Why Don't More People Read Visual Novels? Analysis

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#26 by behappyeveryday
2020-10-14 at 18:25
< report >@7 I hope that you don't really think like this, lol. The difference between VNs/books and anime/movies is in details, a perspective, and engagement. Movies and anime are just inferior when it comes to details and immersion, but they are easier to digest because you don't need to use your imagination.

@24 IDK why you mentioned Steins;Gate because its anime adaptation is one of the most popular and well-received animes out there. There are probably more people who knows about Steins;Gate than about visual novels, lol.
#27 by ecchihieronymus
2020-10-14 at 18:58
< report >#24 Schlaefer

Have I ever asked you where you got your nick from? Is it just an affinity for German or have you played Gothic?
#28 by schlaefer
2020-10-14 at 21:32
< report >@26 that was under the assumption that one doesn't know about it. Because it doesn't have an obvious Japanese name and if you only describe the general story it's pretty neutral. It doesn't have this moege-vibe to it that would really make uninformed people question your character when you tell them about it. So there's really no reason you can't talk about it. And I mean there are a lot of books where people would also shrug their shoulders because they never even remotely heard about them. One being a book and the other being a VN doesn't change much in that case.
Like, 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight that might be kind of... you know what to some people, reading VNs doesn't make you a person of poor taste as much as anything else. (not that I've actually read/seen either, only hearsay)

It's more because VNs are kind of "new" to the west that people might be wary. Like being the only black person in a bus full of white people. Of course some people will look at you in a different way, they don't even have to be racist, it's a natural reaction. We don't have many black people were I'm from, so seeing one is rarer than a four-leaf clover. But I believe that you would just get used to it like people would get used to VNs with enough time and exposure.

And if you look at it. A few yours ago we had mostly fan-translation. Now there's a market and they are on steam.
So the question "Why don't more people read VNs?" is similar to "Why don't more people eat Borscht?"

On another note, I'm also sceptical about what would happen IF visual novels became more popular. If localization companies decided to cater to a broad mass, that could also mean easy cash grabs and censoring. For instance I don't play that much AAA games anymore because for me they are not that exciting anymore and seem all similar. Instead I look at indie games that might have innovative ideas. But for companies they would be too much of a speculation.
And a lot of games have some content or features cut so they can be sold to people under 18.
I guess we should be glad that there are Eroge that create a clear difference between 18+ and everything else. So we get some stuff like Euphoria. Doesn't make much sense to censor this if it's still 18+. But with the other stuff from steam you have to hope for a patch. I don't know if we will still get them if a mass of all-ages consumers joined the mess. (aside from unofficial patches)
I believe most of the seasoned readers here are in one way or another used to sexual content. Even if they don't need it themself it would be a shame if it vanished completely.

...Okay, I wrote alot yet again. Sorry for that.

@27 I am German and I have played Gothic but I got the nickname because I'm such a sleepyhead.
#29 by ecchihieronymus
2020-10-14 at 22:43
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