Hardcore Gamer Japan: The visual novel is something which has remained very similar throughout the history of gaming. Because of that, many even question whether they can even be classified as games.
I can understand calling them video games but I'm not really of the opinion that they are. I find them to be more on par with books. I've played some with gameplay and I generally enjoy the experience but it doesn't really change my perception of them.
For example take a look at a title like Kamidori or rather all Eushully games. Those games have a rather deep rpg experience and I consider those more video games than Vns. While it's true that these games few in number.
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