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Japanese dating sims are strange

Post by Tross on Fri 21 Sep 2012 - 3:45

I was browsing the Japanese Playstation store, and I decided to check out a few dating sims, since that's a genre we don't see very often in NA, if it's not at least mixed in with other genres. I decided to go with ps1 classics, since they're more affordable , take up less space, and can be played on my ps3, so I don't have to mess with my psp's account activation(I can do it, but it's a pain). That append disc thing fascinates me, since that sort of thing doesn't exist in NA. I imagine it's kind of a pain for the Japanese, since, to my understanding, it involves switching in that disc at certain points to access certain content, but it appears to be a sort of predecessor to dlc. It is apparent that I need to brush up a little on my Japanese, but that's ok, since I was looking for a reason to do so anyways. I'll probably have to learn some more of the language too, but if I can scroll through most of the text at my own pace, it shouldn't be too big of a problem.

Anyways, the strange part(hence the title of this thread) asked me for my blood type. At least, I'm pretty sure that was what it asked me for. I know enough Japanese that I can make it through the naming process, and other related questions(like my birthday) just fine. I could take the time to translate the kanji for that last question, but I'm fairly certain I know what it's asking, since the options are A, B, AB and O. First of all, why is my blood type even relevant, and second of all, I don't know what my blood type is anyways, so I just went with A. That's a little bit strange. Then again, these games were made in Japan, where strange passes as normal, so maybe that's not all that odd.
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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 21 Sep 2012 - 9:29

The Japanese are very big on blood type as they believe it is predictive of personality and behavior. Kind of like Horoscope signs are in the West.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_types_in_Japanese_culture

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Fri 21 Sep 2012 - 9:54

i agree...in my studies, zodiac and blood type sometime tell someone trait, even handeness, habits and face tell us someone's [ersona. in Japan, i'm not surprised to see this type of question....
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Post by Tross on Fri 21 Sep 2012 - 14:51

@Kiskaloo wrote:The Japanese are very big on blood type as they believe it is predictive of personality and behavior. Kind of like Horoscope signs are in the West.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_types_in_Japanese_culture

I didn't know that. Interesting. Guess I learned something new today. cheers I was expecting the answer to be much stranger than that... Razz
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Post by ElfenMagix on Fri 21 Sep 2012 - 15:34

Funny how that works. I am, or supposed to be AB- as a Red Cross donor but have an M counterpart by another test I had years ago and have been know to be tested as O- on some hospital blood test.

I just say to the docs, 'phucket... you guys dont know what you are doing."

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Post by Entropy on Fri 21 Sep 2012 - 16:37

That was seriously the weirdest thing you encountered in a Japanese dating sim? You might be in for a ride.

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Post by Tross on Sat 22 Sep 2012 - 1:59

Well, I haven't exactly played any dating sims, since we don't really have those in NA. I just bought some to see what they're like, since Harvest Moon is pretty much the extent of my experience with dating sims. I decided to start by seeing what the beginning of each game is like, so I could decide which game to start with.

After much deliberation, I decided to start with Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You. It took a while, but I was able to get through my first date. Hooray! Of course, the main character's childhood friend is the only girl I know so far, but it went well. The game sure has a lot of options for a simple date. I chose to go shopping, then I had choices for which kind of store to shop at, and then I had to choose what to say to her when she asked if I liked a certain stuffed dog(of course I thought it suited her perfectly, and wanted to get it for her as a gift). I will say, 90s fashion in Japan wasn't so hot. I guess in 1995, it wasn't unheard of for my date to wear a pink cardigan.
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