I have three questions I want to ask with respect to the title, but I think it’s valid offering them all in a single thread.
1. Which outings/dates have you encountered in CS games that you enjoyed?
The more I get to interact with characters in IF, the happier I am. I’ve only played a handful of games so far, but the trend seems to be to offer the occasional, brief encounter with a character (usually an RO) as a break from the plot, after which the event-driven story resumes. Were there times where any of you didn’t feel like the moment was over too quickly, where you thoroughly enjoyed the scene? Alternatively, did anyone encounter a scene that was brief, yet still completely satisfying?
2. Which outings/dates would you like to see in CS games?
I’ll admit, this question is asked purely out of curiosity. It can be applied to any setting. For example, in any school-type story, I’d imagine readers would expect a dance of some kind, but also something mundane like going to the mall to see a film, playing at the arcade, eating lunch, etc. In a science fiction or fantasy setting, however, it could be anything like spending an evening on a luxury airship or slaying a dragon.
3. How much interaction (inside or outside the plot) do you typically want with a character to consider yourself satisfied?
In other words, how much time must your MC spend with a given character during the course of a game for you to feel like your relationship with that character was fulfilling? It’s a very subjective question, I know, so be as abstract or concrete as you like. It could be… “I want at least two private conversations with a character where we can talk about serious things or just banter, and I want at least three choices during each.” I don’t know. What are your thoughts?
I’m happy to answer these questions myself, but I probably won’t do that unless prompted. Anyone can answer as many or as few of these as they like, of course!
Also, feel free to discuss anything else related to outings/dates with characters! I’m certain it doesn’t need to be only in CS games, but I’m not sure how badly the mods would want to move this thread to the off-topic forum if that was the case.
They could always share their own thoughts on the matter to prevent that from happening.