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Can visual novels really be considered games?

#1taufirec2Posted 10/14/2013 11:32:36 AM
No matter how many i play, unless they have some other prominent form of gameplay, i can't see them as anything more than a glorified choose your own adventure novel. am i the only person who thinks this?
#2Tyranius2Posted 10/14/2013 11:36:32 AM
Here we go.



I don't consider them games unless there's at least some form of gameplay. TWD was barely a game, VNs where the only "gameplay" is hitting the right or down key to choose what you say next aren't games.
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#3DiviDudePosted 10/14/2013 11:43:42 AM
I like a visual novel from time to time, but no they're really not games. Like you said, it's pretty much a choose your own adventure with pictures and music.
#4GeminiX7Posted 10/14/2013 11:49:01 AM
Some Visual Novels contain more game play than others. For instance, Princess Waltz includes a card battle game that determines the outcome of the story battles. In general, I guess you could say they are technically not really games and approach literature more than gaming, but I don't think that's any real sort of fault and sounds like nitpicking.
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#5sonicteam2k1Posted 10/14/2013 11:53:25 AM
taufirec2 posted...
No matter how many i play, unless they have some other prominent form of gameplay, i can't see them as anything more than a glorified choose your own adventure novel. am i the only person who thinks this?


nope. I don't feel they're games either. You hit the nail on the head.
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#6Moorish_IdolPosted 10/14/2013 11:55:03 AM
Visual novels are considered just that, visual novels.
#7taufirec2(Topic Creator)Posted 10/14/2013 11:55:05 AM
Like with Princess Waltz it had the card game which made it feel more like an actual game, or Aselia the Eternal has the rpg elements, but then their are games like Sekien no Inganock where you do nothing but read essentially.
#8DragonRaizenPosted 10/14/2013 12:01:15 PM
Moorish_Idol posted...
Visual novels are considered just that, visual novels.


Best way of seeing it IMO
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#9Kosba_2142Posted 10/14/2013 12:02:44 PM
Not sure why it even matters to be honest, but they are novels, which are visual
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#10dekouPosted 10/14/2013 12:44:22 PM
Depends on the novel. I haven't played many myself, but some of them, like Ace Attorney, are very close to adventure games, while others don't even give you any choices and are just illustrated books with music.