later games: Link to video
    For older games: Link to video
    Requirement: you will need xdbg to do that
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    Zalor reacted to gygyme in Artist here! Commission card   
    Hii everyone, I was told it would be a good idea to share my commission card/website here^^
    I'm gyme, nice to meet you. I have experience with digital art since 2017. I have made some commissions for vtuber related content as well as LIVE2D animated gif illustrations. I have also worked on Vtuber/anime character designs and I'm making a bunch of character sprites at the moment! The most important thing for me is to capture the client's ideas perfectly as I always provide as many revisions and corrections as needed.
    Also I thought I'd share a little sketch dump for starters^^ (some rough, some more detailed... plus, you can tell i love drawing ears lol)
    If you're interested in my art, this is my website. If you have any questions you can contact me through my twitter or here.
     

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    Zalor got a reaction from Kosakyun in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    Good to see somebody fighting the good fight! I like the energy in your posts and your optimism. Although I'm largely in agreement with solidbatman that the Western VN scene in general seems to be in decline. But I do genuinely believe there is a place for VNs as a medium as they offer a unique experience unlike any other medium. A bit over a year ago I uploaded a video in which I talk about all the reasons I think VNs have potential as a medium in a digital era. I realize that you're specifically concerned with reviving interest in Fuwanovel, but reviving interest in VNs would be crucial for that goal. And so if you're also going on a crusade to revive interest in VNs, please use my video as a weapon as I did my best to make it as persuasive and informed as I could. 
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from HataVNI in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    Although recent trends seem to be saying otherwise, I quite agree with you! There's a magical quality to VNs, and reading a great VN is an experience like no other. The potential for them to get popular is all there in the medium, it just needs better marketing. In any case, I'm glad you're doing you're best to advocate for VNs!
    Btw, I'm happy to hear you read my VN. I hope it was an overall enjoyable experience, I'm aware it's far from perfect. But if people now and again are still reading it and are getting something out of it, that makes me happy.
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    Zalor reacted to HataVNI in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    I'm absolutely going for a crusade like this, because it is what we've (Visual-Novel.Info) have already been trying for 5 years in Germany via multiple methods such as showing games hands-on at conventions, getting youtubers/Vtubers to play them and translating some of them ourselves. It is just hard to bridge the general anime populace to get interested into VNs. A couple pitches there include to be able to consume the full stories that these anime they love so much are telling, but lately there are not enough new VN adaptions to garner interest in that. 

    We hope that by spreading knowledge about VNs and encouraging better productions made in the west so they can start actually competiting with japanese original VNs in both art, writing and presentation will be a good step to make people interested in the limitations and possibilities of the medium as a whole. I believe that VNs can reach the same popularity as Anime, Manga and Light Novels if people start getting their merits and demerits of storytelling and overcome the burden of having to invest more time in them than the average, easier-to-consume Anime.

    I have actually played your own VN and creating such "history recappin VNs" might pose a great factor in reviving interest in the history and past of visual novels and how they came to the point where they now are. Think about it
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    Zalor reacted to Dergonu in Burning down the Capitol – Yay or Nay?   
    Tay
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    Zalor got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    Good to see somebody fighting the good fight! I like the energy in your posts and your optimism. Although I'm largely in agreement with solidbatman that the Western VN scene in general seems to be in decline. But I do genuinely believe there is a place for VNs as a medium as they offer a unique experience unlike any other medium. A bit over a year ago I uploaded a video in which I talk about all the reasons I think VNs have potential as a medium in a digital era. I realize that you're specifically concerned with reviving interest in Fuwanovel, but reviving interest in VNs would be crucial for that goal. And so if you're also going on a crusade to revive interest in VNs, please use my video as a weapon as I did my best to make it as persuasive and informed as I could. 
     
