How did you discover otome?
Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:19 AM
I'll start with my story.
I've been a gamer most of my life, and a japanofile for around ten years. I became aware of dating sims several years ago, when some anime magazines and internet articles mentioned the popularity of Tokimeki Memorial in Japan. There was a casual mention of similar games for girls, but at the time I wasn't interested --partly because there weren't any titles in English at the time, and partly because I have a strong dislike towards romance books, "chick flicks", soap operas, and other forms of popular romance.
I've always been into RPGs, especially RPGs made by a company called Bioware. Bioware RPGs are very story- and character-centric and your character (male or female) can form all sorts of relationships with the other characters of your party, including romantic ones. I shrugged off the first couple of romance arcs I encountered because the characters didn't appeal to me. Finally, when I was playing Hordes of the Underdark and the husky-voiced Valen became involved with my character, I found my interest piqued. Next I played Jade Empire, and I found myself becoming giddy when Sky started flirting with my character. I think I might have squeed at the kiss in the end. I started having a feeling this romance thing, at least in games, was my thing after all!
Next, I wanted to replay Baldur's Gate, and found out that fans had made all sorts of handy mods for it, including romances. Of course I had to try them out! This time my party had four men to romance, and I was utterly, completely, insanely HOOKED! This is a bit embarrassing to admit. I've always thought of myself as a sensible, non-emotional person. But I won't lie. I think I was a little lovesick for Gavin. Okay, maybe a bit more than little. I had butterflies in my stomach and I think I swooned a little at the first kiss. Not just that, Xan's flirts made my skin tingle! I played the game obsessively and it was over too soon. Needless to say, I wanted more! I started playing more Bioware games (and downloading fan mods), and also at this point I remembered reading about romance games earlier. I wondered if any of those romance games for girls had had any English translations while I wasn't looking. I hit Google and was not disappointed.
So, what's your story?
Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:55 PM
But a couple of years later I started reading the manga adaption of La Corda d'Oro. I saw from the back cover that it was based off a dating sims, but even then didn't pay it much mind. But once I really got into the story and saw screenshots of the game...I wanted to play it! I had a meager knowledge of Japanese at that time, so I asked for the first game for Christmas, and have been hooked ever since. So the La Corda series is really what opened the door to otome games for me.
Posted 24 July 2011 - 12:49 AM
Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:53 AM
Posted 24 July 2011 - 08:26 AM
Either way, I couldn't get the game since I didn't own a PS2, so I decided to go around searching for more game titles that were similar to Gakuensai. Then, I was introduced to Orange Heart, a PoT fanmade otome game. From there on, I ventured further- uncovering more and more, till where I landed myself now. My computer is bustling with fanmade otome games (I barely have much space left) and my room is spilling over with the commercial titles. Well, I don't regret.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 06:45 AM
Years later, when I understood a bit more about otome games, I still played TokiMemo at times - getting myself much better results than before, but I still haven't obtained Shiori's ending. I stumbled over some videos on YouTube about Girl's Side, squeed when I heard that Midorikawa was one of the voices - his is so soothingly smexy - and was happy when I found the PS2 version rather cheap-ish on eBay and knew that I'd finally be able to play it.
Haven't really tried any other otome gamesa side TokiMemo, so .. can't find any that interest me.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:24 AM
Still wasn't hearing much about GxB until around 2006, when Hirameki announced plans to translated Yo-Jin-Bo. Since I was one of the few crazy individuals who bought some of the company's games, I followed the news closely, and purchased it not long after release.
Since then, I've kind of coasted by on what's available in English. Noticed the number of GxB projects on the Lemma Soft forums increase quite a bit. Played TMGS through the English patch, enjoyed it quite a bit. Trying to support indie devs when I'm not broke, and planning to support Hakuouki next year.
Posted 03 August 2011 - 12:12 AM
Posted 05 August 2011 - 02:29 AM
So . . . playing a game didn't actually come into the picture until the very end, lol. Even now, I'll only get into the games that I think have really nice artwork to them. If I don't like the art, it doesn't matter how interesting the story is, I won't touch it with a ten foot pole. Thus my strife for being an artist >.<
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