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I am getting closer to my 100th post here at this Blog, so the following few posts will be special. And by special, I mean things that are “special” for me. Since Galges represent a good part of this blog, why not start with a list of 5 stupid things about this lovely genre? After all, I am no specialist, but I’ve wasted enough of my useless life to consider me a “enthusiast” of sorts, so I can assure you there are many ridicule stuff about those innocent games full of cute little girls.
Something that makes the life of players really practical is the confidence in knowing the basic plot and/or type of characters present in the game just by reading the title. But, how? Are we psychic? Unfortunately, no. And, to be honest, who needs special powers for that when you have titles like: “Thanks to My Little Sister I’ve Became So Popular That it Has Become Troublesome”. Or maybe: “Is it Really True That The Only Thing Capable of Curing My Little Sister of Her NEETness and Her Second-Year-of-Middle-School Syndrome is My XX?”.Yes, it is really stupid, but I can’t fully hate this when it summarizes the game’s main focus and quality so well! Not to mention it makes the title very unique. But, What to do when the opposite happens, and titles become really repetitive and similar? This is also an inconvenient truth. There are many keywords Galge developers like to use when deciding what their game will be about. Things like love(恋/愛), little sisters(妹), older sisters(姉), older brothers(兄), me/the player(俺/僕), girlfriend/her/she(彼女), and seasons(春/夏/秋/冬). And then you have it! 90% of the titles coming each year use at least one of those words. I will even fuse those to make my own delicious title name: “この前の夏に僕の兄貴が「俺の彼女になれ」という発言から、妹との恋愛を始めた”. Oh yeah! My very own Galge! As you can notice, it will be about the last summer, little sisters, brothers rivalry, incest and maybe even a bit of Netorare! It will be a hit! I will make millions!