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I'm growing to love visual novels even more. As an artist who plans on making his own soon, I want to read as many visual novels as possible. I usually get them from free downloads (free visual novels) and torrents. I want to support the industry, but I'm not sure where to buy them digitally. There's Steam, but that's all I know. Can you recommend me a site to buy digital visual novels? Or are physical discs still popular overall? And even whenever I visit Japan, I'm not sure where to buy physical discs. Thanks.

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A few different places where you can buy digital VN would be Mangagamer, Jast USA, Denpasoft and Nutaku. If you want physical english translated ones you can buy some through Mangagamer or J-list. As for physical discs in Japan I would recomend Akihabara for wide selections, but other places also works. Some stores to look for are Sofmap and Traders, VNs are usually at the top floors of the building. 

Edited by bakauchuujin

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DMM and DLsite, (NSFW links) have tons of stuff, and would be your best bet for unTLed VNs. If you're looking strictly for translated ones, Bakauchuujin mentioned all the most popular sites above.

And yeah, physical editions are still very popular in Japan. I buy most of mine at Sofmap. They have a big secondhand section, and all the recent stuff as well.

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I don't recommend buying from dmm since you need to use a japanese vpn to buy any game and also to download them or see your game list of owned games, if you don't they will send you to nutaku page but still you wont be able to access your games lol

I recommend dlsite where you can use paypal or digiket, getchu is a good alternative too.
Btw before buying a game check for this first:

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Which means it has some kind of drm, don't buy those, they are a pain in the ass and for example if you bought a game from dmm you will need a japanese vpn (or proxy) to play the game, at least the first time. And as any drm protection they run a software in the background that do shady stuff and also sometimes you wont be able to even hook the vn because of it since the .exe is modified by the drm system.

 

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8 minutes ago, Deep Blue said:

I don't recommend buying from dmm since you need to use a japanese vpn to buy any game and also to download them or see your game list of owned games, if you don't they will send you to nutaku page but still you wont be able to access your games lol

This should only be the case for physical copies. The digital section is open for other countries, and has been for a while. I have bought over 10 games from Norway and downloaded them just fine without VPNs.

Also, the standard DRM from DMM is actually very simple, and not a pain at all. You just log into your acount once, and you're done. It even saves your password and username, so you won't even have to type it in again when you buy a new game, you just hit "Ok" instead.

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8 minutes ago, Deep Blue said:

I don't recommend buying from dmm since you need to use a japanese vpn to buy any game and also to download them or see your game list of owned games, if you don't they will send you to nutaku page but still you wont be able to access your games lol

Only games that you can't buy are games that use DMMplayer that has very few games running on it.

Edited by Kiriririri

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Every game i was interested in buying wasnt available world wide, for example http://ikimasyou.com/ and many of the updated win 10 version of old games (all came with that annoying drm system) and yes is a pain, having limited number of installs and having to verify your copy every time you install it, specially if you run your games under a virtual machine, not counting that it runs in the background scanning and sending constant info to them about who knows :rolleyes:

Also I just imagined that you cannot access to your game list unless you use a japanese vpn or else they will redirect you to nutaku webpage? Both of you kinda omitted that fact which is important imo...

http://dlsoft.dmm.com/mylibrary/ -> http://www.dmm.com/top/-/error/area/ > nutaku shit site
http://personal.games.dmm.com/my-games/ -> "ご利用中のゲームはありません" (not true, using a vpn you can see them and download them)


 

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14 minutes ago, Deep Blue said:

Also I just imagined that you cannot access to your game list unless you use a japanese vpn or else they will redirect you to nutaku webpage?

No, you can. The only thing it blocks is physical edition pages, normal porn and the DMM player versions of games. If you buy a normal digital version of a game, you can access that game from your library page. Again, I've bought over 10 games myself from Norway, and could access both the game pages and the library page just fine.

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Maybe it depends on the country itself, I can't. I was able at one point...probably beginning of 2016 but not anymore. I have only digital games in there and also some free games too.

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4 minutes ago, Deep Blue said:

Maybe it depends on the country itself, I can't. I was able at one point...probably beginning of 2016 but not anymore. I have only digital games in there and also some free games too.

Seems pretty weird. It could be that you have one game that isn't "okay" in your library, and because of that it won't show the library at all without a VPN.

(NSFW link) Can you access this page?

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3 minutes ago, Dergonu said:

Seems pretty weird. It could be that you have one game that isn't "okay" in your library, and because of that it won't show the library at all without a VPN.

(NSFW link) Can you access this page?

It might be since most of the games I bought i had to use a vpn, so maybe it's "flagging" my whole library.

I can access normally to that page but as I said before not the one I linked :reeee:

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3 minutes ago, Deep Blue said:

It might be since most of the games I bought i had to use a vpn, so maybe it's "flagging" my whole library.

I can access normally to that page but as I said before not the one I linked :reeee:

Hmm, weird. Yeah, it could be an issue with your account, then.

Maybe it will work again if you make a new account, and make do with accessing the other one through a VPN.

Try making a new account, and grab some free game or something really cheap, just to test if it works.

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