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    Zalor reacted to Stormwolf in Winter Themed VN   
    swan song
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    Zalor got a reaction from Sillysa in Winter Themed VN   
    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. 
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    Zalor got a reaction from Fiddle in It's Santa Hat Time   
    An excellent job, Sir. Fiddle!
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    Zalor reacted to Fiddle in It's Santa Hat Time   
    Indeed it would be.

    A fine fit, my liege. I'll leave it to you whether you'd like to keep the black cut-off.


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    Zalor reacted to LAsuka in Tier List: 101 Visual Novels I've Read up until this point   
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion
     
     
    ...Even if their opinion is kinda wack and completely unfathomable.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Rahman N in Any good anime adaptions of VNs guys?   
    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. 
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    Zalor reacted to Dreamysyu in Any good anime adaptions of VNs guys?   
    Perhaps, I worded it slightly incorrectly. I mean, it's not exactly a good adaptation, but it's still a good anime on its own if you don't compare it to the VN.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Sliding Scale of Illusion of Choice.   
    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, only including choices when they actually matter. 
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    Zalor reacted to Clephas in Sliding Scale of Illusion of Choice.   
    Meaningless choices are an annoyance and interrupt the experience because they require you to consider something completely irrelevant.
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    Zalor reacted to Vivid Maze in Looking For A Partner To Help Create Visual Novel (no experience required)   
    Good point. I have updated the post with a little more detail. Thanks.
     
    p.s. I will check out your game.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Vivid Maze in Looking For A Partner To Help Create Visual Novel (no experience required)   
    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.
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    Zalor got a reaction from JLP603 in Japanese Visual Novel where you have sex with you and your heroine's child or offspring   
    Jesus Christ, just read Lolita instead
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    Zalor got a reaction from Chronopolis in Lack of academic recognition in VN   
    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:
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Lack of academic recognition in VN   
    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:
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from Silvz in Looking for VNs to recommend to some of my friends   
    How has that VN gone under my radar for so long lol. Appreciate the recommendation even though it wasn't directed at me 
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    Zalor reacted to Silvz in Looking for VNs to recommend to some of my friends   
    Planetarian and Narcissu are usually the ones people recommend to beginners. Also Saya no Uta, if they're into this kind of stuff.
    If they are more into the literature side of the genre, I would strongly recommend Adabana Odd Tales. And if they are into yuri, The expression Amrilato is also pretty nice.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Looking for good short vns   
    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 up into parts. Act 1, which is the first part only takes like 3 or 4 hours to read. If you complete Act 1 and you're liking it you should continue with it, and if not, feel free to drop it.
    Lastly, while I can't personally recommend it since I haven't read it myself (honestly, shame on me). Phenomeno is a short VN that a lot of people I know liked. 
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    Zalor got a reaction from Exxxxos in Looking for good short vns   
    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 up into parts. Act 1, which is the first part only takes like 3 or 4 hours to read. If you complete Act 1 and you're liking it you should continue with it, and if not, feel free to drop it.
    Lastly, while I can't personally recommend it since I haven't read it myself (honestly, shame on me). Phenomeno is a short VN that a lot of people I know liked. 
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    Zalor reacted to ChaosRaven in First OELVN kamige? The Sekimeiya: Spun Glass   
    So, the recent release of The Sekimeiya: Spun Glass went pretty unnoticed so far, but currently seems to get some attention thanks to a comment on VNDB. It actually has a rating above 8.5 with over 60 votes there, which is unusually high for an OELVN. There aren't even that many JVN's that high. It's a scifi mystery thriller that actually looks pretty professional. It uses NVL style, which I personally don't like that much, but if the story is good it might not matter that much.
    So, for everyone who isn't already jumping on Muramasa and looking more for a SciFi mystery VN in the spirit of the infinity series titles like Ever 17, this might actually be worth a look.
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1432500/The_Sekimeiya_Spun_Glass/?utm_source=vndb
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    Zalor reacted to tahu157 in What are some things you hate about romantic EVNs nowadays?   
    I find a lot of EVN romance goes 0 to 60 in 3.5. Like, they'll have a few normal, mundane conversations and then suddenly *BAM* they're soulmates. I realize the EVN scene is relatively young and as such tends towards shorter script lengths, and so the real estate available to develop a romance is limited. Even so, I think it's very doable to have a short but well-paced romance arc. But there's gotta actually be an arc, not this spike in the graph thing.
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    Zalor got a reaction from NowItsAngeTime in History of Ange and Visual Novels: What led to my YouTube channel   
    Always like to hear about how people get into VNs, I'll give this a watch later today
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    Zalor reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Will Anyone From America or Europe Make a Quality Visual Novel with a Black Protagonist ?   
    There's something fascinating with how this thread is evolving with every iteration though. Like, he never directly responds to feedback or discusses stuff in the way forums users usually do, but you can see the effects of our responses every time this pops up. The framing is always slightly different and new arguments are replacing the ones that were most violently rebuked.
    It's as if this was some kind of spell, with the author looking for that one exact set of words that will magically conjure his dream project into existence. I haven't seen anything like it before.
    And @Nenor5VB, maaaaaan... Above all, this is not really a dev forums. You can somewhat hope to find translators here, but there's very little chance that someone even capable of furthering you cause will ever read what you publish around here. I've said this before, but there are outlets out there that are way more fit to host this topic – particularly after it has been utterly depleted around here. Lemma Soft, VN Dev subreddit, maybe CloudNovel forums or other platform-related sites. You're just talking at void at this point and if you keep it up, I'll seriously consider removing all future threads for redundancy.
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    Zalor got a reaction from adamstan in A Defense of Visual Novels: What Are They, Why Do They Matter   
    Apologies, I should have been a little more specific. I'm not saying VNs should completely move away from adult content, and there are certainly genres and individual works that benefit from such content. Rather, I'm just advocating that more VNs that focus on stories where adult content isn't necessary would be an overall positive thing. Similar to how outright censorship stifles creativity in the way you detailed, the still prevalent expectation of sexual content in many commercial VNs reinforce the opposite problem. Where romantic and sexual scenes get forced in for the marketing of an 18+ tag promising sexual content, but where it clashes with the overall focus of the story. For example, Steins;Gate, Umineko, Higurashi, etc would be objectively worse works if they had forced sexual content. There is no serious need for it in those stories. Likewise, to go with an example I used in my video, Sayooshi would be an objectively worse work without the sexual content.  
    So I'm not fundamentally anti-sexual content. But I think if VNs lost the reputation of "VN = porn game", it would be overall beneficial for the medium and could attract more people (both creatives looking to work with VNs, as well as a broader audience for VNs) if that reputation for adult content weakened. 
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