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    Zalor reacted to HataVNI in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    I am on phone, so bear with me:
    I believe that fuwanovel in the modern age of discord does not compete with discord to replace it, but can rather work as a supplement. If you have followed any of the current drama there is hardly a better time then now to be reviving a new centralized community such as fuwanovel since the other existing communities are not in their optimal state right now. Lemmasoft is apparently on lockdown and invite-only, aarinfantasy is fairly inactive, the blogging scene is quite literally dead and people are writing into the void - if they are writIng in general - and do we even have to talk about r/visualnovels that has gone rockbottom for everything besides JVN discussion (and even there it fell off greatly and there is a lot of discord, not the messenger kind) even among its staff.
    R/vns is actually in a good state to be growing which is why I have already reached out to them to be possibly conducting a partnership. They simply have a better platform to be holding AMA's for example.
    But here is the kicker. Due to a lot of painful, cringeworthy actions communities such as r/visualnovels with their 550k total users have basically become a danger zone to visit for every loc company staff, EVN dev, evn content creator and the sort.
    The renewed fuwanovel should make use of what it has actually laid the ground work for. Do you see that there is a single category for VN discussions? This allows for so much more than simply talk about JVNs. Everyone can post there and no one is barred from posting there, not by a community-driven popularity system such as up & downvotes as it is implemented into the design on reddit. 
    Lets get to discord. What can fuwanovel possibly do that discord can not. Well, for instance discord and forum communication are different modes of communication to begin with. As I know of my scatterbrain, discord encourages shallow-thinking on-the-go instant replies to be keeping up with chat so it does not leave you behind. There is constantly an urge to be involved in every convo and this applies to everyone - meaning convos can so quickly be derailed and rendered meaningless. How often did you have an extensive discussion on discord and forgot it 5 minutes later as the topic has already moved on? Sure, you can potentially be using threads or even the new discord forum feature they are trying to roll out and that inconveniently makes people doubt external forums being a necessity again. I simply don't think it is so useful.
    Forums on the other hand encourage slow and methodical production of responses. It takes a while to be crafting the best response at any given time and it can be modified and formatted much better - why can I not mark and hyperlink in discord for example without it giving me long, annoying embeds that scroll the chat? Discord also leads to much more disjointed convos, here every post stands for itself while discord can be a lot of disjointed messages due to people interrupting the chat, being morons or going for strawman argument
    I would say that the most important thing about a public forum is that it can be visited and explored without being forced to make an account (which allows for much more efficient lurking). You cannot look into the contents of a discord without either using an alt or joining with an existing persona. Fuwanovel has always been a place that did not have restrictions on you to be accessing some of its content, you can learn about the scene simply by passively lurking and clicking the threads.
    Lastly, I want to emphasize the complementary nature of discord again: Discords are usually made to be housing isolated communities for a particular fandom. Fuwanovel as a central hub (same as reddit) provides a place to be advertising your achievements, products and projects you made as a community for the people outside of this community. I for example cannot take the Majikoi voice patch, jump on the NitroPlus fan discord and shill it there, it would be offtopic. Fuwanovel, as a place that welcomes all allows every group in the community to be posting their stuff and find peers, new recruits or simply supporters this way. And if one is not interested in such, they can simply ignore the thread and engage with something else - without negatively impacting its visibility like you could on reddit.
    Sorry for the long rant. I believe still in the supremacy of forums over glorified IRC clients such as discord, despite their simplicity and comfort it offers. 
    Also most of us are old boomers (25 and above) so we feel comfortable using old media for expression.
     
     
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    Zalor reacted to HataVNI in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    TItle explanation

    To our dear Fuwanovel-friends,

    my name is Hata and I'm one of the guys at Fuwanovel who dares to call the shots in our team. While the team that tries to keep my 力 contained currently reins in my excesses and profits off my extensive net of contacts and knowledge to be finding the right person for the right task in no-time, I would like to call upon a mass roll-call to help us reviving Fuwanovel and bring it back to its 2014-2016 state at which it had pretty much had its peak of activity - at approximate 700 posts a week. Insane, right?



    In order to do that, the first thing we have to consider is what content that has been produced in about a decade of history of this site still has relevance today and how we could possibly revive it. This process is called "Necro-ing" and it is usually frowned upon in forums to perform necromancy on old threads that have far passed their expiration date. However, the Fuwanovel case is special and in order to understand this we kind of have to consider the fact that the forums have basically been six entire years completely vegetating on its own. For a few exceptions it might as well have been dead. The reason is simple: the previous team could only used their limited time and motivation to be moderating a forum that was basically on a declining path in popularity since the end of 2017. 

    Here we are now and we gaze upon a forum which houses 10 years of history on the scene, tools, materials, recommendations, walkthroughs, drama, excesses, decadence and much much more. In total, this place has totally been a public treasure trove for everything that you could desire from the visual novel community, but there simply was no one with enough dedication to harness its potential.

