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Let this be the repository of unpopular opinion, personal kink love and hate, without shame.
Let everyone vent the annoyances, the rage-quit moments, the pure unadulterated angst at what a character or game moment brought about.

No one should be ashamed of what they post here. NO ONE SHOULD SHAME anyone here for the opinion they have - even if it's wildly inaccurate, completely off-base, has no substance or valid foundation to stand on... Only that it's someone's emotional waterfall of the ultimate question in adult games for everyone at some point...

WHY!?

Why did that happen?
Why is a certain aspect of a character, game, or trope so prevalent?
Why do so many games use or do something that - while many may find it awesome - many others also find it perplexing, perhaps even disgusting.

Discuss openly - without hating on kinks, without shaming fetishes, but honestly telling it how you personally see it - everything that annoys the hell out of you when you're trying to play or enjoy or even fap to a sexy game.

SO:
What is your pet peeve? What trope or experience have you grown bored with? Tired of seeing or experiencing?
What will make you quit a game outright, go on a trolling spree in forums, and rate it 1-star with a longwinded rage post review?
Or what just nags at you no matter how much you do your best to overlook or ignore it?
 
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With all due respect to the fans of these elements in gaming or sexuality, here's a simple list of things that bug the hell out of me in games... Short and sweet.

  • Grinding through the same scene/event (while holding the SKIP button) 100x just to get to the next actual progression.
  • The generic dead-slow 50-step relationship progression cycle: peep, hug, kiss, touch, [... 2 ... hours ... later...] bj, boobjob, grinding, cunnilingus, fingering, 69, vaginal w/condom, etc...
  • Massage/Suntan Lotion scenes.
  • Teenagers in High School drinking in bars --- uhh --- illegal in USA.
  • Bald genitals.
  • Love interest character models of unrelated characters are identical in every way but hair style and eye color.
  • Forcing players to see kinks they may not wish to know exist.
  • Useless choices that revert to the unchosen option anyway.
  • Bad Grammar, lack of punctuation, incorrect word use. "Common" is not "Come on".
  • Translations/foreign language devs who are not quite certain of gender pronouns... calling objects "he" and "she" while calling women "him" and men "her"...
  • UPDATE: If the protagonist is shown in the game, it's annoying when they have NO REFLECTION in the windows/mirrors that show everyone and everything else in the room, but a blank space where the MC obviously would be.

Then personally, my preferences exclude any presence of the following, as much as I know there are HUGE fans of these elements of adult games... THESE are what make me shake my head and wonder if I should bother even continuing the game when I see them...
  • Anything anal.
  • Futa/Trans - specifically being forced to have intimacy with them.
  • BDSM - specifically no way for MC to avoid being bled or bruised.
  • I get nothing from a boob-job, foot-job, or blowjob animation, and handjobs? anyone can do that, so it's kinda pointless.
  • Short hair on everyone. (I know rendering long hair is a pain in the ass, but I dare someone to have real women with real hair).
This is just my personal Pet Peeves and annoyances. I didn't even cover technical aspects of games that drive me insane.
 
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One of my biggest pet peeves: Making a Male Protag game with multiple LIs, but not making it 'harem' game. Why give so many LIs but try to force the player to CHOOSE only 1 or 2. If I am going to put the effort to 'woo' all these interests... I want to still have them all available as LIs at the end too.
 
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One of my biggest pet peeves: Making a Male Protag game with multiple LIs, but not making it 'harem' game. Why give so many LIs but try to force the player to CHOOSE only 1 or 2. If I am going to put the effort to 'woo' all these interests... I want to still have them all available as LIs at the end too.
YES!
I have played over 250 Adult VNs... Of those, about 15% or so make you invest time into every love interest, then end with "Pick ONE!" "JUST ONE!"
Even if more than 1 are showing a baby bump at the time of final choice.
I know there are gamers who don't mind replaying the game for each love interest, but if gameplay requires player to invest all that time in EVERYONE, then the HAREM option should be the primary path.
 
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I am a trained message therapist and used to do it full-time. Any representation of a PROFESSIONAL massage, in these games, just irks me. Of course it is represented that way in these games, I get it, its an easy excuse to bang... but it is NOT how the professional industry works. If anything, there is extra care to over-correct and never allow lines to be crossed. (I am not talking a rub-n-tug... I am talking about therapists with 1000+hours of school. Schooling that was harder than anything for my bachelor's degree.)

