Shinsei (A Kinetic Novel)

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Shinsei (A Kinetic Novel)

#1 Post by lordcloudx » Sun May 25, 2008 2:33 pm

Shinsei is a very short, minimalist, non-branching visual novel created within about four hours. At first, I had other intentions, which I don't really care to mention, in creating this visual novel. However, after much deliberation and guided by some insightful opinions from the IRC regulars - I edited out some inappropriate references and in a manner of speaking, "defanged" the story to bring you this short, unpolished and very abstract piece.

While some might be turned off by the subject matter, being very community-centric and perhaps just a tad condescending, I believe this VN has enough redeeming factors for a place here in the completed games section.

If anything, it's a good example of what one individual can accomplish within a short span of time using limited resources with the Ren'Py engine and from a broader perspective, just how versatile and unique Visual Novels can be as a medium of expression.

In terms of substance, perhaps some might find that a short, abstract VN such as this one is severely lacking. Yet, I would like to believe otherwise. One of my guiding principles exclusive only to Visual Novel writing is to leave many words left unspoken in order to allow the over-all elements of the medium to shine through in a sort of orchestrated harmony.

To expound further, as this VN is read by a variety of people from all walks of life -I believe that the experience that it imparts will be quite unique for each individual. This is the power of abstract, open-ended prose - it allows multiple interpretations and feels much more personal than a vividly written series of events.

That aside, calling Shinsei a story might not even be entirely accurate. As one commenter for the original version puts it, "Aren't there 0 characters?" I do not feel compelled to answer this question in this introductory text, because I feel that it might ruin the experience for potential readers. However, for simplicity's sake, let's assume that Shinsei is indeed a story while not being too technical about the definition of what exactly comprises a story.

At its core, Shinsei exists to impart a message. Yet, this author finds that the message is too complex to be put into concrete words. Thus, I chose the medium of the Visual Novel to embody that message. So, from its creator's perspective - this VN is the tangible form of a message that can only be said with words beyond words - that is to say, utilizing almost all the senses of the human body, barring the sense of touch, which the technological level of the VN medium prohibits.

To address the issue of word count, which to my dismay is given too much emphasis in evaluating English Language Visual Novels by no less than our own forum of creators; Shinsei is unique in the sense that it deliberately tries to be short - to cut out the words spoken in between and to a certain degree, even the existence of the characters. Yet, from an exceedingly open-minded, philosophical point of view, It would not be an exaggeration to claim that this VN contains more than 5000k of words left unspoken with 150 characters and 200 possible endings. Then again, even this view might be limited, putting an exact number to the possibilities is in itself restrictive to Shinsei's actual potential.

Alas, now I have rambled on for too long and effectively, exceeded the actual word count of the uploaded Visual Novel with this introductory text. That said, please read and enjoy this story while it lasts.

For those with HD displays... I have a message for you after you try this game at least once. :twisted:
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#2 Post by Aashtarsrain » Sun May 25, 2008 3:33 pm

Er, well... honestly, I gave it a try tonight, but I'm afraid it's too abstract in an "avant-garde" way for someone as narrow-minded as me, sorry ! :| I'll try to repent some other time.

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#3 Post by risingbamboobanana » Sun May 25, 2008 7:58 pm

simply put: hmm.

not necessarily in a good way, though not necessarily in a bad way either. just hmm. i do like the use of colours and effects however. good timing (:
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#4 Post by BCS » Mon May 26, 2008 10:08 am

What the hell was that? :lol: I went into it with my curiosity intrigued, but all that I can deduce from it is that:

The game creator asks God for guidance.
God mocks him.
A visual novel is made or ... acquired.

I suppose I probably won't get any answers.

And I feel terrible that I even let the beeping sound make me laugh. "Dd-d!" "Dd-d!" "Dd-d!"

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#5 Post by mugenjohncel » Tue May 27, 2008 3:56 pm

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#6 Post by sparou » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:16 pm

Well, I expected that to be totally retarded, but it was mildly interesting. The meaning wasn't really all that abstract. It had moments vaguely reminiscent of the part where evangelion lost their budget and started pulling morbidly fascinating things out of their anus, however. And I say that in a complimentary way.

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#7 Post by Samu-kun » Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:00 pm

What the hell!? The first post was NOT so long when I downloaded this...

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#8 Post by lordcloudx » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:42 am

LOL! Now it is. I can make it even loonger if you want... poor liddle Samu.
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#9 Post by Samu-kun » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:09 am

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#10 Post by nice_tea » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:12 pm

somehow i guess i got the message but aside from that i found this kn to be really funny. still, i don't really know why... now i have to go and wash that grin from my face

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#11 Post by Showsni » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:03 pm

It's a little depressing. However hard you try, you can't exceed your boundaries, but should be happy with what you can do? Something like that?

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#12 Post by nice_tea » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:19 pm

congratulations, you got ending 148. now that i think about it, lordcloudx was right when he(?[he is a lord after all, so i guess "he" should be correct]) said, that there are 200+ endings to this. taking this into consideration i have to apologize about my earlier post, stating that i found the message :wink:

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#13 Post by JQuartz » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:34 pm

Hmm...It was a bit confusing the first time I played it cause I can't determine who's speaking. Then I realized that the notes did tell the method to determine the the character. Talking to God and then acquire OLEVN and sacred something was kind of funny. But it wasn't too memorable though. It was a pleasant but forgettable experience. I guess I always end up with these types of games since I don't download anything that's too big.
Anyway, from what I experienced, I think the story is about a hero is getting fed up with working with the team he have no authority over which direction the VN is going so he decided to learn the way to use sacred VN programming engine and form a one man team. He made a number of VN and saw how beautiful his works are. Am I over analyzing the story?
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#14 Post by Maverynthia » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:31 pm

I kind of got out of it that big corps. didn't make the games the main person wanted so they found something like Ren'Py and made their own.

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#15 Post by Der Tor » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:26 am

Well... i loved all your games so far and i allways liked the messege that you tried to convey... some of your games where just so wonderfull with so much inner meaning... but this one? It appears to have an inner meaning and a messege hidden somewhere - but honestly... this is the first time that i totaly don't get it... even after reading through it like 5 times - i still don't get it. I don't only not get the messege and the inner meaning - i actually don't get no nothing - i don't understand a single sentence. :(

I can only guess that maybe that WAS your point - but that would make it very much pointless, wouldn't it? :?
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