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Old 2007-12-12, 02:53
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I'm not sure it was anything really maliciously targeting Hirameki themselves, but rather the runaway sort of spambots that constantly lurk the Internet. I'm thinking maybe due to insecure software on the Hirameki server-side combined with what seemed like a lack of dedicated IT staff to combat the menace, things just got too out of hand before anyone could get in and clean things out, and it finally turned out that the easiest solution was just to take the site offline until a new version could be rolled out or whatever.

Re: Hirameki's non-ero products, as was mentioned before the Phantom of Inferno translation was almost straight from the Japanese DVD game release, which was also an all ages title. Hourglass of Summer was a bit more of a strange deal, as it was originally an all-ages PS2 game which was, if I understand things right, picked up by a different company which added the ero scenes for an adult-only Windows release. The English version of the game was adapted from the PS2 version.

I've never played Tea Society of a Witch, but that's the one that usually gets most panties in a twist regarding the 'censorship' of the titles; apparently the original game was written in such a way that removal of the ero scenes left rather glaring holes in the English product.
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Old 2007-12-12, 07:59
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Ah, I didn't know that there isn't Japanese ver DVD-PG of Tea Society of a Witch.
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Old 2007-12-12, 21:16
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Hmmm... I picked up some Hirameki games when I ordered Yume Miru Kusuri, around the time when that game was released.

Do you think that my money went to them, or do you think it was too late? (Assuming their last productive effort, Piece of Wonder CD edition, was finished in March).
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Old 2007-12-13, 01:28
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The selling scheme is not the "publisher<->shop" as you may think, but "publisher->resalers->shop" (or wider), so the author\publisher will NEVER recieve your money directly. I'm not good at the calcualtions and schemes, but it's clearly to understand that the direct relationship between customers & publishers can be at the online or Direct2Drive-like selling only. :)
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Old 2007-12-13, 02:33
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Digiturbo/Nitroplus removed the ero scenes from Phantom of Inferno when they made the DVD-PG. However, Ever17 and Hourglass of Summer were all-ages releases to begin with.
I think a little correction is in order here. I not sure about Ever 17 but I know that when Princess Soft released the PC ver. of Hourglass of Summer they had H scenes added to it. Hirameki Int. just removed them.

The market for Visual Novels is actually low and they don't even have H-scenes so rake in H-dollars. And since visual novels by Hirameki are aimed at Teenagers so they can't really expect their market to grow can they? I guess their games can appeal for those who love a good story but thats about all they can hope for.
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Old 2007-12-13, 03:07
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I know that when Princess Soft released the PC ver. of Hourglass of Summer they had H scenes added to it. Hirameki Int. just removed them.
Actually, another company (Berries/Tyrell Lab) licensed Hourglass of Summer for a PC release. Adult scenes and inferior voiceovers were added by different staff, so that release is as bastardized as a poorly censored product. According to one player, a certain scene even introduced a continuity error somewhere (iirc, something that happened in the original scene but not the explicit one was still referenced later).

Hirameki based their DVD-PG on Princess Soft's version, so it's true to the original author's vision.
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Old 2007-12-13, 03:44
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See my post above. :-P

Nanatuha, there may have been a DVD-PG release in Japan for Tea Society of a Witch as well; I'm only aware of FrontWing's original.
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Old 2007-12-13, 04:05
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Actually I confirmed it by myself. DVD-PG publishers are few and non of them listed Tea Society of a Witch. :)

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Old 2007-12-14, 04:01
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Anyway, do someone know whether Hirameki goes to bankrupt or not? Their titles are selling discounted for nearly a year now... (check http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6...tegory/4/629/0 for example - they have some title from week to week for half (11.99) price ;)
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Old 2007-12-14, 11:33
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I'll send them an email and just ask if they are planning new releases for the future etc.
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Old 2007-12-15, 13:19
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I'm not sure it was anything really maliciously targeting Hirameki themselves, but rather the runaway sort of spambots that constantly lurk the Internet. I'm thinking maybe due to insecure software on the Hirameki server-side combined with what seemed like a lack of dedicated IT staff to combat the menace, things just got too out of hand before anyone could get in and clean things out, and it finally turned out that the easiest solution was just to take the site offline until a new version could be rolled out or whatever.
I don't think that was the case, wasn't the spammer also posting links to torrents for Hirameki's games?
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Old 2007-12-15, 16:00
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The irritating part is that from the message spammer left on the forums, after it was cleaned first time, he thinks himself to be a fan of Hirameki games,
and is doing it "for their own good”. He wrote that if they don't like what he does they are suppose to issue a request for the torrent sites to remove those torrents [all of them were on the same torrent site] and then he will stop spamming. [Sigh] I don't understand it, even if he was sincere his actions clearly were only doing harm to Hirameki, he should have understood that he is only making the situation worse.

On the other hand, I have to admit that until quite recently Hirameki's anti - piracy policy was actually extremely effective, there were none and I mean none Hirameki Torrents on the net. Any Hirameki game torrent uploaded on the torrent was removed within hours of its upload. And then l last spring something changed, it seems like either no one on Hiramekis side had time to look over it, or they simply didn't care anymore.......and currently those torrents are really common everywhere.
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