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Having your love exactly coming from this type of game, I actually wouldn't mind it at all.
I think it's generally made easier when you are the self-insert MC in the game. I don't mind it because honestly I like how the MC thinks in game, whose only choices (ones that contribute to the best end) results in the best interest for the idol. Other than the obvious perverted mechanics in the game, I think when you are given choices and lots of communication links, it feels as you are actually talking to her. Sure it is not open ended, so you are not really flexible with choices. But you can alter it a bit to fit within your personality, although there are some instances where the choices are just similar, you might as well have two options.
But I suppose there's a reason instead of having a pre-made character, they want you to have the entire world in your perspective, which increases immersion with the character. This is why there's no set canon in Idolm@ster, whatever you try to perceive is canon, with all the choices within what idol you want to produce, what dialogue you would pick that is appropriate with her and which pathway you would lead with the her in the end. Since there's no set canon, that makes any self-insert MC a versatile character, which is why in exchange for having a bland generic character, the character you are date in the game is completely unique to you and only you.
Now if you want to start getting imaginative, there's no stopping you from blending both your own wild fantasies in your head and the communications you have with her in the game. It would be as if you were roleplaying with your love and actually interacting with her in many ways, creating an opening for endless situations if you wanted to. Particularly with visual novels, the content is usually large for you to play with, so you can use the content as the base to get started with designing how her personality would fit with the situation and how you might incorporate yourself into it. And what if it doesn't feel right when the MC doesn't make the right choice? Then you might imagine yourself another alternative scenario would actually happen and see how it actually plays out when you follow the choice it is supposed to be.
I guess imagination does play a major role when y
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