First thing first, yay me for making it 100 days straight! (Unless my numbering is off somewhere which it probably is because I’m bad at numbers.) It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, but I did it. This is a huge step for me because part of my bipolar disorder is starting huge projects and then abandoning them partway through. For me to undertake something this large and actually do it for this long is a major thing. I may have to buy myself a cupcake to celebrate.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the topic. Visual novels. They’re essential choose your own adventure ebooks with (sometimes) a few quicktime events thrown in. A good number of them barely make it into the “game” category, but I don’t care. They’re my guilty pleasure.
Visual novels are the exact brain break I need after dealing with ableism, sexism, racism, fatphobia, biphobia, and so much more on a daily basis. I don’t have to worry about difficulty settings, inventory management, or combat. All I have to do is click, read, and maybe make a couple of decisions. It’s wonderful. For once in my life, my decisions don’t have irreversible consequences. If I don’t like how it turned out, I can go back to a previous save and choose again.
Visual novels also allow me to turn my brain off. Once you become socially aware (I’m purposely not saying “woke” here because I hate that word now), you can easily see injustice, -isms, and -phobias everywhere because they are everywhere. It becomes tiring listening to your favorite music or watching movies and seeing the sexism they’re laced with. It’s exhausting. For some, music, movies, and books are their break. I like to critique those things. My brain break comes in the form of super cheesy, trope filled, probably problematic (but I’m not gonna examine it), visual novels.
Let me know what your “brain break” is. How do you turn your brain off after an exhausing day?