I went to an anime/game/geek con (which the biggest in New Zealand is called Armageddon) and after many convenient things happening…
-Happening to have a USB with an AMV I had made in my pocket.
-Happening to have walked into the room where the AMV competition was held.
-Happening to have made the AMV from an anime that had just been dubbed and Madhouse were desperately trying to sell there.
…I won $50 dollars by winning the AMV competition, unlikely right?
Well just as unlikely was that with the money I brought the box set of Fate/Stay Night because that and Chrono Crusade were the the only box sets worth under $50 and I was feeling impulsive. I had no idea what Fate/Stay Night was but the box set looked cool so I gave it a watch and thought it was a cool idea but with an average execution. Skip forward a couple of months and I’m watching AMVs on YouTube and guess what I see? Scenes from Fate/Stay Night that weren’t in the anime I had brought. This was before Fate/Zero came out and I was fuming that my $50 didn’t get me all the anime the box set had promised. That’s when I saw that they were from openings to a ‘game’, which I promptly downloaded.
Now I had played Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid before this so I knew that a lot of games start out with some long narrative expositions, but after three hours my mind clicked onto the idea that a Visual Novel ‘game’ was more like a novel than an actual game. I have to admit I enjoyed reading it much more than watching the anime, it was more immersive and… wait… wait a minute… tits? Why is the main character getting sucked off… WTF? This can’t possibly be hentai, can it? I mean who would play 9 hours just to get to this?
Oh, how naive I was.
This didn’t put me off however, for what parts of the story I did enjoy were very effective and I was resolved to see if I could find any that were just as good. But when I looked up many, many top ten lists for best visual novels I realized that looking for others was gong to be like a heroin addict looking for something to rival his first hit. Luckily G-senjou no Maou, another consistent competitor on these lists, made me realize that there were indeed other Visual Novels out there I could enjoy more and from then I have been reading them on and off for 6 or 7 years.
In that time only a few I have read have joined the ranks of those two, Steins;Gate, Sharin no Kuni and MuvLuv Alternative (thank you Silvachief). I’d gotten to the point where the nostalgia had put the first two visual novels I’d played on a pedestal so if anything could top them in the future they’d have to be pretty damn amazing.