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22 June 2013 @ 12:59 pm
Your "Real" Self  
Hey Everyone!

I am curious to know how many of you actually play the TMGS games in accordance to your "real" self?

After years of playing the TMGS games, I realized that most of the time, I was playing with the "whichever guy I am after is the personality-type I will become" mentality. In other words, if he likes an athletic girl, I would spam the sports button (even if my real-life self has no athletic ability whatsoever); if he likes to ride the roller coaster at the amusement park, I love roller coasters (despite the fact that I find them terrifying); if he is a part of student council, I would join student council (even though I've never joined a club in my entire life); and if he'll only give me the light of day after I've asked him out ten times, by gawd, I would ask him out like my life depends on it (never mind the fact that I am an introvert and would never make the first move ever). XD XD

Point being... Most of us play the game differently from our real-life selves. So I did a little experiment and tried playing all of the TMGS games as close to my real-life self as possible. Honestly, I was expecting to end up sad and alone at the end of each game, because I am a nerdy girl who does not join clubs, does not acknowledge guys who do not acknowledge me first, does not buy birthday presents for people unless they are good friends, does not buy fancy clothes, and does not *cannot* make valentine's day chocolate. X)

I started off with TMGS1. I am a highly academic person in real life, so I spent most of my time studying, which of course made points with Reiichi in terms of test scores. However, I never went on any of Reiichi's field trips, because unless they were required for a grade (which they weren't), I would not bother. Moreover, if I had a teacher like Reiichi in real life, I would most likely be afraid of him. XD By second year, when I went out shopping for "basic" clothes (like a jacket for winter and a dress for the Christmas party), I ran into Jin. In real life, I would do my best to avoid random strangers, but since the game didn't really give me that option, I just went along with him. And because my Intelligence stats were pretty high, I kept running into him everywhere, so I eventually began warming up to him. To make a long story short, I ended up getting Jin's ending. XD I was not really surprised since hidden characters don't have as many requirements as the regular characters, but it was still nice to know that my real-life self was actually able to land someone. :3

Then, in TMGS2, I continued to uphold my nerdy reputation by doing nothing but study and hang out with friends. However, there were some things that clashed. For example, in real life, I usually don't fuss with my appearance, but because Hisoka was my best friend and I hung out with her all the time, my Beauty stats flew through the roof. X) I also somehow managed to get Itaru into Blushing, because he was always coming around and giving me attention, so I naturally gave him some back. ;) And despite the fact that Itaru and I had some differing opinions on dates--I answered the bad answer on four different dates, because that is what I would truthfully say--I somehow managed to get Itaru's ending. XD XD

For TMGS3, I did everything the same as the first two games: study all the time (I even refused invites from guys to go out on weekends before an exam so that I could study), avoid clubs, avoid a part-time job, buy and wear only essential clothing, never participate in the school athletic events, never make home-made chocolates, only give presents to anyone who was nice enough to me, hang out with my friends, and answer truthfully on all dates. To my surprise again, Tamao took great interest in me, and I took quite a liking to him too. ;) Best part: Tamao actually liked all of my truthful answers! And for some reason, he started complimenting my fashion by third year, despite the fact that I always wore a plain T-shirt and jeans (which never even got a rating). In the end, I got Tamao's ending, and I actually felt that, in real life, the two of us would have made a great match. :D

Overall, I was quite surprised that I was able to get any guy's attention, let alone his ending. It just proves that I am not as hopeless as I had originally thought. :3

So I challenge you, if you have not already, to try playing as your real self. :3 And feel free to tell me how it went! :D Were there things that happened that surprised you? What types of guys does your real self attract? Was it hard to resist the urge to play as your ideal self? Leave comments and discuss! I'd love to hear from you all. :D :D

P.S. I apologize for the lengthy entry. I was just so excited to report everything that I somehow became very long-winded. XD XD
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Celianna: Arashicelianna on June 24th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I can't play my real self, as the heroine is a spineless girl who can only stutter and mumble and act incredibly passive. Myself? I'm straightforward, and get what I want - I would most definitely ask them out before even the first year was over, but I'm stuck with waiting until they confess. Which is stupid.

Even if the third game has a devil mode - this does not change a thing in how I interact with the guys.

It'd be nice if in future games, they let us choose a personality, which heavily influences your decisions/options/dialogue with guys.

I see you had fun playing through each game with this mindset though! I might try to do one playthrough as myself as well.
genkonomiko: pic#121250234genkonomiko on June 24th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your response. :D I was afraid that the community was dead, seeing as no one has posted anything new since April.

