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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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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)