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Why is it so common for VNs to have horizontal boxes?

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I've been looking at pics of VN collections recently and noticed this is quite common. The below posts show several examples:

On 9/24/2015 at 8:37 AM, storyteller said:

 

Living in Japan, most everything I buy is naturally Japanese.

However I figured tonight's purchase was worth mention.

 

So, I decided to go and buy my first ever physical copy of VN.

What I planned on buying tonight:

Dies Irae or ChuSingra 46+1

 

What I ended up buying tonight:

 

 

Hidden Content

 

On 2/7/2018 at 8:51 AM, Asonn said:

New stuff arrived today: 

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So I had to readjust my setup:

 

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It doesn't seem to be limited to Japan-only releases either: Mangagamer seems to follow the convention on occasion as well - the Princess Evangile and ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two Limited Edition box sets both did this:

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Any idea why this is done? I imagine it helps the products to stand out on a store shelf, but is there maybe another reason?

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Think it has to do with it working quite well when displaying. Personally I think when the boxes are big they look best when they are horizontal. Just think about how screens mainly are 16:9 rather than 1:1 or 9:16 or how people prefere horizontal pictures rather than vertical pictures. As for why smaller boxes usually don't do it, I would assume it has to do with saving space which the people making VN boxes clearly don't care about. As for why western publishers do it I would assume that is just since the artwork for the japanese version is already horizontal and they don't want to change the art.

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At first I didn't understand anything... thought, you are talking about dialogue window in games...

 

Oh... To be honest, I don't know why? Usually it... how it looks? And how developers see?..

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1 hour ago, Veshurik said:

At first I didn't understand anything... thought, you are talking about dialogue window in games...

 

Oh... To be honest, I don't know why? Usually it... how it looks? And how developers see?..

Yeah, i was thinking the same :P he just meant rectangular.

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