My experience has gotten me laid plenty, sure, but I always shut any of that shit down when the actual professional massage is going on. It can wait until after.

I could get way more into detail, and this isnt something that is a deal breaker in-game. But, it is a pet peeve.
 
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I don't like anal content, if able I always skip it or pick another option for the sex scene if I can. It really bothers me when developers treat anal as a step towards vaginal, as if a love interest would be more willing to do that earlier than have vaginal sex.

Also, the "Best Friend Character," trope is one I really don't like. They almost always end up highly annoying to me at best, or as rivals for a girl I (the player) like at worst. I'm usually waiting for any moment to get rid of them as soon as their comic relief wears off, they screw up a moment between the MC and a girl (I can let one or two moments like this slide if they are funny), or they start to get eyes for a girl in the game I (as the player) like the look of. It's made worse when developers set up the best friend with a girl on purpose. It always plays out he same; they will both be happy, the MC will be happy for them, and I (the player) will just be seething. Largely because it happens so often that the girl they create for the "best friend" is a girl I would like a lot.

There are maybe two friend characters in all the hundreds of AVNs I have played that I didn't end up hating by the end if I couldn't get rid of them. It's an issue I see frequently, and it bugs me every time. Friend characters very rarely add to Adult Visual Novels from my experience. Perhaps unintentionally, but they almost always either become annoying comic reliefs, or rivals. And nearly everything they do add, when they are funny or push an event forward, could have also come from one of the love interests or been done by a "friend character" that is still more background and not in the MC's face all the time.

False Harems are worse than games that make it clear there will be no harem. But I think every game should be a harem game by the end. I know too much about storytelling, history, cultures, religions, and human nature to believe that they aren't realistic or don't make sense for any given story. There is almost zero reason for any game not to have a harem ending. And there are zero reasons why any sci-fi or fantasy game can't have one.

There is probably more too, I might come back to this.
 
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One of my biggest pet peeves is overly wordy dialogue. Games like Maou Sama and THAMAR I was a big fan of at first, but the dialgue got too clunky for me.
 
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One of my biggest pet peeves is overly wordy dialogue. Games like Maou Sama and THAMAR I was a big fan of at first, but the dialgue got too clunky for me.
Well-written, interesting dialogue is fun. I get it though... Some people hate to read a lot of exposition.
For me, VNs that narrate the action while displaying that action or even displaying completely different action drive me nuts.

I'm a writer, so wordy games usually make me feel good.
Yet games with monotonous lines that flood the text box area gets exhausting.
Worse are games written in faux-English, meaning the writer is not a native speaker or used a bad translation program. Or perhaps they never learned proper grammar...

Luckily, in the game I work on, we try to keep it flowing. When I write, it's natural off-the-cuff dialogue. Sure, sometimes the scenes go on for 5+ min, but we mix up the images every 2-3 lines, add animations as much as possible, and try to keep the reader invested in the emotional content of each event.
 
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I am a trained message therapist and used to do it full-time. Any representation of a PROFESSIONAL massage, in these games, just irks me. Of course it is represented that way in these games, I get it, its an easy excuse to bang... but it is NOT how the professional industry works. If anything, there is extra care to over-correct and never allow lines to be crossed. (I am not talking a rub-n-tug... I am talking about therapists with 1000+hours of school. Schooling that was harder than anything for my bachelor's degree.)

My experience has gotten me laid plenty, sure, but I always shut any of that shit down when the actual professional massage is going on. It can wait until after.

I could get way more into detail, and this isnt something that is a deal breaker in-game. But, it is a pet peeve.
I completely relate to this...
I get aggravated when people who have never worked in an industry try to show an erotic fantasy in that setting.
The whole retail fitting room schtick, for example... Most retailers NEVER clean those places. They just grab the clothes and abandoned hangers, maybe sweep the floor once a month, perhaps wipe the fingerprints off the mirrors... But IRL, they're as bad as public toilets. And in some cases, have been used as such (every week at Kmart we had a CODE BROWN to Fitting Rooms).

