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Frequently Asked Questions (VERSION 2)

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This document is based on the original document compliled by the following:
tsubasa, Interactive Civilian, HaGeShiKu, cyocum, GameOuji, worldcitizen, sunandshadow, Pocky, NDarkstar, Arechan, milkchan, WooJin Lee
This rewrite/revision is compiled by:
omoikane, olf_le_fol, Blue Lemma
This document is an attempt to update a nearly 2-year old document with the intent to upgrade, to fix, to rephrase and correct, and to present the plight of ren'ai gaming in a more objective & palatable manner for the typical reader of Megatokyo. The main purpose of this revision is to fix and add links, and to rephrase certain...troublesome wording. Most importantly, we hope this revised edition will serve you better than the older edition.

That said, while this document will not contain everything in the old FAQ, so please, please, please read the old FAQ as well if you want to know more about ren'ai gaming and other things of the art, from a different perspective. I will try to include all that I see fit to include, but some tidbits are omitted as a victim of practical time limits ^_^;;

Updates
2005/01/25 - Many links updated, added informations about US fanmade games and translation patches.
2004/06/05 - Links to (free) fanmade Japanese games
2003/09/10 - Several links updated by Blue Lemma
2002/11/19 - Finished with first draft, posted for feedback
2002/10/11 - Included chapter 2 from olf_le_fol and finished chapter 3
2002/09/26 - Posted current progress (80% done with chapter 1)
2002/09/23 - Revision Started


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Table of Contents
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1 General Information about Megatokyo and ren'ai games
1.1 What is Megatokyo? What is the Dating Sims and Visual Novels Forum?
1.2 What are Dating Sims, Ren'ai games, Visual Novels, Upbringing simulations?
1.3 What are Bishoujo games?
1.4 What are hentai games, h games, erotic games, or erogee?
1.5 Are there any Dating-sims for girls?
1.6 Are there any dating-sims in English?
1.7 How much Japanese do I need to know to play dating-sims?
1.8 Are there any Dating sims for the Dreamcast/PC/MAC/Playstation 1&2/X-Box/GameCube/Saturn/etc?
1.9 Are there any place where I can discuss about Dating-sims?

2 How to obtain ren'ai games and other bishoujo games
2.1 Where can I get them for free? / Where can I download them? / Can I get a copy from someone / After all, I'm only (some young age) so I don't have money! It's natural for me to find the copy on the net!
2.2 Where can I get them? Where can I download them from? I'll pay for them!
2.3 I have paid to the paysite to get the downloadable version of __________, but the quality was poor.
2.4 How do I get the Dating-Sims translated into English? Can I enjoy ren'ai simulation games if I don't understand Japanese?
2.5 So, are there any ren'ai sim games already in English?
2.6 Where can I find demos, previews or reviews?

3 How to get Japanese games to work on my non-Japanese system?
3.1 What are these .lzh files and how do I deal with them?
3.2 How compatible are imports on U.S. console systems?
3.3 Some of the characters in certain people's post are jibberish, such as in Tsubasa's song translation threads.
3.4 I want to type some Japanese. How do I cut/paste the Japanese characters without a Japanese operating system?
3.5 How come the Japanese characters show up on some sites and not on some others?
3.6 The Japanese games won't show Japanese characters correctly on my PC. What can I do about it?

4 About Japan & Japanese
4.1 What is Kanji? What is Katakana? What is Hiragana?
4.2 What is Romanji?
4.3 Where do I learn casual Japanese?
4.4 Where do I learn formal Japanese?
4.5 How do I teach myself? Is there any way to learn Japanese by myself?
4.6 How do I get started in learning Japanese?
4.7 What does [commonly asked Japanese word/phrase] mean?
4.8 How do I get to Akihabara after I arrived at Narita Airport?
4.9 My Japanese knowledge is limited. Tell me about the Survival Japanese.
4.10 How much do things cost in Japan?
4.11 What is the JET program?
4.12 What information is there about teaching English in Japan?

5 Amateur culture in Japan
5.1 What is Doujinshi?
5.2 How can I obtain them?
5.3 What is comiket? Is it a sort of anime convention like cons in the US?

6 Miscellany


1. General Information about Megatokyo and ren'ai games

1.1. What is Megatokyo? What is the Dating Sims and Visual Novels Forum?

1.2. What are Dating Sims, Ren'ai games, Visual Novels, Upbringing simulations?
1.3. What are Bishoujo games?
1.4. What are hentai games, h games, erotic games, or erogee?
1.5. Are there any Dating-sims for girls?
1.6. Are there any dating-sims in English?
1.7. How much Japanese do I need to know to play dating-sims?
1.8. Are there any dating sims and ren'ai games for the Dreamcast/PC/MAC/Playstation 1&2/X-Box/GameCube/Saturn/etc?

1.9 Are there any place where I can discuss about Dating-sims?




2. How to get Japanese (and other imports) to work on my system?

2.1. Where can I get them for free? Where can I download them from for free? After all, I'm only (some young age) so I don't have money! It's natural for me to find the copy on the net!

2.2. Where can I get them? Where can I download them from? I'll pay for them!

2.3. I have paid to the paysite to get the downloadable version of __________, but the quality was poor.

2.4. How do I get the Dating-Sims translated into English? Can I enjoy ren'ai simulation games if I don't understand Japanese?

2.5. So, are there any ren'ai sim games already in English?

2.6. Where can I find demos, previews or reviews?




3. How to get Japanese games to work on my non-Japanese system?

3.1. What are these .lzh files and how do I deal with them?

3.2. How compatible are imports on U.S. console systems?

3.3. Some of the characters in certain people's post are jibberish, such as in Tsubasa's song translation threads.

3.4. I want to type some Japanese. How do I cut/paste the Japanese characters without a Japanese operating system?

3.5. How come the Japanese characters show up on some sites and not on some others?

3.6. The Japanese games won't show Japanese characters correctly on my PC. What can I do about it?


4. Japan and Japanese

4.1. What is Kanji? What is Katakana? What is Hiragana?

4.2. What is Romanji?

4.3. Where do I learn casual Japanese?

4.4. Where do I learn formal Japanese?

4.5. How do I teach myself? Is there any way to learn Japanese by myself?

4.6. How do I get started in learning Japanese?

4.7. What does [commonly asked Japanese word/phrase] mean?

4.8. How do I get to Akihabara after I arrived at Narita Airport?

4.9. My Japanese knowledge is limited. Tell me about the Survival Japanese.

4.10. How much do things cost in Japan?

4.11. What is the JET program?

4.12. What information is there about teaching English in Japan?



5 Amateur culture in Japan

5.1. What is Doujinshi?

5.2. How can I obtain them?

5.3. What is comiket? Is it a sort of anime convention like cons in the US?



6. Miscellany

Why are there so many English words in anime/J-pop songs?

What do -san, -chan, -sama, and other suffixes mean?

What are some greetings and goodbyes in Japanese?

Where can I download Graduation?

I don't have a credit card, how will I be able to shop online?

Links to some fan-translated Tokimeki Memorial can be found

Who supplies these games - actually it is more about recommended suppliers of shoujo manga.




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