Thus begins a vicious cycle where lack of social interaction leads to shyness, which leads to a further lack of social interaction.
On a community level, the most dangerous mentality to internalize is one that wholeheartedly vilifies “gatekeeping.”
Unlike many of the other servers I’m a member of, the Iyashikei Discord server doesn’t have a “debate” or “serious discussion” channel.
We often draw a false dichotomy in fandom. You’re either enthusiastic with shallow knowledge, or you’re bitter and negative with deep knowledge.
Over time, playing VNs can make the reality of life – it’s impermanence, it’s linearity – seem like a drag.
Over time you will understand and adapt to it like the con-goer pros. Don't fret, just be ready for anything.