Expand Your Gaming Horizons and Try Out a Visual Novel

4 Jul

This weekend I’m going to an anime convention, so I won’t be doing an update this Saturday. I’ll be on schedule next week, though.

If all goes as planned, I’ll be installing an otome game onto Kyle’s computer. I’ll do a tutorial on the right way to install and how to link text hookers and English translators and such to a Japanese visual novel. At least, I’ll try, because that stuff can get crazy and varies between games. I am no master of all this technical stuff. But I get things to work, and that’s good enough for me!

For those unfamiliar, visual novels are basically like a “choose your own adventure” book. There are character sprites and static backgrounds and music and voice acting and CG graphics at key events, and you usually go through the game in first person. You spend a lot of time reading, since, you know, it’s a visual novel. It’s common for them to have branching storylines, and depending on the game, several characters eligible to date. Here, I have a screenshot sitting around here somewhere…

Akazukin to Mayoi no Mori, the game I shall be putting on Kyle’s computer. Fair warning if you want to look it up: it isn’t quite SFW.

There are a lot of different types of visual novels. Phoenix Wright (DS) and Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS) both fall into this category. So does Katawa Shoujo (PC) and Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (PSP). Both Hakuoki and Akazukin (screenshot above) are otome games. Otome games are created with ladies in mind, have a female protagonist, and several characters (usually male) to fall in love with along the course of the adventure.

The manliest men play otome games, you know, because they’re comfortable with their sexuality and like some romance in their lives. ;D …but I think Kyle’s mostly playing Akazukin because the girl’s cute and there are some nice sex scenes. It’s like sexy Red Riding Hood! Hey, we’re adults, and we’ll play R-18 games if we want. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For the non-adults or for those who don’t want the occasional raunchy scene, there are plenty of otome games that aren’t R-18. Hakuoki isn’t, for instance. And that one’s in English, one of the only ones ever localized!

Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice) doesn’t have anything explicit, either. The manga series has gotten pretty popular over here in the States, so you may have heard of it. It’s based on QuinRose’s game series.

If you’re interested, get yourself a game, and I’ll show you the basics next week!

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