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  1. 2 points
    The passion a lot of the fans have is a big positive. They want more releases in English (and other languages) and have definite opinions on companies, practices, and individuals involved in the localization. The biggest negative is the sheer number of pirates compared to the number of people who actually spend money. So many of the pirates have an absurd justification for pirating and there will never be a visual novel that they would pay for. I've seen everything from a single misspelled word to a bad experience at a company's booth years ago as their justification for pirating all of a company's titles. I think piracy in general has a much bigger impact on titles with fewer sales - and since most visual novels don't sell very many copies, piracy has a major effect on them. The other thing that bothers me are the many people who only like the releases in Japanese and always complain about English releases. They hate all localizers and standard localization practices. Review sections seem to attract a lot of these people. When I'm looking at a review, I want to know how the visual novel compares to other visual novels released in English or other visual novels from the same company. And it is sometimes really hard to tell if the reviewer who is complaining hates all English releases or if there was something wrong with this particular visual novel.
  2. 1 point
    For me, the largest indicator of a VN's subjective quality is how long it lingers in the reader's mind after they finish it. No matter how objectively good the writing or storytelling may be, if the reader simply "moves on" after its end without thinking back on the experience, then it hasn't left much of an impression. Sure, you can discuss how good it was with friends or write a review on it, (in fact, writing a review is a good way to put into perspective why you liked what you read) but forgetting most of the details within a few weeks is a pity in my mind. But which works have lingered in your mind for months, or even years after finishing it? They don't need to come to mind every day, but when you ask yourself which stories and worlds you felt spoke out to you, or enraptured you, or seriously made you think, what names come to mind? For me, Rewrite and Little Busters are the two that left the largest impressions on me, mostly for personal reasons. I've actually played LB twice, the first was back when it was still a fan translation.
  3. 1 point
    The art looks fantastic. I would love to see this released.
  4. 1 point
    I usually move on after reading a VN, but first I take a break of, like, a week. I immediately know if the VN left a particular impression on me if starting another VN or just thinking about having finished the previous is a painful thought. You know, the story is over so you don't get to meet those characters again. The VNs that left me with this painful emotion are: Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, Umineko, Dies Irae, Tokyo Babel, If My Heart Had Wings, 11Eyes, Remember11, Grisaia no Kajitsu (still have to read the others, I'm taking my time to do that) and Root Double. Sometimes I find myself thinking about some scenes, OSTs, characters or quotes. But the most painful emotion comes from 11Eyes, since I would really like to read the CrossOver and the Resona Forma but none of them are translated. And by the way, to me every single VN I've read has left me something. The only question I pose myself everytime is "Do I regret spending my time to read this?". And until now, the only two answers I've got are "No. I've enjoyed it." or "I feel like my life was empty before reading this."
  5. 1 point
    Don't worry It had nothing to do with the USK. We're also big fans of gog.com but unfortunately, they won't accept any visual novels. There were threads about that on the gog forums in the past too so if you're interested you can look into that for more information. Right now we are looking for more storefronts where we could make the uncut version available for purchase!
  6. 1 point
    Something I tend to see a lot when people recommend visual novels is "well it's slow until you reach a certain then it's great". However, not as often I don't see much of "I just really liked everything from start to finish". I'm just curious what type of VNs do you tend to like more/rate higher? Something that consistently have entertaining/decent/good/great scenes or something where you're fine with it being slow for quite a bit of time as long as it builds to some amazing moments (some of the best in any VN) or it just stops being slow after a while and is just really good from a certain point? My personal favorites tend to be ones that are just more consistent entertaining/good to me, even if the highs may not be as good as other VNs I like
  7. 1 point
    It depends on what kind of story it is and what themes are being conveyed. Even short VNs like Planetarian can leave a long-lasting impression. Longer VNs are a long-term investment in which you learn more about the characters and the story-world steadily over time. Some stories like to thrust the central premise at you right at the start and incorporate the world building alongside it, while others have a twist late in the game where it shifts into the conflict that stays to the end. I'm a fan of either kind so long as it's interesting and entertaining. Though right now there are too many long VNs on my backlog that I'm not really sure how to go about reading them. It's the feeling where you want to speed through in order to get through the list, but also want to take your time to enjoy the story and its characters over several months.
  8. 1 point
    The longer the VN, the more interesting it is for me. I'm not a huge fan of VNs shorter than 15 hours. But if somebody tells me to read Saya no Uta, I do. Still, a longer VN means more character development, more slice of life in the beginning, and more things you get to know about characters. You fall in love with them, even with the villains. Maybe sometimes it can be a bit slow (like the common route of Rewrite has been for me) but I always know it's not wasted time. And after 30-40-80 hours spent on a VN, you finish it and you fall into a huge depression 'cause you'll never meet those beautiful characters again ç_ç
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