Happy May everyone! I’m settling into my new place while plowing through the Norn9 FD! 😀 Anyway I don’t really do too much of these things anymore but I was just thinking about all these PC games collecting dust on my bookshelf that I have nothing to do with. I came up with all these ideas in my head that I figured would be beyond 140 characters in my twitter account so I’m writing a post. Warning, this is a rant ;D
So we all know most otome games are on Vita/PSP (well I’m laughing and eyeing anyone left on the PSP at this point but I digress.) However there are still makers releasing PC games here and there but I just turn the other cheek whenever I see the system be listed as “PC”. This is my personal list of reasons why I will never buy otome PC games again:
1. They are extremely expensive.
Let’s face it, otome PC games are expensive. Prince Pia Carrot was 8800 yen and that doesn’t include all the money on top I paid for it to get the stupid Animate Set. Console otome always has their limited/regular editions which otomate’s case go for 7800/5800 yen respectively (if you buy from places like CD Japan they won’t charge you Japanese tax.) Ultimately, if you want first press you have to pay up and if you want to save money you have to wait months later and hope that Amazon Japan drops the price. Even if you argue that games like Taisho Alice are cheaper, you have to remember you’re only getting a few characters per segmented piece so in fact it’s actually more expensive. More on segments below. Sometimes the games have “cheaper” editions but oftentimes it feels like you’re actually losing content if you don’t get the ultimate one (like the Stellaworth set problem with Re;Birthday Song).
2. They are annoying to obtain.
The only store that I’m aware of that sells PC game for a discount price without having to use proxies/forwarding services is probably AmiAmi. I’ve had bad experiences with AmiAmi (like claiming something is in stock, then being out of stock, then forcing me to wait 3 weeks in hopes they’d get it back IN stock (╯；ಠ益ಠ；)╯︵ ┻━┻) so I prefer to never shop there anymore. ComiComi also allows you to preorder PC games buy they typically make you pay Japanese tax and you’re a gaijin so you’re last on their shipping priority list as far as they’re concerned. I’ve had decent experiences with them except the last one where they waited almost a week before shipping my item so I stopped buying there. Any other place I’ve ordered PC games from (Amazon japan, Animate, Stellaworth) all required me to use a forwarding service which as much as I love Baggage Forward it still tacks on extra costs for shipping to BF (except for Amazon), and then BF’s forwarding fees. Obviously when you use a forwarding service you’re not exempt from Japanese tax so yay even more fees! By the way yes I’m aware of things like YesAsia or any other stores that may or may not sell PC games without the need to proxy, but a lot of them jack up the price so high that it’s not even worth considering.
3. They are usually terrible because most of them come from 1 hit wonder makers.
Ok this is mostly coming from personal experience but MOST PC GAMES I’VE PLAYED WERE REALLY BAD. Seriously I think the last good PC otome game I played was Danzai no Maria CE a year and a half ago ಠ_ಠ. The reason being is that a lot of new makers take the safe route and release a PC game. Not only that but because it’s their first release they don’t know what to focus on, so they throw in EVERY POSSIBLE ELEMENT into it figuring at least ONE part of their game will please the player even if the other parts do not. For example with Pia Carrot I thought I was buying a game about a cute family restaurant but it turned out into intrigue over oil & wealth, amnesia, family problems like what the F? And don’t even get me started on companies who choose to go the R-18 route and throw in every possible rape/abuse element into their game. 🙄
The other problem is because they are a new maker their budgets are probably well low. They have to take the risk of getting good seiyuus and artists to attract buyers so they end up blowing money into that and then hiring some high school girl off the street to write the story. This kind of game ends up being basically like Hitofuta Kitan where you’re like damn everything is nice except the story is just utter shit like they…never managed to finish it and ran out of budget! Sometimes, the company’s first game is a hit though, like Mio’s Asaki Yumemishi, but then anything thereafter ends up like crap for some mysterious reason like Clover Library. I made a post a while back about “where are they now” otome game companies. A lot of those companies were 1 hit wonder PC makers who were never to be seen or heard from again.
