kinetic novels poll

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would you play a kinetic novel (or a game with very few choices)?

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jack1974
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kinetic novels poll

Post by jack1974 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:46 pm

I already did this poll on twitter and result was slightly in favor of yes, but they don't last much and I think forum polls are better since I can leave them open for years :)
Basically what is your opinion of story based games with few or even no choices (the so called "kinetic novels"?). This of course doesn't concern the quality - a story is a good story. So it's not about if a game is well written or not, simply if you could get to "play" a game which basically is just reading the story.

I got interested in this topic after seeing several kinetic VNs which did extremely well on Steam.

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Re: kinetic novels poll

Post by Franka » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:07 pm

Personally, I never buy kinetic VNs. Whenever they pop up on my Steam feed, I instantly click ignore. They just don't engage me. I've yet to read a VN (with or without choices) that could actually rival a good book, so without the element of choice or some kind of gameplay feature, I'd buy a physical book from a well regarded author instead. It's the agency of choice that gets me involved in VNs... ok, and sometimes the boobs. :P

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Re: kinetic novels poll

Post by jack1974 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:36 pm

Franka wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:07 pm
ok, and sometimes the boobs. :P
Finally the truth! :lol:
Yes personally I like more games with choices too. Not necessarily many, it's enough even only 4-5 but if they change the story a lot is still good for me.

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Re: kinetic novels poll

Post by Jaeger » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:16 pm

I bought Fault- Milestone 1 and 2 when they were on sale. I really liked world building as far as writing is concerned; I'm less fond of the cliffhanger endings. The presentation was also strong, with solid artwork combined with nice use of effects and scrolling.

Due to the lack of interactive elements, kinetic VNs a need stronger story in order to compete with VNs with more interactive elements, let alone video games in general.

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Re: kinetic novels poll

Post by jack1974 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:54 am

Yes that's what other people told me as well on twitter :)

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