Visual-Novels Category

Information, contracts, deals, cultures, and bid'ness

My boss doesn’t tell me everything going on, does yours?

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The quagmire that is game licensing

Welcome to the dark side. Watch your head, because it’ll hurt. Bad.

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Fan group decides licensing is too slow, releases things... oh boy

Just when I was thinking I needed to finish writing an article I had half-finished on the “value” of a fan-translated script, a crazy bomb drops out of seemingly nowhere.

So VN translation group Amaterasu decided yesterday that they had enough of waiting for Mangagamer and various Japanese game companies to come to a negotiation, and decided to just release their patches yesterday.

This isn’t going to be pretty.

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AX 2011 Report - Visual Novels

Every year, Anime Expo, happens to be one of the biggest industry gatherings of the visual novel industry. The event draws in industry people not just from the West, but also people from Japan. Here’s some of what happened in 2011.

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1 Year anniversery of Narcissu 2 Eng. Let's get people to play it!

It’s been 1 year since the release of Narcissu 2 English Edition, and really, more people should know about this wonderfully moving game.

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Modern VN translation economics are broken

They’re broken, and heading in a direction of continued brokenness. This has been something that has been nagging at me for years, and as the years have gone by I find the industry moving in the direction that most worried me.

What’s broken you ask? In a word, sustainability. The industry is facing pressures from all sides that make it downright unattractive to run a proper business. On top of that, it’s embarking on a strategy that’s at best slippery slope in order to stay afloat.

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Kitto sumiwataru asairo yori mo review

It’s been a long while since I’ve full-completed a game thanks to having no time. But this one’s special. Propeller’s Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori Mo just worth it.

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Release - Narcissu2 Micro Test

Today, May 16, 2008, marks the 1 year anniversary of the Japanese release of Narcissu Side 2nd.

Since that day, Haeleth and I have been working on the translation project; days, nights, weekends, whenever we had time. I can’t speak for Haeleth of course, but I know that I’ve spent more than 500 hours on this project.

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ef the first tale full game project, started

And I had said I had no intention of translating ef… funny how life turns out.

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Nagisa no, thoughts in one playthrough

It’s Summer! It’s Sparkly! There’s cute girls! It’s in the middle of the sticks?

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