DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that eroge games were born out of Japan's desire to beat the United States in the business of microcomputers? Eroge, also referred to as erotic games, rose to popularity in the 1980s, when Japanese companies just launched their own brands of microcomputers. At the time, X1, FM-7, MSX, and PC-8801 were enjoying a robust status and were considered among the top competitors in the market. NEC, however, was lagging behind when it comes to hardware. They were looking for a way to dominate the industry again, and they found out that introducing erotic games was the way to go.
Through the years, the term 'eroge' has taken on various vague meanings. For some, anything that contains adult themes is considered an erotic game. Others define 'eroge' as hentai games or anything that explicitly depicts sexual intercourse. People found these games exciting at first, but they soon grew frustrated with uninteresting plots and mindless sex. In 1992, Elf introduced dating sims with D?ky?sei. The game contains no definite plot, but the player has to earn the affection of one of the female characters before he could have a sexual interaction with her. Later on, Leaf expanded the concept of dating sims and called it a visual novel. This genre is geared towards the stories more than the sex, with plots similar to those of popular erotic stories or erotic movies. One example of a visual novel is Fate/stay night, which is considered as one of the best eroge games now.