There has never been a better time to get into the fandom. There are more visual novels being licensed out to big publishers and receiving official English releases than ever before (just recently, JAST announced Trample on Schatten at Anime Expo). There are also more fan translators working tirelessly to make these games playable in English than ever before. Despite all of the cease and desist letters and DMCA takedown notices, things are more active in the community now than they were two years ago. It hasn’t quite reached the level of maturation we’ve seen from anime fansubs, but it’s made great strides, so a lack of knowledge in the Japanese language is no longer a good excuse. There are plenty of options available to you.
I want to make others more aware of this at Eroyume. To start with, I’m adding the VNTLS logo in the bottom right of a post for any title that’s fully playable in English or has an English translation patch in the works. When clicked, it’ll take you to the status page. Here’s an example. On the Master List (which is still currently empty, btw, but I’m working on it), you’ll be able to sort by titles that are translated.
As far as other recent changes made, well… there are many. Explore the home page and see what you find. -_^