Some more ideas, mainly about the protagonist.
I think I want to make him a sort of misanthropic otaku character. It'll be a high school setting, just because why not.
Basically, he looks at people as annoying and complicated and full of drama and issues, and therefore prefers to only have the minimum amount of contact necessary with them. He much prefers the presence of "fake" people, the people in the 2D worlds of anime, games, VNs, etc.
He's a nice guy, who's not afraid to help people out if they need it, he just doesn't like the drama that comes with interpersonal relationships.
One girl at his school realizes his innately generous and nice personality, and tries to get close to him. IRL Heroine. The otaku protag is reluctant at first, but constant pestering by the IRL Heroine eventually gets her close to him. Let's make her a genki girl, I suppose.
The IRL Heroine should teach the protag that, yeah people are dramatic and annoying and complicated, but that's no reason to never have ties with anybody.
Anyways, I think somewhere along the line she should accidentally find out about the protag's VN Heroine, and the way he feels about her. I think the protag should freak out, worried that the IRL Heroine might make fun of him, tell other people, etc. etc. However, I think that the IRL Heroine should make some sort of speech praising the protag for providing a girl, albeit a 2D one, with true, real love, when few others would be willing to do so.
I think the "choose between them" should be something like "The Rollercoaster Ride of Real Life" vs "The Pure Joy of the 2D World". I want to figure out some way to make both options appealing to the player.
I want a speech somewhere along the way comparing the electrical impulses in the brain that make up emotions comparing the electrical impulses in the computer making the character on the screen 'simulate' emotions.
Two more things:
- I'm thinking of two "positive" ends for the VN Heroine
1a. Good End: Protag somehow (Through some crazy sci-fi 'POWAA OF LUUUUOOOVE' means) enters the world of the VN Heroine, and lives with her there.
1b. Best End: Once again, somehow with crazy sci-fi means, the heroine is born into the real world, and lives with the protag there.
So, what'd'ya guys think?