Idea Factory is Holding a Contest for the Official Launch of its International Website!
"To celebrate the official full website launch, Idea Factory International is holding an Idea Factory International gift giveaway with the help of NIS America. Simply Like/Follow Idea Factory International on Facebook and/or Twitter for the chance to become one of ten lucky winners to receive a random special gift (one gift per person).
The gifts being offered include Limited Edition copies of Hyperdimension Neptunia™ Victory (NIS America), a 3DS copy (PAL region) of Around the World with Hello Kitty & Friends™ (Rising Star Games/Bergsala Lightweight), a 3DS Limited Edition copy (North American region) of Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Aksys Games), a 3DS copy (PAL region) of Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Rising Star Games), a Steam code of Agarest: Generations of War (Ghostlight), a Neptunia character giant pillow, a PlayStation®3 console skin, a Hakuoki x Hello Kitty notepad, and more! The gift list can be viewed in the Note section of Idea Factory International’s Facebook page.
*Must be 13 years of age or older to enter the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Randomly selected winners will be contacted by Idea Factory International through Facebook/Twitter. This giveaway campaign ends on 11/11/2013.” (Source)
Falling in Love With You ~ A Couple’s Love Song ~
Release dates (iPhone)
Japanese and English: October 24th, 2013
"A relative wants to help you with your dream of working in music industry and invites you to a wedding party of a record company president.
Once you’re there, you get to meet many famous musicians and in the end, you get employed! How will you act in front of the artists, and how will your heart cope with the inevitable trouble?”
This is a new game for the iPhone! You can download it here, and you can find the official website here.
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
(薄桜鬼 巡想録 Hakuouki Junsouroku)
Release dates (PS3)
Japanese: June 17th, 2010
English: April 28th, 2014
"Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi tells the tale of Chizuru, a young woman who finds herself fighting alongside the infamous Shinsengumi as competing factions war for control of Japan. In the midst of all this bloodshed and chaos, will Chizuru find love?"
An English version of Hakuouki Junsouroku is currently being translated by Aksys! Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi contains the original game (Demon of the Fleeting Blossom / Memories of the Shinsengumi), the fandisk (Zuisouroku) as well as other bonus stories and content which you can read about here.
Pre-order from Amazon.com for USD$39.99!
You can check out the official website here.
A Fascination With Localization: An Interview With Aksys Games' Ben Bateman
What is the biggest barrier to Otome games ‘catching on’ in North America, and what would you do to fix that?
Ben Bateman: I think one of the biggest barriers is just lack of acceptance of visual novels in general. They’re still pretty new in the west, and I think people either aren’t read to accept them as “games” or aren’t quite sure what to do with them yet. As the visual novel genre gets more “normal” I think otome games will start to catch on more.
Unfortunately I also feel like there tends to be an undercurrent to the discussion of otome games in the games press that runs along the lines of “Ah yes, games for women obviously those can’t be very good/ha ha how quaint and adorable, games for women.” I actually talked about it on Tumblr a bit, if you feel like reading it
. Although part of this is tied into the larger issue of how our society looks at gender and sexuality, some of it is just a result of how the discourse happens with these games. Press members play into it by asking questions like “Can guys enjoy otome games too? What’s in there for them?” (spoiler: yes, they can) and I play into it too by offering answers like “Well Hakuoki
doesn’t have that much romance and there are samurai and supernatural stuff and political intrigue.” These kinds of questions aren’t really getting to the bottom of anything, they’re just reinforcing the idea that these games are something other, something outside what we consider “real games”.
I feel like right now otome games kind of get treated like a curiosity, and that ends up marginalizing them, and their fans - and discouraging potential fans. My hope is that the popular image of them can become more “normalized” for lack of a better word. Nobody thinks twice about a game where the point is to spend 6 hours murdering aliens - how is that so much less odd than a game where you spend 15 hours trying to kiss boys? For our part, I think we can help by trying to present and market these titles as fully rounded experiences - not just falling back on “Look ladies, HOT MENS” as an advertising strategy - and encouraging people to talk about them. The more titles there are, the more all this stuff will happen. Right now, they’re still pretty new, but I have high hopes.
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NAMELESS PREORDER EVENT!
Cheritz is holding an event; those who have preordered the game have a chance to win everything shown above.
Pre-order period: October 11th - November 3rd
Shipping: November 11th
Nameless Price Information
Regular - $33
Limited Edition - $55
- Nameless Full Version DVD
- Nameless Essential OST
- Drama CD
- Booklet that has character introductions, walkthroughs, and comments from the creators of the game