Your VN reading habit changed through time?

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#1 by transcendence
2018-12-31 at 14:53
How has your VN reading habit changed through time? The first time I really got into the medium, I voraciously read the popular stuff in a short amount of time. I was a university (undergraduate) student back then, and I remember excitedly rushing back home after classes to read some more, like a silly grade schooler.

Unfortunately, I was only able to sustain that level of immersion for maybe two years at most. At some point, the time I spent reading VNs have decreased, due to many factors like losing an accessible laptop, graduate school, and a social life that was starting to get pretty demanding. The social life factor is an especially sensitive one for me. Back during my undergraduate years, I sort of kept my social interactions minimal. Those times when I was happily content reading VNs and being by myself are times that I secretly yearn for lately.

Nowadays, I hardly have time to play games and read VNs due to work (that I love doing by the way), and a steady girlfriend. The past two years or so, I think I only finished reading two or three VNs, which is quite sad. And even then, I feel like I wasn't as immersed to the stories as I was before. I think I have started 'outgrowing' anime, manga, and VNs in general. Not that I suddenly started to realize that these mediums are trash as a whole, but lately I am being really picky with what I play, read, or watch. For example, I don't think I would be as pumped at reading Sharin no Kuni as I was back then. It might just be a sign of maturation on my part, or god forbid, I am starting to be a really, really bored and tired adult.

So how was it for you? I'm just curious at how others have fared? Especially those who have been in this community for some time already.

Anyway, sorry for blogging, I think the usual melancholy as the year changes got me. Happy new year, and I wish VNDB stays for a long time as a little home for this small community.Last modified on 2019-01-01 at 13:17
#2 by harleyquin
2018-12-31 at 15:01
Hasn't changed in over a decade. Only thing which has is the language ability.
#3 by bobjr2000
2018-12-31 at 16:03
I have only been reading past 2 years. But I had interest in early 2000s but had 0 idea what vn really was, how to read and get access to it.

It was like getting a quick glance at leprechaun and forgetting about it all these years later. I mention because of harely seems funny how much I take for granted now. Habits are mostly same though became more picky now that I am not just grabbing the only things I could find.
#4 by kiru
2018-12-31 at 19:11
Yes and no. When I was reading VNs not too much, I didn't really know the beauty of ctrl yet. That's pretty much the only thing that changed. It's somewhat of a pity, but overall just close to impossible to not be a ctrl user given the padding issues the medium suffers from.

I case you don't know, ctrl usually has the function "skip unread text" in VNs. H-scenes, repeated text that the game doesn't consider as repeated text or simply ridiculously boring/bad parts. Usually a game gets dropped when serious ctrl usage is necessary though, as you can hardly get back "into it" then. It can save yourself a lot of unenjoyable time though, if the game is fairly episodic or it's simply about skipping a full route you don't care about. (route enforcement actually rarely happens for good reasons..)
#5 by komocakeps
2018-12-31 at 19:24
#4 I find ctrl to be too fast to skip. sometimes you will end up missing some small jabs even in a boring scene. always end up spamming enter instead.
#6 by spidey01
2018-12-31 at 20:49
My exposure to VNs has been fairly recent but generally my tastes change with time.


Curiosity (I blame anime) lead me to try Doki Doki Literature Club last year: which I enjoyed a lot. Some time later a friend pointed me at a Humble Bundle of VNs, which I largely enjoyed. My supply of games has only expanded since then.

I've generally found my habits in gaming change a to over the years. A lot of my gaming life was dominated by shooting and simulation games. Today I am more often interested in adventure games.

Sometimes it's because of shifts in social life, other times in taste. Younger me would probably like VNs but often played games with friends quite often, so my tastes often matched. Older me tends to be more solitary and burst-driven in how I play. Likewise I've come to appreciate games that are heavier on the story even more as time has gone on.

In another decade: I expect that I'll still play VNs. But my tastes in them and gaming in general will probably have changed. Much as they have over various 5-10 year intervals of my life. Oddly, my tastes and habits in other things like books haven't changed as much as my habits (free time).
#7 by kamenreader
2018-12-31 at 22:37
I guess the main thing that changed is that I don't focus on a VN till the end anymore and then begin to play a new one, I now generally begin and play multiple VN sof different genre and style and play them in turn depending of my mood this generally mean that I finish a bunch at the same time
#8 by dioruka
2019-01-05 at 19:59
I have read visual novels for only about 4 years now when I started I picked VN based on me liking a single character and so I would only play that one characters route but now when ever I play a visual novel I feel the urge to finish everything I could possibly do in it
#9 by edgeyboi
2019-01-06 at 12:32
I moved from otome-only to non-eroge to eroge vns. Also, I started out with highly popular companies, then slowly moved towards indie ones, but it's been really hard to find good gems amongst indie vns tbh.

It's actually hard to predict how my future with VNs will be like, especially when I have a bias over story-rich point-and-click adventures like Ace Attorney and 999, rather than VNs in general. In fact, I might have been playing VNs due to the shortage of games like AA and Zero Escape series.
#10 by sanahtlig
2019-01-25 at 02:20
I play a lot more doujin titles with niche appeal these days.
#11 by nanashikuhaku
2019-01-25 at 12:56
Well mine kinda changed as years goes by. The one that literally hooked me to play VN was the anime TWGOK (The World God Only Knows). I think it was when I was in high school. Since I don't have that much of a social life back then. I was able to breeze through a lot of VN in just a month. Things get kinda hectic when I was in college because of my internship in school. That time I can only finish 4 VN a week and when I did graduate and became a teacher 1 or 2 VN per month. So I'm kinda struggling with the VNs that are gradually piling in my backlogs and I'm having a hard time choosing which to read first. Well for now I'm reading and playing some of it in moderation because work is kinda getting in my way (or is it the other way around?).Last modified on 2019-01-25 at 12:59
#12 by ives
2019-01-25 at 15:06
Mine never really changed much. I've been playing for 2 years now and it's just switching to new vns one after another when the romance routes I'm only interested in is done. Sometimes when I read engaging stories like g-senjou or have a great cast like majikoi, I complete all routes cause I never get bored of it.
#13 by firebind2
2019-01-25 at 16:06
Not really, I play VNs every so often usually when I want to relax.

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