Why were you drawn to visual novels?

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#26 by acereishiki
2020-10-30 at 19:26
< report >Simple, for me VNs is the most complete form of storytelling. Whether the story itself, visuals, sound, or the porns if that is what you're looking, VNs has them all. They give you what you want and get things done.Last modified on 2020-10-30 at 19:27
#27 by amlab19
2020-10-31 at 15:29
< report >I was looking for games to download for my emulators and I decided to get ace attorney (even though that may not even be considered a visual novel). The main reason I play them now is for the great stories.
#28 by bulletkin
2020-11-23 at 20:27
< report >I like reading and gave DDLC a try because it was free. Did a bit of digging and found out that some of the anime and manga I liked were originally VN's, so I started reading more. Only thing that sucks about reading VN's is that I'm currently EOP. Most of the ones I want to read now aren't translated or are translated poorly.
#29 by brianhammerhand
2020-11-29 at 01:03
< report >Because there were not a lot of games for the Fujitsu Fm-Towns when I first bought it in Tokyo and I think I picked up Necronomicon because I also liked H.P. Lovecraft. I enjoyed the "visual novel" medium after that. I must admit though that I preferred the old sprite animations (blinking eyes, crawling creepy undead hand) to static CG images of later years that actually seems to regress the medium even with improved resolutions (though I realize some "animation" exists in scenes - it used to be throughout.
#30 by ffthewinner
2020-11-29 at 01:11
< report >Because I randomly saw a game called "Katawa Shoujo" in the gamefaqs top 10 active boards, learned that it is free, and thought to check it out. 68 minutes later, I was like "This is awesome! I want more of this!". Been a VN fan ever since (my 2nd favorite genre after WRPGs in fact! :).Last modified on 2020-11-29 at 01:13
#31 by xoxin
2020-12-02 at 11:23
< report >One day I watched someone play Katawa Shoujo. I was surprised by how interesting the story was, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Each entertainment medium will portray a story differently. I find visual novels an interesting blend of writing, visuals and music. Stories are told in a way which really draws me in. They can also be pretty refreshing compared to anime, books and video games in ways already mentioned by people.Last modified on 2020-12-02 at 11:25
#32 by ecchihieronymus
2020-12-02 at 11:48
< report >>Wanted to jack off
>knew of Meet 'n' Fuck games
>searched for sex games of shows/movies I like
>found FET (the second time ATLA/TLOK got me into a JP porn medium, the first time it was Shad's 'Lezzing of Korra' and hentai art 7+ years ago)
>had to use F95zone to get it
>while on there I found a treasure trove of sex games, people had KS signatures or quotes, and others compared this or that EVN to the EVN gold-standard that is KS in the reviews
>checked out KS
>here I am, nearly two years later, writing this comment with 400+ titles on my WL, learning JPLast modified on 2020-12-02 at 13:41
#33 by a-----a
2020-12-09 at 00:12
< report >Appropriate music for good girls at the right time is touching. Routes are optional as long as the story is good.
#34 by linhle8964
2020-12-09 at 04:15
< report >- This is where waifu war doesn't exist. Every heroine have their own ending.
- Rich and fulfilling story. Anime is restricted by episode duration, budget which make their story sometimes feel lacking. Light Novel and Manga have to wait every week, month to be completed. Visual Novel just need one full release and done.
- H Scene is a plus
#35 by shoujomiko
2020-12-20 at 19:21
< report >I heard visual novels were more disturbing and uncensored than anime and manga, so I started with things like saya no uta and euphoria just for the shock value lol, but I ended up really liking the format and plots and it's also helpful I can learn japanese by reading them.
#36 by taiketsu
2020-12-20 at 21:15
< report >Did start reading vn's kinda randomly when i saw hoshiuta and got saya no uta recommended since i liked reading and since then i read a majority of my time vn games.
Its nice how its like a book just better and u can say "stop/save" and continue later at almost any time aslong it has no real gameplay so yeah great for some reading hours.
#37 by meltyextra
2020-12-23 at 21:04
< report >I like how the storytelling is more free than other media and there's a lot of ways to use the medium to your advantage (like routes in general or unlockable stuff).
And I'm fresh out of overpowered protagonists in other japanese media so...
#38 by niks
2020-12-23 at 23:07
< report >I used to like RPGs a lot. When I started to analyse what I like in RPGs in particular I realised I don't care all that much about things like grinding, loot or battles and instead my main source of enjoyment is the ability to participate in a good story and affect the world around and the story. So to maximise my entertainment I figured I'd rather play/read a medium that does just that.
#39 by acereishiki
2020-12-24 at 10:50
< report >I will give my opinions again, even though I already did it once, that's just how much I love VNs.

For me, Visual Novels is the culmination of many forms of media. You will experience the joy of reading novel and manga, and also the the joy of watching movie and anime. Granted, the visual aspect will be inferior to anime, but that kind of judgement is the same as the argument of gamers saying graphic is everything in video games, which isn't true. There's a reason why it's called "playing" a Visual Novel, not "watching". You are not an audience watching a story unfold on a screen, you are the main character experiencing that story, that's why most VNs have non-voiced MCs. And don't forget one of the most important aspect of Visual Novel that many other media don't have, interactivity (except for Kinetic Novels, I always rate them lower even if they have good story, but that's just my opinion). The epic story and drama of plotge, the massive collection of waifu materials in moege, the bittersweet roller-coaster of feelings in Nakige, the depressing and mood dropping tear-jerker for masochists in Utsuge...

And don't forget the H-scenes on them nukiges.Last modified on 2020-12-24 at 11:16
#40 by aragami1408
2020-12-28 at 13:55
< report >Been watching anime for ten years (since 2010). I saw a lot of those that are adaptations from VN. That's why at this time I'm trying some VN from their adaptation to enjoy its originality. Also, this contributes to my love for otaku stuff!
#41 by luckydaikon
2020-12-30 at 21:01
< report >I've always found VNs interesting, but I really go into them when I was studying for the JLPT N1. I found them to be a great way to work on listening comprehension without slacking on my reading. I focus on listening to the voiced lines first. If I don't completely understand the line I replay it. If I still don't understand I go to the text. If I don't understand a word in the text I make a flashcard out of it, etc.

Of course I also enjoy the illustrations and the stories!
#42 by aters
2021-01-01 at 13:31
< report >Pure accident. I was just some kid downloading pirated games that popped up a lot on the Internet discussion board, some of them happened to be VNs.
#43 by mcmullengage
2021-01-09 at 07:57
< report >I saw Everlasting Summer was free on Steam and that sucked me into the rabbit-hole.
#44 by marc402
2021-01-09 at 11:56
< report >I got into DDLC first and liked it enough to explore the medium more. I always liked reading novels, but VNs have have the advantage of being able to be much longer plus you get to choose your own routes along the way. I also like anime but don't find them to be as fulfilling as VNs.
#45 by godot
2021-01-09 at 19:08
< report >Damn, I haven't visited this website since two weeks after I posted this, and I didn't expect that many answers! There isn't really a reason that I asked this question apart from pure curiosity, but it's nice to see so many different points of views that unite this somewhat small community. Personally, there isn't really a reason that made me play VNs at first apart that I saw a lot of potential for storytelling in it, but after playing some of them that referenced other books (Subarashiki Hibi or Koshotengai no Hashihime), I started to read those books and from there I started to read more and more. So it isn't my love for books that made me read VNs, but my love for some VNs that made me start read more, which is kinda weird haha. Anyway, thanks for all your answers, I'll make sure to read them!


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