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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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    Zalor got a reaction from mitchhamilton 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 mooky in Looking for a romance vn similar to either G-Senjou no Maou, Grisaia or Clannad   
    If you really are interested in a darker romance, then check out Saya no Uta
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    Zalor got a reaction from adamstan 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 reacted to mitchhamilton in Ange's Top 10 Favorite Common Routes   
    im sure you worked hard on the video but i dont go to ihop for burgers and i dont go to a forum site to watch a video on a topic created.
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    Zalor reacted to Fredo Kruger in Newfriend here   
    This is a great video thank you for sharing it with me! I especially enjoyed your comparisons of VNs and modernist literature and your analysis of the visual composition of Narcissu.
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    Zalor reacted to AmelieDoree in My VN review/video essay series   
    Thank you! I was really disappointed by the lack of content on them and wanted to try and fix that. At some point I want take a look at all the ones you mentioned -- though I'm considering waiting on Nocturnal Illusion for a while cause I've heard mixed things about the translation.
    I really wanna do a video on a grabbag of short VNs at some point, so I'll check yours out at some point and see if I can maybe fit it in!
    I really enjoy shorter stories but, I do think longer ones are better too. I think the sweet spot is something around the 20 to 40 hour mark, long enough for me to stay engaged with in most cases but not so long that it has to be REALLY good to get me to push through until the end (Fate and Umineko are the only two exceptionally long VNs I've read).
    There's definitely some nostalgia there for me too, though not as much as most. I grew up watching 90s and early 2000s anime, whatever I actually could, as well as lots of doujin games besides VNs uploaded to websites, so the kind of aesthetic that Kanon has hits me in the exact right spot. I didn't actually think about the latter until now... I probably dumped hundreds of hours into Touhou games when I was growing up.
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    Zalor reacted to AmelieDoree in My VN review/video essay series   
    Hello all!
    I wanted to post this and share it with everyone here, since I think people here would find it interesting.
    As I've started getting back into visual novels and had the urge to make videos again, I decided to start doing video reviews and essays on the games I play. As of now I'm mostly focusing on older titles, since those seem to get the least attention and I wanna give them a spotlight, both because their history is interesting and because some of them are still fantastic titles!
    My latest video is on Kanon and its themes, and what it means to me personally: 
    The rest of my videos are on the channel it self here: https://www.youtube.com/c/AmelieDoree/featured
    As of now I've covered both of the PC Engine Galaxy Fraulein Yuna VNs and Welcome to Pia Carrot, all of which I think are pretty good for different reasons! The next game I plan on talking about is Angelique, specifically the Special version, widely regarded as the first otome game. 
    If you have any suggestions on VNs from around 2002 and earlier you'd like me to check out, please let me know! Right now I can only handle translated games but I'm hoping to change that. eventually ;____;
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    Zalor got a reaction from NowItsAngeTime in Visual Novel History Lesson: MangaGamer   
    I like this new series idea. I hope Jast USA is next
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    Zalor reacted to NowItsAngeTime in Visual Novel History Lesson: MangaGamer   
    Wanted to try a new series idea, talking about the history of various visual novel aspects. In this video, I'll be talking about the VN publisher MangaGamer, mostly about their different releases by developer, as well as other interesting information.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from GXOALMD in Looking for horror or action VNs that get good within the first hour or so.   
    Sayonara wo Oshiete if you don't mind an untranslated title. It's probably the representative Denpa horror VN. Also, I second Swan Song.
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