Question about tagging

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#1 by kei-tr
2021-06-04 at 18:37
< report >If a place in a vn based on somewhere really exist but its name in vn changed (differs from original) tags like Fictional Modern Day Japanese Town should be used?
#2 by butterflygrrl
2021-06-04 at 19:06
< report >personal opinion only - if it's really, really obviously meant to be a fake name version of a real place, full of extremely distinctive landmarks each with one character changed in their name, then I wouldn't call it fictional.

If it's inspired by a real place but it's not meant to be "100% exactly that place just don't sue us" then it's a fictional town.
#3 by ezezin
2021-06-04 at 19:48
< report >Well... in literature, fiction means "not real". By definition, almost every story is a fictional work (except some biographies). Even most educational works with some kind of narration are fiction in itself.
After saying that, unless the place the vn takes place is 100% real with nothing changed and using the same locations and names, then you can say is the same place as the real life. If just one little tinny thing is added or changed, then it's fictional.

Source: High School studies. That teacher sure had something about analizing literary works... Almost 70% of the class failed that exam just because one (famous local) buiding was not in the street it was suposed to be (among other weird things).

Keep in mind this not related to how VNDB says about how to use those tags. For example, that same tag is used for towns and cities, even if those things aren't the same.

Edit 1: If you understood that poor explanation of mine (I'm sorry if that's the case) here i wrote one little quiz about this topic (answer in spoiler): If you have a story that takes place in a fictional Akihabara (Steins;Gate) and another one that takes place in a realistic Akihabara (Tadai Mahiro), will you use Modern Day Akihabara for both VNs, for one of the two or for none? Try not to cheat by looking at those games tags ;) Answer: Both of them, since Modern Day Akihabara doesn't specify if it's fictional or realistic.Last modified on 2021-06-04 at 20:43
#4 by kei-tr
2021-06-05 at 05:05
< report >If vn says to me story takes place in Akihabara I would tagged with Modern Day Akihabara regardless of how much it resembles real world Akihabara (not that I could discern how much it resembles Akihabara, and I doubt most users here could).

But my case was different. In my case city in vn named X but it resembled city Y in real world...

Enough with abstract examples. I found out that even though this really famous vn tagged with Fictional Modern Day Japanese Town it resembled this differently named city in real world. I didn't inspected it thoroughly but I can recognize a few of the landmarks from vn. There is also this festival mentioned in vn (and shown in anime) specific to that city... (yeah... its real). So, in this case should it really be tagged with Fictional Modern Day Japanese Town?Last modified on 2021-06-05 at 05:12
#5 by ezezin
2021-06-05 at 05:33
< report >It's still fictional, according to what i was taught (I don't know how VNDB handles in these kind of cases). No matter how closely the city and it's culture resembles to the real world, because the author used other name (I would guess not a real one) that would make that tag the correct one to use.Last modified on 2021-06-05 at 05:35
#6 by naiohoras
2021-06-05 at 06:01
< report >#4, if it were me, yes, or at least, I wouldn't downvote them. I'd tag it as Fictional Modern Day Japanese Town as long as the VN doesn't explicitly says that it is taken place in that particular place in real life. like you said, most users wouldn't know the actual place unless if we do some research, and we would not know the actual real life-fiction ratio unless some you're a local.
it is not incorrect if we're going by the desc either, and it will give people a general idea of the VN's setting.Last modified on 2021-06-05 at 06:02

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