    We could definitely change this and make Fuwanovel into a place where everyone, especially beginners and early intermediates can learn a lot about the medium and its beauty - generally the beauty of text storytelling - I want to emphasize. A dev community is also something we can and want to nurture.
    There have already been community members that are work for companies here and even someone like the editor of Muramasa had told us, that he would enjoy it if there was a new centralized place where everyone had the possibility to gather. How to not stay motivated with such encouragements, right? 

    Since we are striving for a mostly diverse community (not necessarily the "woke" definition of diversity) you should fret and not only perform your black magic abilities on the familiar JVN threads, but generally try to revive everything you deem worthy of revival and where the discussions have basically dried up before conclusions and compromises were found.

    Make sure that what you are contributing leaves possibility to follow up in conversation however, ask your next poster a preemptive message or contribute something sensible. Spam and "bump-posts" are discouraged.

    Lastly, don't forget the most important thing that you are supposed to have on the old as well as the new Fuwanovel. 

    It's having fun indulging in the VN scene.

    Edit: If there are major threads you wish to see revived or even pinned, maybe post them in the replies of this post. It is at our discretion if we wish to do so or not.
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    Zalor reacted to shcboomer in The Revival of Fuwanovel 1: The Samsara of Heavenly Life   
    One step at a time. That's for sure.
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    Zalor reacted to Plk_Lesiak in The unforgettable glory of early Idea Factory anime adaptation   
    Oh my god, that Tsui no Sora OVA... It's possibly the ugliest and most insulting thing I've watched ever. I know the original wasn't a masterpiece, but there's no semblance of the artstyle or denpa storytelling in that hentai anime... And it's just so hideous and poorly animated... Why do these things exist? I'm sad...
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    Zalor reacted to Yuuko in It says air is on ds/3ds but i cant find it   
    air is """available""" on gba and older ds can play gba games natively
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    Zalor got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in The unforgettable glory of early Idea Factory anime adaptation   
    Kind of relevant, but Tsui no Sora (the 1999 precursor to Subahibi) has an animated OVA, and it's considered by some to be the worst anime to ever exist. I'm sure there's worse, but damn is it near the bottom of the barrel. 
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    Zalor got a reaction from Novel21 in Snow by Studio Mebius   
    I certainly recommend checking it out for yourself. One thing I should mention is that I think the VN's Opening is classic (it's part of the reason I had such high expectations)
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Snow by Studio Mebius   
    I certainly recommend checking it out for yourself. One thing I should mention is that I think the VN's Opening is classic (it's part of the reason I had such high expectations)
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from Novel21 in Snow by Studio Mebius   
    Eh, I mean I don't mean to be a downer but I'm not one to censor my opinions either. When I first felt comfortable enough with my Japanese, I read Snow since I'm a huge fan of Kanon and I heard its Japanese isn't very difficult. Short end of the story, I ended up dropping it because I found it very boring and not nearly as charming as Kanon. Admittedly, apparently relative to other VN fans my standards are rather high. But, I did find Snow to be a tremendous disappointment. And this is coming from somebody who really wanted to like it (since I both love nakiges and snow-settings)
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    Zalor reacted to astronaut1234 in Chaos Head LCC English translation   
    Lemme get to the point.
    By the way, I posted this because my original post on Reddit got banned.
    I made the translation out of the ren’py port of this game.
    It’s kind of broken and the translation is bad, but it’s what I came up with right now.
    Setup: No need. Just install the zip, and unzip it, and open the game. If you encounter a problem like this: “Parsing the script failed:” or “An error has occurred”, read the text inside that caused the error; for example, “A gaze falls from the sky”, and press ignore. Those are typos I made in the TL file, and I’ll fix them later. Also, I already opened the game, so I can’t reset it back to a state of not being opened. I’m not the one who made the port so I don’t know how to.
    Also, I copy pasted my text from the original post because I'm too lazy to type it out again
    File: https://mega.nz/file/RgIlxZxD#m5pEcXwtTDqk8zNHVojMJBWTIvLhGqw7GhyEoqOix00
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    Zalor got a reaction from adamstan in My VN review/video essay series   
    I agree, the merging of dating sims with adventure games was an interesting development that was central in creating VNs. If you go back to the Sound Novel era with stuff like Kamaitachi no Yoru, it's not immediately obvious that the two genres (sound novels and dating sims) would work so well together. But because of that hybrid, VNs went in the direction where choices effect the direction the narrative goes, choose your adventure book style. Currently I'm playing some retro point and click games, and its interesting how open to exploration they are, but the structure of the story is more linear as you pointed out. 
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    Zalor reacted to adamstan in My VN review/video essay series   
    Yes, that's right. Starting in '90s, adventure games started to have more and more developed stories, and puzzles ceased to be the main point
     
