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MetalUpa1014 posted a topic in Visual Novel TalkIn honor of Steins;Gate's 5th anniversary, 5pb is having a massive sale on all their titles across a variety of platforms. The sale will last from 8/13/2014 - 8/27/2014. This is an extremely rare event, because 5pb rarely discounts their games. Among those are Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Memories Off, and Corpse Party. A full list of titles is here. http://www.inside-games.jp/article/2014/08/08/79317.html I'm not entirely sure if this extends to physical releases since the sale includes PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, and Vita. On iOS and Android, however, these games are available on the Apple Store and Google Play worldwide. Of course, all these titles are Japanese language only. Still, Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate can be patched into English on iOS and Android assuming that you have the right software. This blog contains the patches and files needed. http://i-vntp.blogspot.com/ On a side note, Corpse Party has been confirmed for a release on iOS, in English, for 8/14/2014 on the App Store. This game has been available on iOS for quite some time, but it was only in Japanese. It's apparently a direct port of XEED's translation on PSP, so I expect it to have full voice acting as well as everything else originally featured. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Corpse+Party/news.asp?c=61012 It's going to cost $22, though whether or not the sale will extend to it is unknown. Still, it's a great way for people like me who don't own PSPs to finally experience the game. So will you be taking advantage of 5pb's sale? Sound off below!
LuxÆterna posted a topic in General Discussion[uPDATE] Thanks everybody for your responses, you made me aware my short-sighted vision in this post xD, and sure I got lost while writing it, my intended message was more along the lines of "Beign healty is better than not, and if you like digital entertainment, you should try beign gentle with your eyes", you all made me aware of things that go beyond the writing here, so next time I will try a different aproach, thank you for your feed back. [ORIGINAL] Hello everyone, I wanted to share my point of view and experiences, and hear of yours as well regarding this topic, I'll try my best to not sound like I'm telling any of you what to do, because I'm not aiming at that, nor I will ever obligate you to, the best I can do is getting you to consider this and leave the desicions up to you. First of all, a friendly piece of advice, given that if you are reading this either you have a tablet, smarthphone or a computer in front of you, whatever the size of this is (wall size,pocket size,all of them), please consider the following tips: -It's non medical advice, just what have worked for me a)Taking a break every now and then, it's not the best to focus for more than a couple of hours on the screen, even if it's just a few seconds stand up (if applies) stretch and blink conciously, if you are in the middle of a exciting non-pausable scene, take the next loading screen or scene change as an opportunity to take the minibreak. b )If you are an avid reader and like to spend night time navigating or playing or whatever staring at the screen, consider lowering the bright of your device, go easy on your eyes, either changing that manually or trying software like FLUX (http://justgetflux.com/), our eyes play are the single most important part for this, the electronic entertainment. The anecdotical part is that, Flux may or may not work but if it's not On I can immediately tell (and sure it makes a difference when the computer is not mine, I can't look at those that easily), you get this orange-yellowish tint, but it's kind of a trade of for being able to read without getting eye-strained (at least like before). If you don't mind to give it a try, do it, if you do, then don't (redundant =P). The reasoning behind all of this ? (Yes there is one) People sometimes overlook their health, thinking it's pretty much a "given", but I'm of the opinion that IT'S not, there's a whole world of things we can't control, but at least for the things we can, why not try, being healty is the most valuable thing I think we'll ever have, it took me my entire (short/not) retrospective life to realize it, and because I want to play tomorrow, and the day after, I'm going to sleep right now (but will be back, I reckon there are holes to fill). But not before leaving the invitation for all of you to share your thoughts, after all my single point of view it's not absolute. *Note:(I auto-perceived a lot of generic speech up there, but thats that, my communications skills are that level I suppose)
MetalUpa1014 posted a topic in Visual Novel TalkAwhile back it was announced that JAST USA would be seeking an official ESRB rating for their PC release of Steins;Gate, set for release in February 2014. A few months ago I asked them via Twitter what their reason for this was, seeing as how their previous releases never had and ESRB rating. Surprisingly, their response was: "Because we may want to sell it through more mainstream outlets." The tweet can be viewed here: https://twitter.com/jastusa/status/384501150742900737 Could this mean that we could being seeing a PC copy of Steins;Gate next to a copy of Skyrim at a Best Buy or GameStop in the future? If so, that would be a huge step for visual novels in the West. A Steam release of the game has also been hinted at, but there has been no confirmation so far. Anyways, it was finally revealed last week that Steins;Gate would be receiving a rating of M for Mature, citing blood, language, partial nudity, sexual themes, and violence as its descriptors. The full summery and announcement can be found here: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/11/26/steinsgated-rated-m-esrb/ https://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=33210&Title=Steins%3BGate&searchkeyword=steins%3Bgate Any thoughts? Personally, I think this shows that the ESRB really needs to add a 15+ rating to their system. In Japan, Steins;Gate (along with other visual novels like Ace Attorney 5 and Zero Escape) were rated "C" which is the equivalence to 15+. The British PEGI system has a 16+ and even the Australians have a 15+. Steins;Gate is one of those games that seems to be too risque for 13+, yet not so bad that it deserves a 17+ rating. There's a pretty big difference there. I've long been a critic of the ESRB, and I think it's time for a major change. If the Batman Arkham and Uncharted games can get away with a T rating, then I view M ratings for games such as Steins;Gate to be completely unfounded.
MetalUpa1014 posted a topic in Visual Novel TalkHas anyone ever heard of this? Apparently there's a visual novel for the classic mystery thriller novel "The Thirty Nine Steps." I personally have not read the book, but I have seen Alfred Hitchcock's film adaption and really enjoyed it. Here's a trailer of the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1svkgQDEqU What's interesting is that this game is actually WESTERN made, and not Japanese. For a visual novel to NOT be Japanese is extremely rare. But apparently this game has been a large critical success. It's available for PC (Steam), Mac, and iPad. Since I only have PC, I'm currently downloading it now. Has anyone played this one before? What are your thoughts? VNDB entry: http://vndb.org/v12284
MetalUpa1014 posted a topic in Visual Novel TalkThat's what I've been asking myself for quite some time now. As we all know, visual novels have been quite a profitable sub-industry for around 30 years since the surge of personal computers. Unfortunatley, this hasn't necessarily translated (get the pun?) over to the West. I'm willing to bet that at least 90% of visual novels never get an official release or even a fan translation. Sure, we've got Phoenix Wright and Zero Escape and there's no doubt that those games are technically visual novels, but have more interaction than simply reading through text while making the ocasional choice. I guess graphic adventure titles have somewhat of an appeal in the West, but will the "pure visual novel" category ever hit its mark in the West? Recently there's been several new developments. JAST USA is going to release Steins;Gate officially at the end of the year, while Higurashi: When They Cry is confirmed to have an official Steam release. But can pushes like these really affect anything? Will a gaming audience that primarily plays heavy action games or more casual social titles ever accept a game where all you do is simply read, regardless if the story is amazing? One of the main goals of Fuwanovel is to "make visual novels popular in the West." But can the goal actually be realized at all? I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.