Ah yes. I know what you mean. The heroine does seem to have a certain personality type that can't really be shaken no matter which way you play--she is always naive and quite clueless. X)

Overall, I guess I meant try playing as your real self given what you have to work with. After all, it would be impossible to get everything just right, especially because Japan has a completely different culture from our own. For example, I guess it is perfectly acceptable in Japan to invite your teacher to walk home with you after school, but here in America, it is not a common practice. Similarly, the entire tradition of Valentine's Day and White Day would be seen as flat-out ridiculous in my country, so I kind of have to do a little imagining and think more in terms of "if I were in that situation, what would I realistically do?" X)

It would be nice to be able to choose a personality, but I can understand why they don't. It would probably take too much time and money to produce such a game. XP

If you do play a game with your real self in mind, I'd love to know how it went. :3
Bia: pic#105004568biawog on June 24th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
That was interesting to read! I never thought about it, but it really is true that, in games, we shape the heroine to fit the character we want to go after! This actually makes me a bit sad, since I would probably not land any of the guys in otome games if I answered whatever I wanted xD. One question, tough, what did you do about bombs?? I mean, that's something that is completely unrealistic, but the game still imposes on us as a "penalty" in the first and second game, did you just let the bombs explode or did you go and call the guy out on a date, even tough you, in real life, would barely know the dude?? Also, did you start asking guys out only when they started calling you?

I don't know what I would do if I played as true to myself as possible in this games... I'm a pretty all around girl, I don't shine in any aspect (social, intelligence or sports), so I guess I would end up getting one of the girl's endings or being all alone, hahaha. If there was a character that had a requirement like "Use your computer for more than 30 hours a week", then I would be all set! Also, I agree with celianna , I'm pretty straight forward, if I'm interested in a guy, I'm usually the first one to do something. That's what happened with my current boyfriend, I had to ask him out, since he was waaaay too shy and so used to being rejected, he was afraid of getting his heart broken again!
genkonomiko: pic#121250234genkonomiko on June 25th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I was afraid that it was a bit too long and that people would start getting bored near the middle. XD

I strongly believed that I was going to end up with no one in the beginning, because my real self would never really meet any of the guys' requirements. However, I was pleasantly surprised, so maybe if you try it, you will be too. :)

As for bombs, because I pretty much did nothing but study, the only guys I knew who could possibly bomb me were Kei, Sakuya, and Wataru (for TMGS1) and Teru, Itaru, and Shota (for TMGS2). And since Sakuya/Itaru and I were pretty good friends already by the time bombs were activated, it didn't take much thought for me to try to diffuse bombs for them. After all, who wouldn't try to hang out with a friend when he/she claims that he/she feels left out and ignored by you? Wataru and Shota were also relatively nice to me, so I was naturally nice back. Moreover, they didn't really seem to bomb me that much. I guess they were satisfied with the amount of attention I already gave them. XD Kei and Teru, on the other hand, were kind of tough. The first time they started bombing me, Tsukushi/Yuu told me that I was being cold to them. Normally, whenever someone tells me that I am ignoring and/or being cold to someone, I try to reach out to that person. So no qualms there. However, when I invited them out to a place I wanted to go, they always said "no," and because I usually give people 3 chances before giving up on them, I tried reaching out another two times. But they kept refusing, so I eventually just said "Fine. You go be sulky that I am giving you the cold shoulder" and didn't bother again after that. However, by the time I got to that point, there wasn't really enough time left in the game for the bombs to explode on me. X) Of course, if you are a well-rounded girl, you will probably run into more problems because you will have met more characters who will all be vying for your attention at some point, and if you're the type to just say "screw you for saying I'm ignoring you when you ignore me right back," then in order to remain true to yourself, you would just have to let the bombs explode. Perhaps it would be best to play TMGS3 to avoid this problem altogether. XD

And yes, I did not ask any guys out until they started asking me out first. I did make one exception to this though: when Itaru gave his student council speech and was boo'd by everyone, I felt so bad for him that I invited him out the following weekend in an attempt to cheer him up. He was in Smiling at that point, so I could consider us friends when I did this though.

