Welcome to the Parallels between Improv and Harvest Moon N64

BOTH HAVE A BEGINNING

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IMPROV ~ They introduce themselves.
HARVEST MOON ~ You push start.

YOU GET TO NAME YOUR OWN CHARACTER 

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IMPROV ~ You can name yourself or another character.
HARVEST MOON ~ As long as it’s 6 characters long you can name them anything.

THERE ARE NO TAKE BACKS

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IMPROV ~ There are no take backs.  You have to keep going.  What ever you say in a scene cannot not be unheard.
HARVEST MOON ~ You get to decide what to do.  Your actions have a direct effect on the character.  Whether you choose to plant corn instead of tomatoes or spend a day wooing another character.  You decide.   This forever alters your path.  There’s no getting that day back, that moment back.  It’s already been crossed off in the calendar.

CHARACTER DEVELOPS

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IMPROV ~ Whether I’m in a character scene or a relationship scene, I’m developing my voice.
HARVEST MOON ~ Each day your farm gets better and you become closer with the towns folk.

CHOICE OF WHO TO LOVE

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IMPROV ~ You can have your character fall in love with someone or create a new character to fall in love with someone else.
HARVEST MOON ~ In most games you have your love interest planned out.  Harvest Moon does not.  It gives you five love interests.  FIVE!  You get to choose who to fall in love with.  Or you can say, “Screw it” and never love.  It’s up to you.

BOTH HAVE GAMES WITHIN THE GAME!

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IMPROV ~ You can find games you and your team want to play while in a scene.
HARVEST MOON ~ There are side games!  Like racing puppies.

GETTING DRUNK DOESN’T LAST LONG

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IMPROV ~ You can’t do much when your credibility is shot.
HARVEST MOON ~ You will pass out and jump to the next day.

THERE ARE ELEMENTS OF FANTASY

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IMPROV ~ You can do anything!  I feel like this statement is so repetitive, but it’s true.  The scenes I like the most are day to day life infused with a bit of magic.
HARVEST MOON ~ While mostly sticking close to real life, there are elements of the fantastical.

BOTH EXPRESS THOUGHTS ON THEIR MIND

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IMPROV ~ Saying how you feel and what you are thinking is like mana from heaven.
HARVEST MOON ~ Seriously though!  Look at these screen shots and tell me that someone wasn’t speaking the truth when they wrote this game.

REGULAR MOMENTS AND MOMENTOUS OCCASIONS

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IMPROV ~ Scenes vary from discussion to murder to all the in-between.  Basically it’s that repetitive thing I keep talking about.  You know, the one where you basically can do anything in improv.
HARVEST MOON:  The high moments are amazing because you worked so hard at the regular moments to achieve something great.  Yet at the end of the day, every moment is fun

THEY BOTH MAKE ME HAPPY

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