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  • Pete Davison 9:35 pm on November 10, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 I’m not sure what’s up with the resolution of Japanese doujin games, they always seem to be 4:3 aspect ratio at 640×480 or 800×600. Same for visual novels. I’m assuming that the Japanese PC gaming market isn’t so hung up on big screens and visually-impressive stuff as the West is — the whole “impressive graphics” thing is apparently console territory.

    Japanese PC gaming has pretty much stayed exactly the same in terms of specs for a large number of years now — while VNs and the like used to be incredibly demanding mainly due to the amount of storage space required for all that art and speech, nowadays the system requirements for a typical Japanese PC game look fairly laughable. CTHCC is a 95MB download and requires 128MB of RAM and a Pentium III to run. I have visual novels on my shelf that list Windows 98 as the lowest required OS.

    I don’t think all this is necessarily a bad thing, though; it means these games can run on pretty much anything, and it’s not as if it looks terrible. I played CTHCC on my laptop, as it happens, and it looked fine in full-screen mode, but I’ve played a bunch of visual novels on the 1080p TV without incident. Aselia the Eternal is only 640×480, I believe, and still looks great — the only minor inconvenience is having to manually switch the TV to 4:3 to get rid of automatic stretching, and that’s only an inconvenience if you’re either a lazy bastard or your remote’s batteries aren’t working. The thing with anime-style art (and pixel art, for that matter) is that it actually doesn’t look terrible at low resolution on a big screen — certainly nowhere near as bad as a 10 year old 3D engine running at 640×480 would.

  • RedSwirl 9:14 pm on November 10, 2012 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Well damn I was just about to walk in here with that talk after trying out a little bit of the demo.

    What you just described is pretty much something I’ve at least been interested in trying out for a while – something that isolates narrative and character interaction parts of RPGs and builds a whole game out of that. A drama or sitcom in video game form if you will.

    Of course the reason these mechanics work so well in Persona or even BioWare games is because they have well-written characters and dialogue, plus good localization in the case of Persona. So far the characters I’ve met in CTHCC are at least likable.

    Just one problem – playing the game in this low-ass resolution on a big computer monitor. I seriously hope you aren’t trying to play that on your HTPC with that 1080p TV. Why the hell didn’t they just make this a DSiWare game or something, its appeal is already basically niche.

    Will further investigate, possibly picking it up when the Steam sales come down.

  • Pete Davison 8:03 pm on November 10, 2012 Permalink
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    Grah. On the one hand, I really want to play Spec Ops: The Line. On the other, I’m not sure I’ll be able to get past the whole “military shooter” angle, so I’m not convinced I want to drop £20 on it. I do get the impression it’s a title that is well worth discussing, though, so I will consider it very seriously.


    Do you like Persona but wish it was approximately 96 hours shorter?

    Do you like Persona but wish it had 100% less fighting and consisted solely of leveling up Social Links?

    Then you may be interested in Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, which hit Steam this week. Here’s my review.

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