Hehe. I ran into a similar problem when trying to do recreational activities. XD I wish there was a "computer" and "video games" activity, but since there wasn't... the next best thing I could do in my time off (like Summer Break and long weekends) was art and hanging out with friends. X)

Should you ever choose to try playing one game as close to your real self as possible, I would love to hear about it. :D
Brawn Hilda: うさぎちゃんotomerica on June 25th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
I usually try to play as myself as much as possible, but it's true that, even with Devil/Angel mode, we have very little control over our character's personality and story trajectory. It's definitely something that's always bothered me and can, at times, really take me out of the game. This frustration is also something I've taken into consideration as I've begun developing and coding my own otome games, so I'm actually really glad to see this thread appear and know I'm not the only one who wants to be able to have more personal expression in their heroine's behaviour! :)
genkonomiko: pic#121250234genkonomiko on June 26th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you enjoyed my entry. :)

You make your own otome games? That sounds interesting. What are your games about and how do you play them? :D
Brawn Hilda: 遅いうさぎotomerica on June 29th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
We've just started development on our first title in the past month, so you can't play them yet, unfortunately. I am planning to share with this and some other otome communities I'm in once we have something playable. Our plans are to make something more inclusive than you might be used to, so you'll be able to play a male or female lead and there will be both male and female romance options, plus a more diverse cast. We're also including puzzle games. Our first game is being set in a magical boarding school (similar to The Worst Witch/Hogwarts), it's going to be more of a visual novel than a stat raiser but the puzzle games will impact your relationships.

For now, we're developing for browsers but we hope to move it to touch devices eventually. :)
genkonomiko: pic#121250234genkonomiko on July 2nd, 2013 09:48 am (UTC)
Sounds very cool. I look forward to your posting about it here once it is finished. :D
Brawn Hilda: 遅いうさぎotomerica on July 16th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'll probably announce something before that since I'm hoping to find some lovelies willing to help us beta test and give us their input during the development process. :)
ri_cchan on July 28th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
I read your entry the other day, and I was so inspired and tried doing the same thing! :D I answered truthfully on dates, and asked them to places that I would like to go to.

Well, since I'm a pretty picky sort of person, I knew I'd go after Kei because I liked him a lot more than I did the other characters (childhood friends forever lol) so I didn't play the first one, and so I decided to try 2nd kiss.
And unsurprisingly, I went for Saeki, the main character and pretty much ignored every other guy. Maybe because none of the other guys were particularly my type I just went for him (same as the first, I only find Kei attractive), and besides, after doing the survey at game start honestly, I got him for my accidental kiss (Btw I got the arty type for the parameters). I seemed to like going to the same places as Saeki (eg theme park roller coaster) and I answered and either got a normal response or good(usually good). I stopped a third through the play through, because I knew I was either going to get Saeki or end up alone haha.

Anyway, I found that playing as 'myself' quite difficult.
For one, the parameters at the start of the game and raising them in general was a problem. For example, what if you were naturally intelligent in real life and you didn't study much, but still did very well in exams?
If you ignored your study button in the game, your test scores would be pretty bad. Same with sports, and art and stuff.
Secondly, though I'm alright chatting and mucking around with boys, I would never ask them on a date somewhere! This is one of the parts where I really couldn't be 'myself', because if you don't date in this game you end up alone. lol
And like people mentioned above, you can't change the heroine's personality to suit your own.

One thing that bugs me, is that every time the heroine(in tmgs 1, 2 and 3) goes on the roller coaster in the themepark, she never enjoys it! >:( And I personally LOVE theme parks, so it really irks me that the heroine is always someone who cannot take exciting rides but has a extremely joyful expression when on the merry go round or the ferris wheel with the guy(which is most of the time :() when I find both of those rides oh so boring. I don't like how konami makes the heroine a stereotypical 'girl'- who said that girls like merry go rounds and ferris wheels and not roller coasters and haunted houses and bungee jumps??? lol rant over
That pretty much sums up my experience ahaha :)

Oh and by the way, I've been on exchange to Japan and went to a Japanese school for three months. Japanese society is very conservative compared to some other countries including America, and female students hardly even converse with male students(apart from super out there talkative types which are rare and few), let alone ask their teachers home from school which they definitely would NOT do (very inappropriate to invite your teacher to go home with you.................or to go anywhere with you including dates....) That would be just weird. xD Even is Aus, where I live. No such thing as study excursions either, but there is a school trip in second year. :x I think all these are just things that Konami put in so that there's actually a WAY to get closer to your teacher. lol

Edited at 2013-07-28 09:19 am (UTC)
genkonomiko: pic#121250234genkonomiko on August 2nd, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
Haha. I never really thought about what said regarding "natural talents," but it is so true. I realize that it is, in fact, quite hard for people to play as their real selves because the game is so limiting. However, I was trying to encourage people to try to get as close as possible. I guess it would have been more appropriate for me to say "what would you realistically do if you were thrown into those situations?" XD

I am glad that my post inspired you and that you actually tried it. :) I couldn't agree more with you about the heroine not enjoying certain rides. It always irked me that the heroine never gets to drive the go-karts either. If that were me, I'd want to drive my own kart. D: Similarly, who actually wants to sit in those boring merry-go-round seats? If I'm gonna ride the merry-go-round, I'd prefer to be on a horse (at least those things move). But I think Konami has its reasons for not making the game fully customizable: (1) it would cost way too much money to program, voice, and animate, and (2) the game cartridges probably can't fit that amount of data. X)
inuguchiinuguchi on November 25th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
hmmm... I think it depends on which "me" I decide to use for the game.

