A legend of the visual novel medium, Steins;Gate tells an ambitious and surprisingly plausible tale of time travel, parallel existences and the impact careless meddling can have in unexpected places. Also noteworthy for exploring popular online urban myths and conspiracy theories such as “John Titor” and what CERN are really up to in Switzerland.
The Three Ages of Visual Novels - With this month’s Cover Game being one of the most influential, well-regarded visual novels of all time, it seems only right and proper to take a look at the history of the medium as a whole. To date, there have been three main “eras” of visual novels that can be clearly distinguished through a combination … Continue reading The Three Ages of Visual Novels
Happy Birthday, Asami Imai - Today, March 16, is the birthday of Japanese voice actress Asami Imai, one of the most distinctive, recognisable voices in modern Japanese entertainment. Since her debut in 1999, she has racked up an impressive number of roles to her name across a variety of different media. Among enthusiasts of Japanese gaming, she’s probably best known … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Asami Imai
Guidebook to Another Culture - Video games are a great means of immersing yourself in another culture. For years now, Western gamers have been enjoying titles like Yu Suzuki’s sadly unfinished Shenmue series and Atlus’ Persona titles not only for their enjoyable gameplay and overarching storylines, but for their ability to make you feel like you’re “living the Japanese life”. There’s … Continue reading Guidebook to Another Culture
Visual Novels and Games: The Same, But Different - Every time I settle down to play — or even to write about — a visual novel, I’m reminded of how much I love the medium. I use the word “medium” when referring to visual novels rather than “genre” because in many cases, it’s not entirely accurate to call them “games”, despite the fact that … Continue reading Visual Novels and Games: The Same, But Different