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Can visual novels really be considered games?

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3 years ago#1
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?
3 years ago#2
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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3 years ago#3
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.
3 years ago#4
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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3 years ago#5
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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3 years ago#6
Visual novels are considered just that, visual novels.
3 years ago#7
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.
3 years ago#8
Moorish_Idol posted...
Visual novels are considered just that, visual novels.


Best way of seeing it IMO
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3 years ago#9
Not sure why it even matters to be honest, but they are novels, which are visual
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3 years ago#10
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.
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