Hey guys, looking for advice about this super difficult life decision I gotta make: playing a video game.
tl;dr Pick what level I should aim for before starting to play:
- YOLO do it now
- Level 11
- Level 20
- Level 60
Basically, the game is called Gerokasu (cw: lots of death and despair) and it’s probably never getting localized so I’ll need to play it in Japanese. It’s a visual novel with very little player input so understanding enough to just play isn’t the problem; it’s more about reading and following the story. I’m pretty good at listening but my kanji skills are, uh, not up to par. I watched ~1 hour of playthrough on Youtube and, based on that, I understood ~90% of the dialogue but only ~25% of the text/kanji. There’s probably more dialogue than text but there’s plenty of both.
If I wanna play the game and follow the story well (which I do), I gotta get better at kanji pronto. Based on some very lazy manual checking by handwriting the kanji I didn’t know and looking them up in WK, I have these (totally sketchy/unreliable) estimates:
- Level Now: I understand ~25% of the kanji
- Level 11: I’ll understand ~50%
- Level 20: ~70%
- Level 60: ~90% (there were a fair number that just weren’t on WK )
So the ultimate question is: when do I start playing? I’m currently leaning heavily towards YOLOing it and diving in while basically skipping most of the text, which is probably a bad idea. This author loves doing complicated tricks/puzzles/plot twists which I probably won’t understand if I’m skipping a bunch of text…
On the other hand, I don’t think waiting past Level 20 makes much sense because (a) I’m a two-marshmallows-now-impatient kinda guy and (b) whether the % kanji I have to look up is 10% or 30% is not gonna be that different an experience in terms of reading I think. The other big issue is that the longer I wait, the higher chances of the plague coming to an end. And I expect that if that happens, I’ll probably spend a lot less time on video games in favor of, well, having a life (not that I remember what that’s like).
Anyway I’m looking for advice/suggestions on this front: I figure most of you have more experience reading/trying to read Japanese stuff above your level than I do!