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Old 12-07-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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Why not visual novels on Steam?

I would gladly pay for Japanese visual novel games (non-adult) if they were easily available on Steam.

Some kind of achievement system would be neat addon as well.

Content and genre

Many visual novels are centered around drama, particularly themes involving romance or family, but visual novels centered around science fiction, fantasy fiction, and horror fiction are not uncommon.

Traditionally, PC-based visual novels have contained risque scenes even if the overall focus is not erotic (similar to the "obligatory sex scene" in Hollywood action films). However, the vast majority of console ports do not contain adult material, and a number of recent PC games have also been targeted at the all-age market; for example, all of Key's titles come in family-friendly versions, and two have never contained adult content at all. Also, all of KID's titles are family-friendly.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:31 AM   #2
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I would not mind seeing more games from other countries just in general. I'm not sure that the current Steam demographic would be all that interested in these, but if Steam did decide to push forward in this regard, they would probably get a whole new section of people.

That said, it's not really Steam who would be doing the localization. Not many western companies seem eager to translate these sorts of things. Even most of the anime subs/translations are kind of lackluster. Manga can be better, but that is probably why they hike the price up for it.

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:37 AM   #3
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If this lead to steam getting the Dogwitch novels (look it up) I'd be the happiest person on the planet.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:42 AM   #4
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I think eventually Steam sees itself becoming THE DD Service for all media. Give it a few more years. Most people like one stop shopping if the price is right. Now all they need do is fix the silly Euro/Pound == Dollar thing and overthrow a few governments to get support in all countries.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:53 AM   #5
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What is the point in non-adult Visual Novel games?
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:59 AM   #6
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What is the point in non-adult Visual Novel games?
No one's talking about games here.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:05 AM   #7
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Why not music or movies or tv shows? Why not garden furniture or kitchens?

Steam sells games and strategy guides for said games. It's not a bad idea to stick to a niche in the market when you do it so well. Plenty of companies failed trying to expand in markets they're not familiar with.

If you see a hole in the market for DD of visual novels, perhaps create a startup yourself?
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:08 AM   #8
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I would rather stick to Games only. They are the best at what they do and I would hate for that to be wasted elsewhere. I like having a game only platform controlled by a private company.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:09 AM   #9
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Why not music or movies or tv shows? Why not garden furniture or kitchens?

Steam sells games and strategy guides for said games. It's not a bad idea to stick to a niche in the market when you do it so well. Plenty of companies failed trying to expand in markets they're not familiar with.

If you see a hole in the market for DD of visual novels, perhaps create a startup yourself?
music/movies/tv-shows != video games

Visual novels however are video games therefore Steam should consider them as a sellable product. If we can get games like Recettear on Steam I'm pretty sure we can get some other good Japanese titles out there.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:12 AM   #10
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music/movies/tv-shows != video games

Visual novels however are video games therefore Steam should consider them as a sellable product. If we can get games like Recettear on Steam I'm pretty sure we can get some other good Japanese titles out there.
What kind of logic says that visual novels are video games? This makes no sense at all.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:14 AM   #11
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What kind of logic says that visual novels are video games? This makes no sense at all.
A lot of them can be C.Y.O.A. style. It's a game, just not a type many westerners are used to.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:15 AM   #12
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A lot of them can be C.Y.O.A. style. It's a game, just not a type many westerners are used to.
I would call that closer to an interactive movie than a game.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:17 AM   #13
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No thanks I don't want a comic book seller as a requirement to play PC games.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:18 AM   #14
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A lot of them can be C.Y.O.A. style. It's a game, just not a type many westerners are used to.
A visual novel is a book with lots of pictures to show what's going on. Very much like larger comic books.

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No thanks I don't want a comic book seller as a requirement to play PC games.
This also makes no sense. Really, are you guys even thinking before posting?
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:19 AM   #15
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I would call that closer to an interactive movie than a game.
Fair enough, that's a little how I felt about Final Fantasy XII to be honest. Not that I didn't love it anyway.

Reccetear is a lot like one, though, and that seemed to go over well.
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