How Long Have You Been Reading Visual Novels?

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#1 by zeldamaster7453
2016-04-22 at 19:16
< report >(Sorry, before hand apology due to the wall of text)

I've been Interested in Visual Novels for a many years, but never had a computer or money to play them.

In the last year and a half or so I've finally got a chance to get my lifelong dream started. I bought a computer last summer and a few VN's to get me going.

Namely: Rewrite and School Days.

Last summer I finished those two and realized it took me a while to complete them....Soon I'm going to be working and not having as much free-time as I once had.

When I was playing Rewrite, It took me like a month and a half
(Giving at least 8 hours of straight play time per day.) I know Rewrite is a Very Long novel, but I also kinda got sick of reading so I'd take a 2 week break every so often.

I wondered if If I'd still have time to read these Beautiful written stories that have kept me going these last few years of my life.

When I look at other peoples VN List I see a ridiculously large amount of Completed VN's.

When do you have he time to read these? How long have you put into VN's?

I ask these questions of you to see my future standing in the world of Visual Novels.

Thank youLast modified on 2016-04-22 at 19:17
#2 by silence
2016-04-23 at 11:14
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I wondered if If I'd still have time to read these Beautiful written stories that have kept me going these last few years of my life
I only have 1 ot 2 hours for VN reading once in a day. Because of my work. If you also have a wife and children, then forget about reading VNs xD

When I look at other peoples VN List I see a ridiculously large amount of Completed VN's.
That's because most of people believe that after finishing only a single route out of 12, they have finished the whole VN.

How long have you put into VN's?
12 years or so, in my case.Last modified on 2016-04-23 at 11:15
#3 by gabezhul
2016-04-23 at 11:59
< report >I started reading VNs since a little before I joined the site, so... about nine years, roughly? Maybe a bit more, as I was playing/reading some hybrids before I even knew what a VN was.

As for how much time I spend of VNs, it's really hectic. When I was in high school, I had huge, several hour blocks in the afternoon and evening when I could read, since I didn't have to study (I was pretty much one of those infuriating, lazy honor students who could consistently get "A"s and "B"s in every subject without studying at home).

When I went on to the university, I mostly read in the evenings, but I could stay up until very late, so the average time I had for VNs (and other stuff) didn't really change.

Since I entered the workforce though... Well, the biggest change is that I cannot stay up for so long, since I have to get up at 5:30 at the latest and get home around 17:45 (it's because of the commuting, I actually only work 8 hours at the office). Combine that with the fact that I am a media omnivore, meaning I play a wide variety of video games, read books, watch movies, watch anime, and follow about three dozen YouTube channels, it's sometimes pretty hard to make time for VNs as well.
#4 by transcendence
2016-04-23 at 17:26
< report >I started reading around almost 4 years ago, but I''ve been aware of the existence of VNs even before that.

During my first year, I ate VNs voraciously, I think. I remember spending my vacation reading VNs, and I can remember spending the whole day reading. It's quite nostalgic, I wish I could could still enjoy VNs now as much as I did back then, it was sort of magical. After that one year I sort of weaned off on VNs, and reading then became an on and off thing.

I'm in grad school now and have a more flexible schedule, I now try to read regularly around an hour or two before sleeping. That, or I play games, or watch anime, or read manga.Last modified on 2016-04-24 at 14:08
#5 by zeldamaster7453
2016-04-24 at 02:00
< report >Wow, compared to me I'm just a rookie. I've known about visual novels for a while, but I recently just started reading them.

I feel a bit better knowing that busy people like yourself can squeeze in some Reading time. I was afraid I wouldn't have time to read like I did in the summer.

Thanks for your responses, they helped a bunch!
#6 by formis
2016-04-24 at 08:41
< report >Well, it depends, I might've stumbled upon a few VNs in the past without kowing about the genre. I started actively reading them about a year ago before registering here, starting with several indie ones like Katawa Shoujo.

