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How to Decide on POV and How to Switch it Without Confusing Your Readers

There are more than three points of view. First person (“I am”) Second person (“you are”) Third person limited/intimate (“he/she is”) Third person omniscient/distant (“he/she is”) First person point of view Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Twilight, Divergent, all these books were written in first person point of view. It’s quite popular choice for Visual Novels…
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin Making a Visual Novel

Making a visual novel can be a lengthy process. It’s about writing a story. Making the art. Crafting all the details that will combine into an exciting experience players will enjoy. Here are some hints and tips how to make sure the foundations of your project can be made solid. It can help you in…
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4 Ways to Stay Motivated to Finish Your VN

I just hate it when project I’ve started slips into neglect and never gets finished. Feels so discouraging when I want to begin a new one. The most embarrassing is when someone asks me “Hey, how is that project going?” and I know it’s not going anywhere, it’s dead, dead, dead. Feeling of guilt creeps…
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Guide to Making Awesome Visual Novels – The Checklist

Kids stood there watching me with sadness. They didn’t manage to make their game. So I had to break the news to them. Most of the games NEVER get finished. We are made of fail   So yea, it was at that time when I was teaching kids how to make games. They want to…
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Grandpa’s Quick and Dirty Method to Make Background Art For Your Visual Novel

Background art. Seems like not so important part of your Visual Novel. But you gotta have it. How else would your player know where the action is taking place? So you are either poor, lazy or you can’t make art if your life depended on it. What to do? How to get that background art?…
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What are Dating Sims?

How many games that you know of ended up in a parliament discussion? Dating sims are one of the most controversial game genres out there, starting from pornography roots and rising to be one of the most popular genres for girls, swarming the mobile gaming market and taking it by storm. As soon as first…
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What are Kinetic Novels?

Not all stories enjoyed online need to be branching. After all, humankind has been enjoying linear stories for almost ten thousand years. With sound, voice, animations and pictures, there are visual novels that are perfectly enjoyable without choices. Sometimes, choices can break the pace or the story and often authors cram them in just to…
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What are Dress-up Games?

Until not so long time ago, in third world countries not so far away, dolls, real plastic dolls, were a luxury. Getting a real Barbie was not only a sign of prestige, but real delight for girls (and an occasional boy) who would remember that moment forever. In the time before cheap knock-offs made in…
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West vs East Narrative Games

Bad cowboys wear black hats, good cowboys wear white hats. Oh, how sweet it is to apply stereotypes and cliches. Storytelling is part of the culture and when we muse about differences between Western style narration and Eastern style narration, no one wrinkles their nose and wonder what are we talking about. East and West…
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What is Visual Novel’s Gameplay?

I showed a cute visual novel to my girlfriend and after a few pages she exclaimed: “Is this even a game? You just read and click, right?” Must admit, my jaw dropped. “Of course it’s a game… the delicate balance of… narration and visuals… relevant choices, perfectly timed…” I stammered trying to explain it to…
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