If I used my highschool personality, it would be easy to get any guy's ending which doesn't involve spamming the study command.
But now... I think the Athletic stats would be around 0 while Intell would be around 150.
I think, I'd also end up with Jin's ending or Himuro sensei's ? (Study and arts and charm)
Also, since I shop often I'd probably unlock Chiharu's ending and... well, I'll answer all his mails like in the game. However, I'd probably talk to him when meeting him on the first date xDD

TGS2... Komori or Shiba for the highschool me, then probably Akagi or Wakaouji ? Always the hidden characters, huh ?

TGS3, I'd probably go for Kou but end up with Shugo, Taiyo or Oosako-sensei (Since we kind of have the same dream of becoming a teacher after being helped by an amazing teacher <3)

There are some characters which I would probably hate or misjudge IRL but are quite lovable and funny in the game.
One more thing: I thing that just irl, I'd pursue the teachers and only get the Friendship ending though xDD

(Though it's an old one, I still wanted to answer the post, since it sounded interesting !!)
PueruMokkukai on July 28th, 2018 02:19 am (UTC)
(Replying to a 5 years old post? YUP. RIGHT TIMING, ME)

I just recently started playing the TMGS games, and I've only finished the first and second game so..

•♦• TMGS1: I initially went for the Kei route, and I wasn't really playing as myself. I mean, I studied a bit, thing that I do, and joined the baseball club as the manager, because I would love to be the manager of a sport club! Even though clubs aren't a thing in Italy... and sport teams for schools aren't a thing either. SO... not really me, but I wish that was me! When Wataru presented himself in the second year I just FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM. Oh my god he's perfection. I thought he was perfection. Yes. I played more like myself when I started going after him instead of Kei. For example: I'm a really shhy girl with social anxiety who's scared of men of the same age or older, but has no problem with younger boys (I'm in fourth year of Language High school so I'm 16-almost 17), so I had no problems talking or getting along with Hibiya mostly because he's cheerful and likes videogames. I'm thankful for the fact that he's younger, has a personality I like and has the same interests as me because in that way I wouldn't be scared of him in real life. Also I'm kind of spineless and clueless like the protagonist, so I could identify in her. Reason why I never called Hibiyan (♥) to ask him if he wanted to go out with me and waited for him to ask first, then I started to ask him to go out because it seemed like he was okay with it.

♦•♦SHORT STORY SHORT: 9/10 I was myself in the first game. Also Fujii was my best friend, while Morimura (did I write it right?) and the BasketballDude were my friends. Nice. Yo.

•♦• TMGS2: Kinda me? I stayed away from the characters I knew I wouldn't have got along with IRL like Saeki (even though he's kinda nice when you get to know him, I wouldn't even have talked to him in the first place) and the one second year that's an incredible flirt because I hate flirts.

Initially I went for Itaru because he seemed nice, even though he has the same age as me, even if I focused on being best friend with Chiyomin because she was adorable and she has a personality I would really get along with. Second year arrived: I studied decently the first year, never failed a subject like I do irl (luckily) and wore mostly pure clothes because I didn't care about anything. Yo. SO: second year came and Shota made his appearence. Now, I suck at athletical stuff or whatever, but I joined the cheerleader team because they have never been a thing in Italy and I'd love to be one. I LOVE SUPPORTING PEOPLE. WOOHOOO! x'D Aso Shota was a very good reason to keep myself in that club. :^)
He likes pure clothes? THAT'S MY TYPE OF CLOTHES. Together with sporty ones. Still, he was adorable and I like his 'devil' side too. Short story short: same thing that happened with Wataru happened here. He was cute, I liked his personality, I kept being myself. (Even though I once answered that I loved rollercoasters. I hate them. I'm scared of heights. I faint if I go on them. Someone save me)
I got his ending luckily, in the end and got to a first-type-thing-whatever university. Swoosh.
Also I was the one that started the asking out because Wataru gave me confidence so WHY NOT. (Cool thing: first date I went on with Shota: Wataru was in the background of the station. I chocked. WATARU-)

also: i'll never be in character when talking about skinship. I don't touch people. I barely hug or touch my close female friends. Fml.