Derid wrote:I think there is a huge potential market for this.
The fundamental problem, as asked by magusgs is "but how many gamers love to read".
Well, though the answer I think is " a pretty good amount" , it is true that the "core gamer" crowd in the USA
is not as receptive as a whole to VNs and such.
Wha people are missing, is the HUGE female reading community that is into urban fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi/sci-fi romance etc. From what I have observed this same demographic plays lots of casual games, and some significant degree of MMO. If you have paid attention to the anime/fansub community over the past few years, you should not but helped have noticed some overlap there as well.
While galges as such certainly would not have much appeal to this demographic, the well written mystery/paranormal mystery/urban fantasy ( F/SN is actually an archtypical urban fantasy btw) with limited or tasteful eroge components ( eroge would likely be OK be fine in many cases, as long as it is not misogynistic/derogatory toward women ) and priced at or less than the cost of a hardback book could do amazing things in this market.
As long as you sought out the proper market. In the USA, the "big money" for these types of works is not in the "core gamer" like in JPN. The money will be in finding the story oriented, game but more casual platstyle oriented crowd, and positioning the works as the real story they are - and moving away from the stereotype of exotic hentai for undersexed nerds. ( even though thats all 80%+ of VNs made in JPN seem to be)
So, you're basically saying this should cost less than $10? If it was $5 I might pay for it. Maybe even a little more. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE reading, but I don't really want to pay for this when it's already out on PC. Unless they add enough content. Then I might want to.