Actually, that approach is what I would expect from a VN (I haven't read/played any others, so I don't actually know). If you get choices, your choices should determine your experience to some extent. A simple example is the scene where you're forced to encourage Rin to do the exhibition. There are a lot of different choices in that one (and which choices you get to choose between often depends on other choices you made before). The point of it is to let you vary Hisao's personality to some extent. Clearly, if you say different things, if you are a different person, Rin will react in different ways, with different characterisation implications. It's clear that you get a more complete picture of Rin, if you see all of them.Dullfinn wrote:Really? That sucks... I think the game should be WAY more clear about stuff like that. I wonder if it's just bad design, or something that would have required more tinkering with the engine? (I find the flowcharts somewhat confusing. They should be, at the very least, built-in, if not also more explicit...)
But the story unfolds from Hisao's perspective, and he can only ever do one thing at a time. And he will only ever trigger one set of responses. If this were a regular novel, there would be no choices, and you'd be left guessing for the "holes" in the narrative. No story is "complete". And anything you write down could have been different.
For the record, I don't think you're missing "vital information" in any playthrough.
Could you clarify? The most I could agree to is that the inclusion of the suicide is supposed to make us worry.Mirrormn wrote:When I argue for, or speculate about, the implication of Rin's suicide after the events of the neutral ending, I'm thinking more in the context of what I believe Aura was trying to tell us through his writing than what I believe Rin would do if she were a real person.
I read the text as a point-of-view tango: we're not our dance partners. Basically, I think the suicide is yet another stage for points-of-view to meet: Nomiya, Sae, and Hisao have all markedly different takes on that. Nomiya either doesn't worry, engages in denial, or thinks its an acceptable risk. Sae has a sort of fatalist attitude and goes for damage control. And Hisao is frightened that he's bitten off more than he can chew. Neither of them face the possiblity head on.
Rather than waiting for us to bring up the obvious cliché of the artist suicide by ourselves, the text presents us with it, and plays around with it, just like with anything else. I'd say the inclusion of the suicide is proactive undermining of a worry that the author could reasonably expect readers to come up on their own. Undermining not in the sense of "won't-happen"; more by throwing you back on yourself. You're worrying about Rin? Well, so do they all. What does that say about Rin? You think you understand her? Well, I do think I undertand her. But - ultimately - the joke's on me. The text makes it quite clear that - no matter how much I may identify with her - I am not her. The suicide's just another facet of this.