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Old 2006-09-27, 14:50
mikey
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AFAIK the whole term "visual novel" isn't English, its origins are in Japan. One can always argue about the whole "visual" thing, as well as debate over "novel" as opposed to novella etc... So thinking about whether a dialogue-only story is a "novel" is more a literature debate, similarly to the questions whether short stories (or was it shortstories?), which a lot of the games are, can be called novels.

The ADV/VN thing, as far as my info goes, in Japan ADV isn't related to dialogue vs. narrative, it's just the way that the text is displayed on screen. So GS is an ADV, since it's inside a textbox - similarly ST, if the layout isn't Crescendo-ish, should be proof of this.
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