    I think one of the reasons for going different ways might be influence of dating sims - which also gave birth to the concept of "routes". Western adventure games just kind of evolved on their own, and stayed linear most of the time, while VNs started as a hybrid between adventure and a dating sim.
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    Zalor got a reaction from adamstan in My VN review/video essay series   
    Yeah, I mean both VNs and point and click adventures have their roots in text adventure games and interactive fiction. What I find kind of interesting is that at a certain point, both in Japan and in the west the emphasis of interactive fiction starts getting placed more on the fiction, and relatively less on the interaction. 
    In early text-adventures, the fiction is really just an excuse for interaction. But in the 90s with both VNs and point and click games, this seems to flip where the interaction becomes a means to explore the fiction. Kind of like looking at an evolutionary chart of a species, it's interesting to see how VNs and point and click adventures branch off from a similar point, yet in essence strive to do similar things but in different ways. 
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    Zalor got a reaction from adamstan in My VN review/video essay series   
    Excellent video, it's really quite well done from pretty much every aspect. While not directly related to the video, I do have an observation I'd like to share and I'm curious about your thoughts.
    Briefly in the Intro & History portion of the video you go over how Japanese PC games eventually evolved to become more story focused. Eventually embracing more text heavy games. Bowl of Lentils in his video does a good job connecting this to the history of Japanese Adventure Games. Something I find quite curious though, is that at around the same time American PC games also began to merge story and adventure with Point and Click games, like Adventure of Monkey Island, Sam and Max, Drowned God, etc. In a certain sense I think 90's VNs and 90's Point and Click games have a point of commonality that I haven't seen anyone talk about. The difference between the two is quite obvious, with Point and Click focusing on storytelling through environment interaction, and VNs focusing on character interaction more than explicit environment interaction. But the desire to explore and get the reader participating in a story I think is shared between both. 
    This is just an observation I've had for awhile and I'm just curious to get other peoples input on. You seem like a person that might have some thoughts about it so I'm posting it here   
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    Zalor got a reaction from Fiddle in For Elise ~Elise no Tame ni~ Translation: Hacker Needed   
    I thought about that as well and I think you're right. It's more a courtesy thing. I feel like they would be more responsive and willing to help me if I reach out to them in Spanish. But maybe I'm overthinking it 
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    Zalor got a reaction from Ryuk211 in Recommend me a VN with a revenge-fueled story.   
    Kei's route in Dies Irae applies
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    Zalor got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Ange's Top 10 Favorite Common Routes   
    It's not that we don't care about your videos, or the content. But it seems that the only use of this forum to you is to shill your stuff, rather then engage us. You could have linked to your video and typed out your top ten common routes here, for people who don't have time to watch a bloated video. Instead you want us to leave the forums, watch your video (which genuinely, I appreciate that you put time into) , and then direct all discussion to your comments section instead. That doesn't benefit the forums in anyway, only you. 
    Now I get it, these forums are a bit of a necropolis. I can understand why you wouldn't want to put effort into genuinely engaging us. But as a long time user of these forums, it does irk me a bit that you don't even put 5 minutes into making it a genuine forum discussion.
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    Zalor got a reaction from mitchhamilton in Ange's Top 10 Favorite Common Routes   
    I was mostly just explaining the sentiment behind mitchhamilton's comment, since it seemed to have been misunderstood a bit. As you mentioned, given the state of these forums there really isn't any objective harm to dumping video links (at this point in time). But it does kind of break an unwritten rule of forum culture. As opposed to Reddit which is basically solely focused on whatever topic a particular subreddit is about, and seems to be pretty accepting of self promotion. Forums always balanced that with a communal aspect. Hence why people like Solidbatman and other once prominent members here didn't even read that many VNs. They stayed more for the community. In that context there is nothing wrong with self promotion either, but it should ideally be framed in a way that has the community in mind first.
    But as @adamstan said, it's just a sentimental nail in the coffin. You're not wrong, and these sentiments brushed aside your posts are one of the few things that still bring some vitality to these forums. I just wanted to explain that when people make sarcastic remarks like that, it's not that they have anything against you or your content. But they are softly pointing out that you're breaking an unspoken rule a bit. But when the place is a ghost town it doesn't matter much anyway lol 
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