Porn Games I've Played For The Story

"Culturally significant" is an incredibly vague way to categorize video games. There may only be a handful of games every decade that can truly be called culturally significant. This, however, is apparently the requirements for a 'porn game' article on Giant Bomb.

I find this to be complete bullshit.

Visual novels, or porn games as I hate to refer them to as, in our culture, exist in a capacity that is so insignificant it doesn't even register as the tiniest of blips in the radar of gaming. Fans of visual novels are incredibly low down the internet geek pyramid, fitting somewhere in between cosplayers and furries, and trust me when I say those are not good things to be stuck in between. Even fans of anime would second guess jumping down and trying their hand at visual novels. But the question I've always asked is, "why"?

The answer is rather obvious, it's just not in our culture. My generation was raised with anime interspersed with children cartoons in the form of Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and so forth. In our culture that is where anime is regulated to, but at very least it has a foothold in our culture. Visual novels are a different story, however. While in Japan it wouldn't be that unusual to see visual novel spin-offs of popular animes, anime adaptations of visual novels, or animes based around the concept of visual novels, they are not a part of our culture. So if the significance has to be in our culture, none of these games would be eligible.

Then again Suck My Dick Or Die! has a page, so well done guys.

But I digress. I myself am a fan of visual novels, which people who read my weekly blog will know all too well. I have always felt there are amazing visual novels out there, with stories that I could easily recommend people to read. As I stated before, however, visual novels have a rather bad stigma, so it's been incredibly hard to convince people to try them out. Having said that, since starting said blog, I have had a fair number of people asking for recommendations on what visual novels they should read. The fact that even one person has taken an interest to reading visual novels thanks to my blog is an amazing thing to hear, so I've been more than happy to throw a few recommendations their way. However, I know not everyone will want to plough through my blog for information. "But Psy" I don't hear you say behind your computer monitor because for some reason you don't have your mic plugged in "Why wouldn't people want to read your amazingly thought out, expertly crafted and always hilarious weekly blog?"

Well you sarcastic piece of shit, I figured I'd also keep a list of all the visual novels I've covered, as it could very well be a better more compact way to see what visual novels I've talked about. Please note, however, I have played a lot more visual novels than this (some that doesn't have their own Giant Bomb page too), but hopefully they'll all eventually be added each and every week, until I get bored, I guess.

The list is in order of best to worst, in my opinion. Each visual novel is accompanied by a brief explanation of said visual novel, and the blog number and date in which I talked about that specific visual novel, in case you want to read more about that visual novel. Don't be afraid to check out the visual novels at the bottom of the list too, these are just my opinion, and I'll be the first to admit it can be rather stupid.

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14 Comments
Posted by Video_Game_King

That introduction sounds a lot like something I'd write. After all, it's long, it makes a habit of insulting the reader for responding, there's the odd Yu-Gi-Oh reference, and there's a good chance that ZombiePie will angrily ignore it.

Posted by ZombiePie

The rules are the way they are, that is ambiguous, because guess what none of us are experts in porn games. The new way of going about this and expect it to be implemented in the future is that "culturally significant" is something much more narrow. That is porn games would only get wiki articles if they are covered or would ever be covered by the gaming press.

We do not want a comprehensive database on games that are pornographic as this is not what the owners of Whiskey Media want Giant Bomb to ever be about.

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Posted by Psycosis
@ZombiePie But that just goes back to the different cultures thing I talked about. All of the games I've mentioned (and most I've played) feature in Japanese gaming press. But the only time they ever get mentioned in western gaming press is when sone random female journalist feels it's her duty due to having a vagina to post a shittily resourced article on Kotaku about how dare these games subjugate these woman how dare they won't someone think of the children.
Posted by ZombiePie

@Psycosis: If it has anime based on it sure, if it is based on an anime fine, if Kotaku or Joystiq write something about it fine, but as for the Japanese Press that's different. I think you will agree that this site isn't the go to source for information about Japanese only games.

This is dancing around the major point I previously have already stated. The owners of Whiskey Media do not want this site associated with pornography as it jeopardizes the number of advertising contracts they can get. That means limiting as many if not all games that can be called pornographic.

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Posted by Psycosis

@ZombiePie: Well while I understand the reasoning and realise it's literally only going to affect me, I still find that complete bullshit.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@ZombiePie said:

I think you will agree that this site isn't the go to source for information about Japanese only games.

Should I try to change that?
Posted by ZombiePie

@Video_Game_King: As long as doing so is not inconsistent with the site rules have at it.

@Psycosis said:

@ZombiePie: Well while I understand the reasoning and realise it's literally only going to affect me, I still find that complete bullshit.

Cool. As I always say I don't care if you agree with the rules but you're going to have obey them. I'm not changing the direction of the site rules against porn games. If that's something you care about find another site that covers them.

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Posted by Video_Game_King
@ZombiePie said:

@Video_Game_King: As long as doing so is not inconsistent with the site rules have at it.

Is that your way of saying, "I'll delete any Dan McNeely pages you try to create"?
Edited by ahoodedfigure

Brass Restoration is a visual novel without the least bit of bumpin' in it, although it does have dating and relationship angst. It showed me what the visual novel format could accomplish, which is quite a lot. The translation may have been a bit off because some of the narrative felt weird, but the format was a great way to explore the main character and the characters he met. I think there's a lot of potential for the visual novel, porn or no porn. I'm glad I heard about Brass Restoration through the Independent Game Source, and I'm glad folks are willing to talk about these sorts of games even if some are scared off by their general reputation.

Posted by Snipper138

Where would you rank Sharin no Kuni on this list?

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Posted by Psycosis

@Snipper138: If Sharin no Kuni was to be added to the list right now, it'd be at #4. No idea when I'll get around to writing about it though!

Posted by InfiniteGeass

I remembered out of nowhere that the rules for VNs on this site are dumb.

Posted by Poki3

Looks like someone deleted the Wanko To Kurasou page...

Posted by Bocam

This list shows me you have not read Muv-luv, you should rectify that.