Anonymous sent: Out of the route in DDIWT, which one is the best/worth the money the most? I'm not impress with the whole game from Haruki's route, but I want to give another character another shot.
Yeah Haruki was kind of a weak one to start out with. I kind of flailed a lot with him. But for me Ichigo wasn’t any better. I just couldn’t get myself to like him. I’m still sitting on like chapter 5 of the sequel.
My favorites are Ryuzo and Takeshi. I think I experienced more shoujo manga vibe from Takeshi then I did anyone else.
I know people who loved Ichigo and didn’t like Ryuzo. But for the most part I think Takeshi is a good bet. But these guys seem pretty hit or miss with people. Or at least me.
I have yet to play Rihito’s route. I might do that tonight.
Not even the first I’ve heard of someone doing this and it really burns me up. :|
Yeah this was video no. 2 that she did. And I was like …
What really kind of ticked me off is the comment someone made about being addicted to these games was considered for “My Strangest Addictions” like really? Compare us to people who eat their own hair and toilet paper and such? Like yeah they have some strange habits and addictions that are yes medically explained. But WTF…
I remember why I stick to Makeup How To and Book YouTube videos.
Anonymous sent: Uhm, I wanted to ask, would you suggest Shall We Date?: Magic Sword? Is there something that let you down? I'm afraid I'm going to spend too much money on these games, so I want to be sure it will be worth it before I start throwing away my money.
Honestly I have only played Estel’s route. Because the Elf part appealed to me. I’ll give you my impressions and then tell you what I think about spending money on it. Here’s something that I’ve noticed with Solmare’s latest releases when it comes to stories
1. Too Fast Paced.
2. The main conflict is solved way to fast and way to ‘eh that was it’ type of way. There is no drama and it’s not emotionally moving. It’s one minute the guy is “I can’t be with you because of X, Y or Z” and the next he’s like “Haha I was just kidding we’re totally going to be together for life.”
Really I think there are better written stories.
Things I do like:
2. The world and that you have a mage, a warrior and an elf and King Arthur and Merlin is a woman and I think that’s awesome.
3. MC has pink hair need I say more? (I don’t even like pink)
Now as for buying the routes. I would say if the fantasy and art aspect don’t appeal to your tastes then I would save your money. I haven’t played Ray’s or Ethan’s routes yet. I plan on it but I like the fantasy and the art and I pretty much play anything so I’m a bit weird.
I think it’s an okay game. I don’t think it’s their best game but because of the fantasy aspect I’m sold.
Whenever I’m unsure about sinking money into a game though I usually hold off. I only really buy games and routes that I’m like “I don’t know if I’ll like that or if it’s worth it” when I have extra money to spare.
This new development has really made me think. I love watching LPs of games, and can honestly say that it has never…
If it wasn’t for LP Slenderman I wouldn’t know what the hell it was. But now I run like the wind when someone brings that up.
I can see where it sucks for the bigger named games that yeah LPs don’t really factor into my buying and play the game. But I fully support Voltage and any other Otome gameplay that gets taken down. But I guess it’s a double edged sword when it comes to copyright infringement. YouTube can’t be like oh these games can be uploaded but those games can’t because sadly when you enforce one thing because of copyright you have to do it across the board.
I mostly watch Twitch Streams now. But that’s for games that have like PVP and stuff.
I think it’s important to note that Voltage Inc. is not the bad guys here. They are not the first company to do this. I posted about this as a response but it might have been missed. YouTube is changing. Gaming companies do not like the amount of money LP’ers are making on YouTube. So they are kind of cracking down about their copyrighted game footage appearing on channels. Anyone who does Let’s Play videos that are not from a Managed YouTuber, will be affected by this. Unless you do Let’s Play of Blizzard games (World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo III) because that company has a written release on videos. This means the LPers are going to have to find new formats to do their videos that doesn’t involve a lot of gameplay footage. Which is really the point of Let’s Play right? So things will be changing.