I've been to many massage specialists. While the fantasy of having a complete stranger crossing that line from professional to 'happy ending' is fun to show in games, IRL, the person massaging you is likely married, has children, or is just trying to get through the obligatory time so they can go soothe the ache in their wrists and arms. And if it ever happens casually or quickly? That person is likely a paid prostitute looking for a surprise pay day.
 
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Not being able to chose who you want in a harem ending or getting all the girls.

For example in Spring city if you try and exclude a few of the love interests they still show up in the Harem ending. I have nothing against them but I am not a chubby chaser. I don't mind a little chubby but there is a limit to how chubby a women can be before I will say NO.
There are several chubby girls in Deadlock in Time that I like but any more then that... For instance the game UFO was too much for me.

And in Dating my Daughter you can get either the secretary or the coffee girl and either the beach girl or the petit friend. Its sad because the secretary has a huge crush on the MC and the beach girl is a good influence on the MC's daughter. I'm like why give us all the Love interests and not allow us to get all them all...
 
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Not being able to chose who you want in a harem ending or getting all the girls.

For example in Spring city if you try and exclude a few of the love interests they still show up in the Harem ending. I have nothing against them but I am not a chubby chaser. I don't mind a little chubby but there is a limit to how chubby a women can be before I will say NO.
There are several chubby girls in Deadlock in Time that I like but any more then that... For instance the game UFO was too much for me.

And in Dating my Daughter you can get either the secretary or the coffee girl and either the beach girl or the petit friend. Its sad because the secretary has a huge crush on the MC and the beach girl is a good influence on the MC's daughter. I'm like why give us all the Love interests and not allow us to get all them all...
Having become involved with developing a game, knowing how variables work and how much time it takes to create more than 2-3 alternate options for every scene... I get that some devs don't want the headache of giving players the option to add specific love interests to the endgame/harem group.
It's doable, but complicated. Look at Sisterly Lust - which also has the issue of limiting player to 3 'housemates' plus 2 options out of 6 side love interests (if I remember correctly)... Instead of letting the player have them all or perhaps have more than 5 at the end.

The game I am writing for and helping render and world-build with every update will have a Good Harem ending and a Dark Pimp ending, depending on player choices. In the Harem ending, I know one way to make every one of the (currently 40) love interests optional, but ffs, giving you all 40? ouch. Gonna have to do it one on one, as the game continues. Already in 0.10.0 we have a choice of being a lover or a fk-buddy for someone. Then there are the other characters nearing the end of their story 'romancing' cycle, who will either live with MC in his home or stay where they are and just be his fk-buddy/baby-mama... Not gonna get spoilery here.

I agree, not being given the CHOICE for who you want in your harem in a harem game sucks. For those of us devs willing to tough it out and offer players options (including 3 variables per character and thus 3 different paths for every one of the 40 characters --- 120 different scenes? OUCH!) You can see what it takes to make it work... And why so many start out with such ambition, then get bogged down in the intensity and demand of such variety.

As far as thicc/bbw options? I am on the same page. If their breast or butt cheek is bigger then their cranium? I'm uninterested.
 
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When there is no POV of your love interest in a sex scene looking for the top in a missionary position, say a build up to a love scene, and it has other terrible angels and positions.
When they make a fantasy game, house mate and landlord, no option to change it.
no options to give characters own names.
I saw a random alien in one of the visual novel I didn't like that.
NTR seems to make me cringe.
 
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NTR seems to make me cringe.
NTR is a shit fetish.

Also i cannot stand hypno or drugging. They are just another form of rape. If you cannot get the girl without resorting to those what are you doing.
 
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Intimate activities/features that confuse me, but show up a lot on games...

Why?

Pulling out when orgasming... To blow on body or face...
Licking and sucking of balls...
Forced shaving / shaming of anyone with pubes.
Complaining a woman's too smol when each boob is bigger than her head.
Lusting over a woman whose boobs point toward her toes / all female models have ultimate sag.
Models with nipples 3-4 in above where they should be, resting literally atop her breast tissue instead of at the proper center point.
Foreskin. Millions of us have never seen a foreskin, having had it removed after birth, and never being shown in any health or medical text.
 

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