The Story Behind the All-Woman Team Who Invented the Otome Genre
Nearly 25 years ago, Ruby Party released the first romance-focused game targeted towards women.
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'Doki Doki Literature Club' Fits in a Tradition of Subversive Visual Novels
How 'Doki Doki Literature Club' fits into—and complicates—the visual novel genre.
A Horror Game That Rejects The Usual Zombie Tropes
'These Four Walls Called Reality' is a rare game set in an apocalypse that rejects the idea that the social world was hunky-dory before.
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This Low-Fi Homage to Nancy Drew Captures Why We Love Detective Stories
The Francy Droo series shows what good puzzle design and mastery of the visual novel medium can accomplish.
In a Shitty World, 'Dream Daddy' Works Because It's Genuinely Wholesome
Earnest games are IN.
Learn to Love Otome Games Through These Essential Titles
There’s a lot more to the “loved-up” side to visual novels than dating sims starring anime boys.
Laugh Your Ass Off In This Ghost Chicken Detective Game
'Chook and Sosig' is the Sam and Max' style game you didn't even know you wanted.
Return to the Early Days of the Internet 'Digital: A Love Story'
Can love bloom on a BBS?
‘Ghost in the Shell’ Meets ‘Cheers’ in New Cyberpunk Bartending Game
VA-11 HALL-A offers a vision of the future, or at least the future’s barflies.
A Beginner’s Guide to Visual Novels
Get stuck into one of these gems, and who knows where it might lead? (Hopefully not into the arms of a psychopathic teddy bear, but no promises.)
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‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ Was the Game That Combated My Colorado Loneliness
How the first game in Capcom's lawyer-based series came to the aid of an isolated high-schooler.
Are Visual Novels Just Porny, Boring Video Games?
Visual novels are like choose-your-own-adventure books that you play on your computer, if choose-your-own adventures ended not in the Gypsy woman’s curse coming true, but in graphic, porny sex scenes. They can be gay themed or set in a lusty fantasy...