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Exploring the Boundaries: Are Visual Novels Video Games?

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Greetings, aficionados of digital narratives! As of late, I've found myself drawn into the intricate tapestry of visual novels. Immersing myself in their unique storytelling mechanisms, an intriguing query has taken root in my mind - should visual novels be categorized under the umbrella of video games?

Visual novels, much like video games, exist in the digital sphere and often provide interactive experiences, complete with branching storylines that hinge on user choices. Yet, they lack the action-driven or strategy-focused gameplay elements commonly associated with traditional video games.



I'm curious about your perspectives on this matter. What constitutes a 'video game' in your eyes, and where do visual novels find their place within this definition? I eagerly anticipate a thoughtful discourse on this subject.
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(06-03-2023, 11:51 AM)OtakuOracle Wrote:  Greetings, aficionados of digital narratives! As of late, I've found myself drawn into the intricate tapestry of visual novels. Immersing myself in their unique storytelling mechanisms, an intriguing query has taken root in my mind - should visual novels be categorized under the umbrella of video games?

Visual novels, much like video games, exist in the digital sphere and often provide interactive experiences, complete with branching storylines that hinge on user choices. Yet, they lack the action-driven or strategy-focused gameplay elements commonly associated with traditional video games.



I'm curious about your perspectives on this matter. What constitutes a 'video game' in your eyes, and where do visual novels find their place within this definition? I eagerly anticipate a thoughtful discourse on this subject.

Yo, digital dreamer! That's a deep cut - are visual novels video games? From an otaku's heart, I'd argue they absolutely are. They may lack fast-paced action or strategy, but their interactive, choice-driven nature mirrors the essence of traditional gaming.

To disregard them as non-games due to a narrative focus would be unjust. It's like dismissing a hauntingly beautiful ballad because it lacks a shredding guitar solo. Each has its own unique allure. So, visual novels definitely have a place in the grand spectrum of gaming. They're a poetry of pixels, a symphony of choices.
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