To buy or not to buy: that is (was) the question.
Otoges on the PSP were sometimes a horror when the only button you pressed was O, O, O, O, O, O, O, until you went mad reading boring storylines and did OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Well, for Dialovers, you could press the v button as well, and for other games you could press the > button too, but it didn’t make much of a difference in the monotonous cow-chewing-grass kind of gameplay.
After seeing that Otomate was porting their new titles, pure leeches (people who’ve never bought a single game) and half-leeches (buy some, copy some) lamented the fact that they now have to buy a console AND the games. So who plays Otome games? High school students and university students, mostly. Do we want to spend so much on our 2D men? Not really. Besides, the customs in certain countries slap on ridiculous prices for overseas goods due to corruption and other issues, so it’s understandable why we’d all rather have free stuff on the internet.
But it’s inevitable that the companies want their money moving, since they never really cared about their customer base outside of Japan. So while I understand why we wouldn’t want to buy a Vita, here’s a short filler post to help you decide, even if just a little, because once you get into Otome Games, you can never get out again.
Jumping late on the wagon here, I finally got myself a Vita as I await Senjou no Waltz, my first game on the Vita. Being a half-leech, I wondered if the move was worth it, since I now also buy all the games I want to play. But so many new titles from different companies seem interesting, and as a serial gamer, I had no choice but to plan my expenses and save for a new console. I got this for 21600yen (216 usd?) by preorder, and honestly, I think it’s a good buy. (The price has jumped now, though. It always does after release date.)
Despite what they always make the product out to be, it may not be as pretty on hand, so here’s some pictures for you:
As you can see it’s a tad bigger than the PSP, and a tad heavier, which means I have to be more careful when I hold it with one hand, lying on my back
with drool and potato chips dribbling from my mouth. And boy, was I shocked when I went through the tutorial called ‘Welcome Park’ and saw that there was a rear touch pad.
Which is here. Vita also reacts to shaking and left and right motions. This means that our Otoge developers have alot to program for the games, which is probably why they’re delaying game after game.
For the past two days, having fiddled with some free games, I would say that the screen is excellent. While it was not always obvious, the PSP has tiny little squares on the screen that I would notice when I play stuff like Project Diva or when I am scrutinizing my 2D man
and stripping him naked with my eyes, but the Vita is smooth. Really smooth. For otogemers who love stopping at CGs, the Vita would be lovely. Besides, the mini games for the new titles would also look smooth with the Vita screen.
About the sound, I’m not that sure since the games I fiddled with rarely had any voicing except for the sexy lady’s voice on the welcome screen, but a friend said that the sound is noticeably clearer. Yeah ok, your 2D men are going to be ever more real. The rounded edges also look a little easier on the eyes, and since the Vita is a little larger, it fits nicely into my hands.
One worry I have is that the Vita is really like a computer, so if the touch screen crashes or hangs, it would be hell. And since the Vita’s system looks so complex, restoring it would be a huge pain in the neck. I wouldn’t put music or videos on my Vita just in case, though I may be just over-cautious, since I doubt Sony made their new console out to be such a wimp. Also, the Vita is much more reliant on the internet, including copying data from PC to the Vita, which is a minus point for me because I have always loved the ‘stick it in, copy and pull out’, and was extremely disappointed by the extinction of CREATIVE Mp3s. If you’re an otogemer who likes bringing your console around, it might prove a small challenge if wifi is not always available. But the constant internet requirement for copying files also allows backup and less chances for hacking of VITA games like the PSP ISOs were dirt-hacked.
And after some researching, it seems a certain patch called openCMA will allow you to transfer your pictures and music offline. You didn’t hear that from me.
My only other problem is that it being touch screen means I would have to do alot more cleaning of the console: I am a major clean freak when it comes to handheld devices. I played my PSP holding each side with a piece of spectacle-cleaning cloth (；・∀・) But of course, that’s a personal problem. The whole point of the Vita is its touch screen, and the mini games for our new Otoges will probably be great and more time-consuming, which only means more value for money when you buy the games.
If you intend to continue being an otogemer for the next few years, and would have more cash when you move to the working society, I’d say why not? Join the move to Vita! You can be sure that the games are just gonna flood in-not just Otoges, but other kinds of games utilising the Vita. The console I got was white and pink, I’d say it’s a pretty sweet 相棒 for otogers.
And hey, I’d love to see digital technology evolve into holograms in the near future. Imagine playing games in the air.