4. They are frequently segmented now.
Do I even need to go into Double Score or Shinobazu 7? So many segmented games because companies figure well if we can’t make a hit with 1 game, let’s release a bunch of segments and hope we can make more money this way! Once Taisho Alice was announced I NOPE’d the hell out hearing that it’s a segmented series. It’s like if you wanna have pizza for dinner you can only buy 1 slice per night but you don’t wanna keep eating pizza every night. You just want to buy the whole damn pie for tonight and then have chicken wings tomorrow night! So yea I want my entire game all at once, because other than wanting the whole game I also don’t like spending EXTRA on the segments. When you combined the segments for Shinobazu 7 I believe it ended up being $200 or so for “1 game with 7 routes” :roll:. Some people like buying individual segments with all the separate goodies but with “Full game alternatives” on the market, no thanks. The only exception to this is games like Dot Kareshi because they’re so cheap and fairly entertaining, that I actually found it to be the only segmented game series worth the value it went for. To make it worse, some companies force you to buy EVERY segment in order to get a “special final character/route” so even if you want to save money by buying your characters.. m9(^Д^)ﾌﾟｷﾞｬｰ.
5. YOU CAN’T SELL THEM TO BOOK OFF.
Ok this one is extremely personal but seriously, I cannot sell these damn things to book off. If I buy a shitty PSP or Vita game, no problem, my local Bookoff will take it with open arms! Now try selling a PC game to them? NOPE. About 2 years ago they took my Ozmafia but not too long ago I tried to sell Prince Pia/Clover Library to them only to find out they no longer accept PC games. Great, now I can’t sell it at bookoff, and on ebay nobody wants this garbage (mostly cause it’s in Japanese and most buyers don’t wanna buy games they can’t understand.) So now I’m stuck with this stupid thing collecting dust & wasting space on my bookshelf cause I have no way to get rid of it. So now I’m like well if I buy this PC game and it sucks, I can’t get rid of it and have yet another dust collector to waste space! Wonder if any random import video game stores will take it >_>. I gotta do some research on this, surely somebody wants limited editions of these things right!? Oh and used book stores in Japan won’t take it either unless you’ve got a Japanese ID
6. Most of them get ported to console anyway.
Now this isn’t necessarily true for all PC games but all the GOOD SELLING PC GAMES USUALLY GET PORTED. Example with things like QR’s Alice series, QR Continent series, Starry Sky, Sangoku Rensenki, Ayakashi Gohan, Ken ga Kimi etc. All the best selling PC games will always get ported to the latest console (this time being Vita) with extra contents so now you get to PAY LESS FOR MORE. What a concept!? The only company I know that’s gone from console → PC with extra contents is Karin and they are the only exception. Fortunately I’ve never disliked any Karin’s games so I feel safe buying their PC “directors cut” editions.
7. The games are frequently buggy and require patches immediately upon release.
One thing with consoles is while they get firmware updates, it’s not as frequent. Therefore when companies release console games it’s not as often that they have bugs. I believe the norn9 FD has some bugs but I’m not far enough to experience them and Otomate released a patch recently. This and Seishun Hajimemashita are the only recent console bugs that actually come to mind. (And I guess Brothers Conflict Passion Pink had its share of problems as well.) Meanwhile pretty much every single PC game I have played required me to download a “patch” to fix a ton of bugs like skipping problems, save file problems, CG problems etc. I think the most infamous buggy PC game was Clover Alice but I never got to experience the horror because I got into the series after it was ported to console and played the whole thing on my PSP :lol:. I don’t know why companies release buggy games, I don’t know if it’s because of constant Windows Updates but I feel like bugs are a frequent plague of PC otome games releases.
That pretty much covers it for me and to why I will no longer blow my money on these expensive paper weights. The only exception to this entire post is Tetrascope because they are cheap, they are digital so I never have to deal with shipping/forwarding, they always have great quality, and I never have to worry about being ported to console because they’re a doujin maker. ( ･ิω･ิ）