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We ordered lube and rubbers online and because we spent more than $20 they sent us a free (too-big-to-use) dildo. So…
to big to use….?
You know, I’m glad you asked, because it allows me to print a correction.
I originally said it was too big to use, but yesterday I learned an important lesson about determination and believing in yourself.
if you like visual novels/awesome story telling games please check out sweet fuse and hakuoki!!!!! they have the most amazing stories ever and they’re so engaging and awesome and it’s less romance than anything and they’re SO GREAT PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT
I mean, it’s an Otome game, so it’s going to be heavily focused on romance. But it does feel like an accessible Otome game, if that’s what you mean. There’s an overall plot and you’ll have to play the game at least twice to get it (I ended up playing every route, so…seven play throughs?), so that was fun to learn. If you like character-driven stories, you might like Sweet Fuse.
Name one other game you’ve played that has any kind of player-driven relationships between characters that doesn’t involve romance.
It’s cool, I’ll wait.
I mean, I’m sure they exist, and it wouldn’t be that hard to come up with examples to prove me wrong (in fact, I’d like to see them hint hint) but 99% of games where relationships are A Big Deal have romance, usually as a pretty big element. But I mean, how many people were asking “I’m pretty sold on this Mass Effect thing but I donno I hear there’s kissing how kissy do they get?”
And not just games, look at any kind of media. They’re full of romance, or at least people getting together romantically. Nobody minds. Hell, we love that shit! We eat it up! I hate romance and I still love it! It’s just one part of a story, and when it fits into the story well it makes everything better. Since I won’t shut up about it lately, go watch Redline, it’s a great example.
The roundabout “point,” for me at least, is that this question comes up a lot, and it always bugs me because there seems to be this unspoken assumption that if this game is about Romance and it’s For Girls then that makes it worse. Whenever someone asks me this question in an interview I feel like the unspoken question is more like “Games made for women can’t possibly be good because they’re about dumb things like romance, so can you explain why I should care about this game?”
In my opinion at least, the truth is you should care about it for a lot of reasons, including the romance. Especially the romance! Redline wouldn’t be the same movie without the romance. Neither would Secretary or Return of the Jedi, or a ton of other movies. The romance plots in Mass Effect add a ton to your emotional investment, and I stopped playing Persona 4 after I hooked up with Chie because there was no way it was going to get better than that.
So yeah, romance is going to be a part of an otome game. If you just aren’t keen on romance, fine, romance isn’t for everyone and there’s nothing wrong with that. What I’d just like to see less of is this conflation of “for women” with “bad.”
Also, sorry Anonymous Question Asker, this isn’t really about you per se, I’ve just had to answer that question way too many times. :(
What is the biggest barrier to Otome games ‘catching on’ in North America, and what would you do to fix that?
Ben Bateman: I think one of the biggest barriers is just lack of acceptance of visual novels in general. They’re still pretty new in the west, and I think people either aren’t read to accept them as “games” or aren’t quite sure what to do with them yet. As the visual novel genre gets more “normal” I think otome games will start to catch on more.Unfortunately I also feel like there tends to be an undercurrent to the discussion of otome games in the games press that runs along the lines of “Ah yes, games for women obviously those can’t be very good/ha ha how quaint and adorable, games for women.” I actually talked about it on Tumblr a bit,if you feel like reading it. Although part of this is tied into the larger issue of how our society looks at gender and sexuality, some of it is just a result of how the discourse happens with these games. Press members play into it by asking questions like “Can guys enjoy otome games too? What’s in there for them?” (spoiler: yes, they can) and I play into it too by offering answers like “WellHakuoki doesn’t have that much romance and there are samurai and supernatural stuff and political intrigue.” These kinds of questions aren’t really getting to the bottom of anything, they’re just reinforcing the idea that these games are something other, something outside what we consider “real games.I feel like right now otome games kind of get treated like a curiosity, and that ends up marginalizing them, and their fans—and discouraging potential fans. My hope is that the popular image of them can become more “normalized” for lack of a better word. Nobody thinks twice about a game where the point is to spend 6 hours murdering aliens—how is that so much less odd than a game where you spend 15 hours trying to kiss boys? For our part, I think we can help by trying to present and market these titles as fully rounded experiences—not just falling back on “Look ladies, HOT MENS” as an advertising strategy—and encouraging people to talk about them. The more titles there are, the more all this stuff will happen. Right now, they’re still pretty new, but I have high hopes.
Saw these on facebook *o* and i wasn’t sure if anyone has seen it on tumblr so i wanted to share it out.
these are not my scans! There is a link below the images that show the website.
the illegal downloading in the US is a lot of the reason a lot of shit doesn’t get translated into English from Japan like it’s not profitable and I want more games v__v please