Do you think this would be OK?

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Do you think this would be OK?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:36 am

I was talking with the writer about the gameplay of the game that must be reflected in writing. In summary: Anne has very good grades, while Max isn't really a great student. I was thinking, for gameplay reasons only, to have each character have some kind of bonus:
- Anne would be able to study faster or get higher grades without much rest, but would get tired quicker than Max while doing the jobs (there will be several part time jobs)
- Max would be the opposite: have more resistance while doing the jobs, but get tired much faster while studying

I was wondering if that could raise complaints from players (because makes a difference based on gender) or it would be fine? I think it would be fine since it's not something due to the gender but of the character personalities, but you never know :mrgreen:

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by Lilly hime » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:31 pm

I think it would be fine. Like as you said, its a personality thing.

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by Sylrissa » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:53 pm

Sounds fine to me, I'm in support of it since the characters personality has it make sense like this.

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:03 pm

Cool, then I think will really do that. Also add more variety if you replay with a different character (not sure how many will do that, but still...)

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by fleetp » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:42 pm

JAck,
I don't see aproblem with it wither. I know people of both genders that exhibit those characteristics.

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by thesleepykitten » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:47 pm

jack1974 wrote:Cool, then I think will really do that. Also add more variety if you replay with a different character (not sure how many will do that, but still...)
I will for sure. >.>b

And yea, I agree with everyone else. It's a personality thing, not gender. :D If you're worried, you can always have the character clarify juuust in case. I don't know much about the characters, but it seems accurate for Anne and Max (Anne is a shy bookworm and Max is into music/in a band...? ^^; )

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:51 pm

Yes exactly, Anne is shy bookworm type and Max is lazy student with rockstar aspiration :mrgreen:

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by Aleema » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:16 pm

They're different personalities, yes, but since I know there's two different personalities, my choice is going to be unfortunately influenced by which personality I want rather than what gender I want to play as. And frankly, I have zero interest in choosing a shy bookworm character as my avatar, because that's so cliche. Makes me a bit sad that only the dudes get the interesting personality and can't be shy bookworms. I guess because that's who I really was in school and it's not an escapist fantasy to play a video game doing the exact same thing.

In a perfect world, you'd do it like Spirited Heart and not force genders to have certain personalities (and ultimately: certain types of romances, because the rocker vs the bookworm are going to approach dating much differently, probably).
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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:20 pm

Well, for sure can't change Anne personality now. However in all my previous games so far (and also many future ones) with females protagonists, they all had strong personalities and definitely not shy... so well, I guess can have 1 game with that kind of character. But Anne is not really boring ! I was shy when I was young too, but definitely I wasn't boring once people got to know me better :)

In my very first dating sim, Summer Session, the role was reversed, you played as a shy (not bookworm though) boy, very clumsy with women. Just to say that I already did a game with a similar character but boy (in that game you had only that character though).
Still I understand what you mean - it wouldn't be a game you'd like to play because of the main character personality. That's OK - I'm not thinking that everyone should always like all my games! :mrgreen:

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Re: Do you think this would be OK?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:28 pm

Also forgot an important thing: the writer mentioned that is not like Anne will always be shy the whole game until the end, but there will be character development. Similarly, Max won't be a total slacker the whole game too! I guess is better to wait and play the game because once again maybe I'm giving the wrong impression with my posts. I should ask writers to even write my blog/forums posts so I don't screw up :lol:

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