People like to be insulted. Strange, but true.
I said I've seen it, not that it's common. Most have Visual Novels
have a first person perspective. The point is, though, that perspective is not part of the distinction. Both can and do use both.
I am a programmer.
And an author, for that matter. I've actually created a Choose Your Own Adventure
in the old Quick BASIC
. And one or two text adventures.
Anyway, I've read Visual Novels
that have a lot of options, and I've read Choose Your Own Adventure
books that have very few. The inclusion of items and stats for combat that some Choose Your Own Adventure
books have isn't necessary either. Some have pure reading choices. Visual Novels
can have similar things, but since they track your progress automatically, it may not be something you actually see unless you analyse it.
That people are surprised by the lack of choices in Visual Novels
is because they're expecting a game where you're in control most of the time. If you pick up a Choose Your Own Adventure
book, you're expecting a book with choices. Either way, I don't see how amount of interactivity is significant to differ them enough to say that it's completely wrong to refer to one as the other, with a different media.
I would differ them more by genre than anything else. The difference between reading two books (or games, or anything in between) of different genres is more different than reading a Visual Novel
and a Choose Your Own Adventure
book of the same genre. Both are interactive stories, with the focus of being stories that are interactive.
Though the real difference is the Visual part of it. While Choose Your Own Adventure
books do have some pictures, they don't visualise the conversations like Visual Novels
do. Sort of but not quite like comparing comics with books.
is a good series of books, by the way. The bad thing is that the math on some of the later fights really don't add up. You're going to die 99.3% of the time (that's an actual calculation I made, not an exaggeration, by the way, based on the stats I had then, which very decently good). Optimal stats and equipment can lower that to something like 90%, I think. Note that stats are supposed to be randomly generated.