There will be review processes whenever someone posts a new video. It doesn’t matter if you make zero money or a lot of money on YouTube. They are pretty much putting a stop to this type of video. It’s different if it’s a portion of the video and also called a news type of channel because then it falls under Fair Use. But even that could be affected.
Nintendo already came through and forced ads onto LPer videos so they also saw some income from the profit people were making on YouTube with their copyrighted games.
So before you say Voltage Inc. is bullying 15-18 yr old girls think again because they haven’t seen anything yet.
But then again there are the people on tumblr who post the CGs for the various routes of voltage games and there are others (including me…) who reblog it onto our blog. So I think it’s safe to say most of us are at fault too.
I don’t really see the problem with CGs, edits, or sreenshots of a route. That does not discourage someone from buying it. There’s a big difference between posting the entire route up for someone to view so they have no incentive to buy it, and sharing a funny screen shot on tumblr.
CGs, edits or Screenshots while one would think we are being the bad kids are not the same as a whole video. They fall under fair use. Where in you post a whole video of the whole route it’s now under copyright law. It’s not a portion it’s the whole shebang and now people don’t have a reason to buy the route anymore because yeah you just watched it all. Doesn’t matter if they just made some choices and not other it still kind of makes buying it go out the window.
Fair Use while yes we can still get “take down” notices of stuff we put up but chances of it happening are slim. For the majority Blogs are safe because of criticism, comment, etc the we all use as a platform of our blogs. This is Fair Use according to the US Copyright Office
"…a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.
The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
The nature of the copyrighted work
The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work”
Now things that wouldn’t fly…if you post screen caps of an entire route. That wouldn’t fly. It’s the same as posting a video. But for the most part blogs are pretty much covered by fair use.
So recently Voltage Inc. has told YouTube uploaders to STOP uploading their videos of the otome games we all know and love. To make matters WORSE they have already DELETED some youtubers’ accounts only a few days after sending them strikes to their blogs, ergo FORCING their accounts to be shut down and their videos erased. Ladies, in a few weeks it will be as if Voltage videos on YouTube never even EXISTED. I can understand that they don’t want their games freely published to the public but rather they prefer we pay them 3.99 for the routes, but seriously?
These girls have taken the time out of THEIR day to upload these videos only to find their time was wasted on nothing more than empty progress.
I am very disappointed in Voltage Inc. I can understand they have the copyrights and all, but deleting 15-18 year olds videos on YouTube? You’re better than that Voltage.
I’m sorry to butt in but…no. Voltage has every right to take down those videos because (copyright stuff aside) people uploading entire routes to their YouTube channels results in large financial losses for the company. People aren’t going to pay for what they can watch for free. Imagine every view on one of these videos being a potential customer and multiply by $3.99 — the cost stacks up pretty quickly.
Unlike the 15-18 year old girls who upload the videos as a hobby, these games are Voltage employee’s livelihood — if the game doesn’t sell well, a lot of good people aren’t going to get paid what they deserve.
And while these girls have taken a couple hours out of their day to upload something that they didn’t have the legal right to upload in the first place, employes at Voltage spends MONTHS developing these games (creating story/characters, writing code, drawing sprites/CGs, translating, marketing, etc.) only to have their hard-earned profits stolen from them by people who do things like this. If you think the unloaders are feeling like they wasted a couple hours of their life, you can imagine how the people at Voltage feel.
TL;DR; Voltage has every right to keep people from pirating their games because they work incredibly hard on their content and deserve every penny they can earn.
Not only all of the above but YouTube is changing. So a lot of people who do “Let’s Play” videos will most likely be stopping unless they have specific permission to use footage from a copyrighted game. So it’s not just Voltage Inc. who is doing this. Nintendo game makers and others will be doing it. Or YouTube will enforce it themselves because there will be a review process to make sure games are not being used illegally.