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Do you buy physical visual novels?  

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  1. 1. Do you buy physical visual novels

    • Never bought a physical copy
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    • I sometimes buy physical copies
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    • If a physical copy is available I always or almost always end up buying that rather than the a digital copy
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I love getting physical copies because it makes you feel that you own the game by holding it in your hands. Whenever a game comes out as a special edition, you can bet your ass to the bank that I'll be in line to get it. Even if the stuff inside is only a toy or an artbook that you only look at once, I'll still get it.

Visual novels on the other hand is a touchy topic especially in countries that like to censor crap. Although I do want to buy a physical copy of the games I like, I've heard horror stories of people getting their stuff reported by customs and banning them. I've also heard in some cases, that it can get worse than that.

So yeah, in this case I'd rather buy a digital copy for an 18+ VN or just buy a physical copy of the all-ages version then download the 18+ patch. Better safe than sorry.

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21 hours ago, WorldofAI said:

Don’t worry, I make physical backups of the installation files whenever I get the chance. I usually store the installation or game files on an external hard drive. The steam games though will be a challenge.

Well, actually, i trust those "cruncky magnetic discs that could fail any moment without notice" way way less than official online stores.

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14 hours ago, UnlimitedMoeWorks said:

I hear ya. Canada in general (the country I live in) has strong customs against anything that seems pornographic, especially if said works happen to have underaged minors in them. For example, if I were to purchase Grisaia no Kajitsu 18+ physical from Japan, it will probably be flagged and banned from Canada because a good chunk of the H-scenes involve underaged minors (Sachi, Michiru, and especially Makina), and I'd probably be called in by the police for questioning.

Does it show adult content on the rear cover?

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I have some eroge collection on my shelf, so, yeah, I am deeply love physical copies, if that's not stupid DVD case or something.

I love big packages with some interesting things inside (not only manual and disc, artbook, for example, or something else). 

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7 hours ago, UnlimitedMoeWorks said:

I don't actually have the physical copy of Grisaia. I was just using that as a metaphorical example in response to @jetpack003's comment about country customs, and what is and isn't allowed. TBH, I don't even know if the actual physical copy of Grisaia advertises their H-content on their covers or booklets, as frankly, I've only (once) owned the Steam version of the VN.

I think like other games, they won't have anything sexual on it. Maybe a few panty shots but that's it.

I mean, horror games will only have an eerie-type look to them with no actual zombie-looking person intimidating you. While a game about gore would have some guy holding a weapon with blood on it but it won't have any decapitated limbs or anything similar to that. This is what I normally see, anyways.

On the other hand, if customs sees an 18+ game or merchandise with petite-looking girls or lolis on the front cover then I bet you they'll look into it. They'll probably even play them if they have time, lol.

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38 minutes ago, jetpack003 said:

On the other hand, if customs sees an 18+ game or merchandise with petite-looking girls or lolis on the front cover then I bet you they'll look into it. They'll probably even play them if they have time, lol.

Depends how much custom likes to check things, in that case it would seem like they do a detailed search trough the content of every package, pretty sure it is pretty rare for it to actually be checked in Norway don't know how it is in other countries.

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5 hours ago, bakauchuujin said:

Depends how much custom likes to check things, in that case it would seem like they do a detailed search trough the content of every package, pretty sure it is pretty rare for it to actually be checked in Norway don't know how it is in other countries.

In Australia's case (where I'm from) custom just likes to do whatever they want when they check things. Once they see something related to pornography then they'll get on your case.

If you're one of the unlucky ones, they'll open your stuff up and look inside it. That's what they did to one of my character figures, RIP for those who want it in mint condition.

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4 hours ago, jetpack003 said:

In Australia's case (where I'm from) custom just likes to do whatever they want when they check things. Once they see something related to pornography then they'll get on your case.

If you're one of the unlucky ones, they'll open your stuff up and look inside it. That's what they did to one of my character figures, RIP for those who want it in mint condition.

Sounds horrible

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1 minute ago, Hetzer123 said:

Do people care about physical all-age with sfw cover because of situation like these. Some companies offer a patch to restore those content.

Personally I feel like part of the charm of a physical is to have everything on the disc.

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On 10/26/2018 at 9:29 PM, Hetzer123 said:

Do people care about physical all-age with sfw cover because of situation like these. Some companies release those games with 18+ patch. They do this to simplify the whole process.

In my case, I'd rather have the all-ages version just to be on the safe side. Customs won't (or shouldn't) have anything against you because of that. Even if they know that there's an 18+ patch online, it's still an optional thing so they can't hold a case because of that. Don't quote me on that though.

As for companies that do this sort of thing, I don't think there's a lot of them. Especially from english distributors. As far as I know, I think only a few selected games especially the ones from Kickstarter would have the all-ages and 18+ patch solution. I know Mangagamer doesn't do that, otherwise I would have bought like 5-8 games by now. As a collector's edition to boot.

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I like physical stuff and I'd buy some VNs that way if I could ;w; As of right now I only have one physical copy (of Hakuoki), since no one bothers to release VNs where I live... And shipping them from abroad is too expensive for me ;v;

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