Younger/Older = We thought to consider Younger if you're 24 years or less, Older if you're 25 years or more. It's just a way to separate players age groups, nothing else
Serious = As my writer said (probably better): "serious does not mean tragic or without comedy! In this sense, serious mainly means less stereotypical characters with more depth (think, more like characters in a mainstream novel or TV series). "
In summary, since so far I did mostly humorous stories, I wanted to see if people could also like something different, or they prefer to keep the usual story mood/setting/tone.LONG VERSION
One of my upcoming (unannounced) games, is a yuri dating sim. It has more serious/mature content. Situations characters find themselves in are more 'true to life'...
Please note that serious/mature doesn't necessarily mean sad, tragic events, unhappy endings, etc. If those happens they wouldn't be tied to being lesbian, or gay, or straight, or <insert any stereotype here>
To explain better: I believe there are different target groups playing VN/dating sims and I think we could agree that there are two kind of stories:
1) purely fanservice stuff. There are many examples on Steam
Note that I am NOT against that stuff. I am just asking. I've played games like Huniepop and similar. They're relaxing and fun IMHO, even if completely unrealistic, and I can see why people play them. Usually those games are also funny, light-hearted, comedies, etc. If I had to pick some examples of my own games: Roommates (clearly haha), Heileen series (of course those don't have any particularly hot/erotic content, but the setting/writing is a good example)
2) stories with sexy/adult/mature content but tied to a story. About this...well I really cannot find many good examples on Steam
In practice, there can be hot scenes, but tied to a story, not purely for fanservice reasons. Those games can have funny moment, but also more serious ones, even sad ones. Because that's how life is
If I had to pick some examples of my own games: Loren (since people can die there), SOTW (see gray characters like Krimm), Bionic Heart (heh, many people can do bad things there)
I understand people that play games as a way to "escape reality" with only happy endings, light-comedy stories and in general no need to be realistic with gray characters, only black/white. It's fine. I like those stories too. I only want to know what people think/prefer. Especially if it's also applied to sexy situations (for the romance CG I'll always have censored/uncensored versions, but for the texts/situations...).
Finally I also put an age (vague indication) because my writer and I had a theory and wanted to see if it's true (won't say what is now, maybe later)
Any feedback is welcome!