An nihongo|eroge|エロゲー|erogē| a portmanteau of "erotic game:" "erochikku gēmu" is a
Japanese video or computer game that features erotic content, usually in the form of anime-style artwork.
In English, eroge are often called "
hentaigames" in keeping with the English slangdefinition of hentai. This is sometimes shortened to "H games."
In Japan, eroge are also referred to as nihongo|18+ games|18禁ゲーム|jūhachi-kin gēmu.Fact|date=June 2007.
History of eroge
In the 1980s, Japanese companies introduced their own brands of
microcomputerto compete with those of the United States. Competing systems included the Sharp X1, Fujitsu FM-7, MSX, and NEC PC-8801. NEC was behind its competitors in terms of hardware (with only 16 colors and no sound support) and needed a way to regain control of the market. Thus came the erotic game.
Early eroge had simple stories, often involving
rape. It made the PC-8801 popular, but customers quickly tired of paying 8800 yen ($85) for such simple games. Soon, new genres were invented: ASCII's " Chaos Angels," a role-playing-based eroge, inspired "Dragon Knight" by Elf and "Rance" by AliceSoft.
In 1992, Elf released "
Dōkyūsei". In it, before any eroticism, the user has to first win the affection of one of a number of female characters, making the story into an interactive romance novel. Thus, the love simulation genre was invented.
Soon afterwards, the video game "
Otogirisou" on the Super Famicomattracted the attention of many Japanese gamers. "Otogirisou" was a standard adventure game but had multiple endings. This concept was called a "sound novel."
In 1996, the new software publisher Leaf expanded on this idea, calling it a
visual noveland releasing their first successful game, " Shizuku," a horror story starring a rapist high school student, with very highly reviewed writing and music. Their next game, " Kizuato," was almost as dark. However, in 1997, they released " To Heart," a sweetly sentimental story of high school love that became one of the most famous and trendsetting eroge ever. "To Heart"'s music was so popular it was added to karaokemachines throughout Japan—a first for eroge.
After a similar game by Tactics, "," became a hit in 1998,
Visual Art'sscouted main creative staff of "One" to form a new brand under them, which became Key. In 1999, Key released " Kanon." It contains only about 7 brief erotic scenes in a sentimental story the size of a long novel (an all-ages version was also released afterward), but the enthusiasm of the response was unprecedented, and "Kanon" sold over 300,000 copies. In 2002 a 13-episode anime series was produced, as well as another 24-episode anime series in 2006. According to Satoshi TODOME's "A History of Eroge," "Kanon" is still the standard for modern eroge and is referred to as a "baptism" for young otakus in Japan.
Although many eroge still market themselves primarily on sex, eroge that focus on story are now a major established part of Japanese otaku culture.
Types of eroge
Most eroge are
visual novels or romance sims. However, there are many other kinds of eroge:
* Other common "video game" genres such as RPGs with eroticism.
* "Conditioning game," in which the female character, by performing different types of sexual activities, changes her stats, unlocking additional types of play.
* "Strip"' versions of traditional games, including but not limited to
mahjong, pachinko, poker, chess, and blackjack. Many adult arcade games fall under this category.
* "Interactive video," which is essentially nothing more than an eroge that plays in a
DVD player(also known as "DVDPG," DVD player game).
* "Sex simulators", often in 3D.
* Puzzle games with erotic background images.
* "Ero-cha" is online sex chat employing full voice chat with voice actresses in real time. This system uses 2D eroge-type characters, as well as erotic game style point-and-click functions.
Eroge may be
bishōjo games, GxB, or BL games, although bishōjo games are the most popular.
Eroge are seen among many Internet Westerners as focusing on pornography. There are, in fact, a number of eroge that involve sexual assault (see "
Pornography in Japan"), although not all fans play them. But, unlike the majority of Western adult games, many eroge focus on story, portraying characters with individual personalities, quirks, and daily concerns, developing a strong sense of setting, and emphasizing social relationships outside of sex.
Only a few small companies, such as
Peach Princess, translate eroge into English. Most of the games they release are obscure in Japan, although "" is moderately well known among Japanese eroge fans.
Recently, there have also been plenty of fan translators of these games. They prioritize on translating high-profile visual novel, mostly eroge that are unlikely to be translated into English due to the heavy translation works and small market. Most of these fan translation groups shunned piracy and only release the translation patches while encouraging people to buy to use the patch with the original copy of the game.
One problem English localization faces is that eroge, like
mangaand anime, overwhelmingly tend to be about middle school and high school studentsFact|date=September 2008, but the sexual portrayal of characters under 18 faces greater legal concern and public disapproval in English-speaking markets. To address this, localizers usually change the script so that the characters are over 18 and go to college (e.g. Come see me Tonightand its sequel).
List of hentai computer games
List of hentai authors(groups, studios, productions companies, circles)
* [http://www.shii.org/geekstories/eroge.html A History of Eroge]
* [http://www.hentai.co.uk/articles/eroge_past_present_and_future.html Eroge: Past, Present and Future]
* [http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=75964 The Bluffer's Guide to Hentai Games (Eurogamer)]
* Let's ｦﾀck 'n' Roll ♪ [http://hisabilly.seesaa.net/article/102871453.html メガストアのクロスレビューで殿堂入りを果たした、PC-98エロゲーの名作ソフト達] (Retro Game Attack Over Japan)
* [http://retropc.net/alice/menu.html アリスソフト アーカイブズ] (early AliceSoft games)
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