I've got a few dozen downloaded and ready to be played (about 2/3 of my wishlist), just can't find the time right now while finishing up college. On top of that I also play PC games, watch anime, cartoons, movies, read manga and books (I already have several games, a few hundred anime and a few dozen manga waiting in a backlog along with the VNs). With some VNs having dozens of different adaptations in manga and anime it's also the issue of which I should watch/read/play first and what is worth watching/reading/playing.Last modified on 2016-04-24 at 08:45
#7 by pendelhaven
2016-04-24 at 13:27
< report >definitely earlier than what my join date in this site says. that's over 6 years.

and it seems I'm not the only one who has more hobbies than he could chew. I could really use more time, even though I work at home as a sysadmin.Last modified on 2016-04-24 at 13:52
#8 by prodyzer
2016-04-24 at 17:02
< report >About 4 years,
Started with katawa shoujo then moved on to fan translated VNs like hoshizora memoria, majikoi, kono oozora ni tsubasa, grisaia, and nearly all other fan translated VNs.

Went on with machine translation, got fed up with it, moved on to just using the parse function (romaji on top of hook-text) on non translated charages (low difficulty in term of vocabulary)

Continued watching anime, listening to Jap songs, also started learning jap in university (2years). Now, I'm glad I can play almost all VNs without much difficulty.

I spend most of my free time playing VNs, and watching a couple of on-going anime every season. Enjoy spending time at home than going out party.Last modified on 2016-04-24 at 19:17
#9 by sanahtlig
2016-04-24 at 22:16
< report >I started playing English VNs in around 2002. I started reading JP VNs with the aid of machine translation in 2006, and gradually transitioned to parsing starting around 2012.Last modified on 2016-04-24 at 22:19
#10 by eiesoldar
2016-04-25 at 03:45
< report >It began in 2002, when I bought PC and there were 4 VNs among my first 10 completed games (for PC) - Ring Out!!, Paradise Heights 2, True Love and Transfer Student (not counting Interactive Girls Club, which can be called VN as well). Since all 4 were originally PC98 titles, I reserved a special place for VNs of PC98 times in my heart ^^ 301 completed VNs for Windows and ??/261 for PC98. Not a bad result, I suppose.
#11 by encrypted12345
2016-04-25 at 04:29
< report >2010, about. I consider Fate Stay Night as my first VN. I played Phoenix Wright games before that but I consider them first person adventure games, and I wasn't aware of the term VN anyways.

I played VNs a lot when I first really got into them. Not as much anymore, but between anime, manga, and video games, that's to be expected. Sometimes, I go months without VNs; sometimes, I finish a big one within a couple of days.
#12 by nutellafan
2016-04-25 at 05:08
< report >At the time of writing, I've completed 148 VNs; at least playing 20~30 per year (since I started reading VNs in 2010, I know that mathematically, this is around 24~25 per year but the specific amount I played in each year tends to fluctuate).

To note, I only put "Finished" on ones I've 100% completed. That being said, I've yet to leave a VN unfinished regardless of how much I find it boring, unlikable, etc. because I think it isn't fair to rate something until you've *at least* done all routes (including hidden ones) of the most complete/up-to-date version of the VN available.

zeldamaster7453, I also wonder how those users with thousands of completed VNs to their name find the time. Many of them started around the same period I have; maybe a bit earlier, maybe a bit later. Though like silence mentioned in post #2, perhaps a difference in what they consider "Finished" is a major factor.

When do you have he time to read these? How long have you put into VN's?

I'm a full time student with a part time job, work placement/experience/internship during my "holidays" and a fairly active social life, so I don't have a lot of time save for the weekends. If it's a weekend in which I'm not doing anything, I tend to play VNs in big blocks of time. Also, I get through many VNs during the holidays in which I have less or no placement. Otherwise, I'm left with half-days (like after college, work, placement or a social event) to get a few hours in.

It helps that I'm single with no kids, so that's two big time sucks I don't have to worry about.

As for how long I've been reading VNs... I technically came across my first VNs in the early 2000s, though I became a regular VN reader around 2010. So I'd say I've been regularly reading VNs for about 6 years.
#13 by tinkerbell
2016-05-02 at 22:10
< report >more than 6 years.
it's the VNs that have been teaching me Japanese...
and how grotesque a VN can be....xD
#14 by roadi
2016-05-03 at 00:22
< report >The last 5 years, perhaps.

Started with english translated ones; got fed up with the usually low quality of translation and general rarity of titles available; learned to read japanese in about 8 months (Anki was my friend - the way to learn); and started reading the original works thence (about 4 years ago).

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