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Old 2006-07-14, 06:09
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I've picked up a bunch of Hirameki games recently, although I haven't played them all (for some it was very recently- think 'Wednesday').

*Phantom of Inferno: The only one I've finished. The translation is a complete and utter embarrasment- apparently Hirameki worked by getting a dozen monkeys and dozen typewriters, giving the chimps a copy of the Japanese script and settling for "close enough". Seriously, a simple run through the spellchecker would have improved it no end. But it was fundamentally a great story, despite an unhealthy obsession with firearms and the fact that you only get to kill the villain in the "I become an evil bastard" ending.

*Ever 17: Oh, what a coincidence. I'm currently in the middle of playing it and having a hard time. I have it on good authority from my friend (who I loaned it to so he could play it while I ploughed through 'Phantom') that the story makes more sense if you play Takeshi first, but frankly I find Takeshi to be a loser and the story to not be all that gripping- I'm still stuck on day 2 with little drive to play on. I don't know why. Probably because I keep getting shunted into events with Tsugumi and Sora, neither of whom I like much (Tsugumi especially).

I also received Hourglass of Summer and Exodus Guilty vol. 1 on Wednesday. I haven't got around to trying them yet, because I avoid playing multiple visual novels at once, but I'm especially looking forward to 'Hourglass'. It got a great review on RPGfan. I'm just hoping the translation is better than 'Phantom'.

Incidentally, I saw an ad in the latest NewtypeUSA for another game from Hirameki called 'Yo-Jin-Bo: the Bodyguards'. It sounds kind of interesting, but has anyone else heard of it?
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Old 2006-07-14, 07:18
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Incidentally, I saw an ad in the latest NewtypeUSA for another game from Hirameki called 'Yo-Jin-Bo: the Bodyguards'. It sounds kind of interesting, but has anyone else heard of it?
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Old 2006-07-14, 14:26
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Hourglass's translation quality...
meh, it was fine.

There was one scene with Mana that made me thank the fact that the game was voiced.

Some idiot reversed the name tag at least 4 times.

Then I also noticed that terms like 'sempai' and 'kouhai' were inconsistantly translated in some instances and left untranslated in others.

The opening animation could also use translation.
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Old 2006-07-15, 01:11
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New Deals this week: http://anime.advancedmn.com/article.php?artid=2971

Ever 17 for $23.99. Now is THE TIME to get it! This is only about $4 above wholesale!
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Old 2006-07-20, 14:41
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Its a great game, probably the best of the type currently available in English to date. Unfortunately, nobody is actually buying it. Hirameki (the publishers) are losing money on it, so there is pretty much no chance of them working the other games in the series.

So if you like the game, spread the word! Get your friends to buy it too!
I think the real question is: Are visual novels popular enough to an American audience? Basically this is the real question of whether or not Hirameki (and any other visual novel company that isn't selling porn) will be successful. If they are popular, and people do buy them, then eventually the "good" games will get translated eventually and a company can afford to lose some money (probably on licensing; since that's really where the whole "greed" thing takes place).
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Old 2006-07-21, 04:57
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They are popular enough to an extent. Hourglass of Summer, Day of Love, and Phantom of Inferno have all broken even and now our brining in Hirameki money. Phantom truly is their success story, as its now on its second press (with new cover artwork and all), and continually selling.

The problem with Ever17 is A) its more expensive then the other titles, and B) the cost of rights for it was considerably higher. That is why it still needs I do believe another thousand sales (as of May) to break even.
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Old 2006-07-21, 05:01
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That is why it still needs I do believe another thousand sales (as of May) to break even.
A thousand, eh? That is doable, at least.
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Old 2006-07-21, 05:15
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Well, its sold a decent amount of copies so far, its just it needs 1000 more to break even. Still though, breaking even isnt much, then it needs to sell more copies so Hirameki can actually make some money off that game. So, who knows, I'd guess that it would need between 2000-3000 more sales before it would waranty bringing over any of the other Infinity series.
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Old 2006-07-22, 15:05
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One down.

I just bought my copy today. :D

I also got our laptop back from the <strike>reaper</strike> repair shop. I'm a happy little man.
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Old 2006-07-23, 00:21
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One down.

I just bought my copy today. :D

I also got our laptop back from the <strike>reaper</strike> repair shop. I'm a happy little man.
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Old 2006-07-23, 07:31
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