(Depending on how things go, this may be deleted later, haha…) So I started this lowly blog of mine a few years ago, with the intention of logging the various games I play and keeping thoughts/notes/walkthroughs for myself. Time got away from me (rather, I’m bad at time management), and lately, this blog has become mostly walkthroughs or translations with very few reviews, so I haven’t been voicing the passion for my hobbies as much as I thought I would. So I’m sorry that my first review(?) in a long time might come off as heavy, haha.
When it comes to mobile otome games in English, Voltage is probably the most well-known company — at least, I think it is? I used to be really on top of Voltage releases and would compulsively check every app during the week to see if there was even the tiniest update. I used to spend probably an embarrassingly large amount of money on Voltage. Like on top of main stories and sequels, I would always get all the substories that contained my favorite characters, and I have… So many… Multiply that with the amount of substories that exist, multiplied by how many games Voltage has!
This year, however, I’ve cut down my expenses for Voltage drastically. That’s not to say I’ve boycotted them, but the amount I spend has been significantly less than in the past. The thought of boycotting them has crossed my mind a handful of times, but then I think about the fun I’ve had with their old games and how I met really good friends through these games, and I can’t bring myself to completely quit cold turkey, haha. Anyway, there’s a lot of reasons why I’ve been disappointed in Voltage lately, and I’ve been wondering if I’ve been the only one…
My friends who I talk to about Voltage the most share many of my own opinions, so our dissatisfaction toward Voltage are all on the same page. I hear a lot of “fandom” stories from them since they’re far more active on Tumblr than I am, and the fandom stories I’ve been hearing lately have been pretty upsetting, actually. Like downright nasty. I’m not sure if this is just exclusive to the Voltage community on Tumblr… Or maybe because my friends and I are of similar ages/ethnicities/backgrounds, we share very similar values.
So I’m curious to hear your opinion. How long have you been a Voltage fan? Do you like the direction where their games are going? How do you feel about how the overseas branch handle the games? Do you feel dissatisfied in any way? Do you prefer any other (otome) game company and why? Is there something you want Voltage to do or not do? You can even complain about fandom as well (just don’t namedrop, please)!
I’ve mostly heard of the drama(?) that happens on Tumblr, so I’d like to know your opinion about Voltage lately, even if you’re active on Tumblr or not.
Underneath the cut is my lengthy laundry list of why Voltage has been a source of stress rather than relaxation, but please don’t feel obligated to read it!! I wrote far more than I had planned, haha.