In some of the early erotic games, the erotic content is meaningfully integrated into a thoughtful and mature storytelling, though others often used it as a flimsy excuse for pornography.Erotic games made the PC-8801 popular, but customers quickly became tired of paying 8800 yen () for such simple games.In 2006, JAST USA announced they would be releasing Enzai as Enzai: Falsely Accused, the first license of a BL game in English translation.
As with yaoi manga, the major market is assumed to be female.
Games aimed at a homosexual male audience may be referred to as bara.
have their origins in the early 1980s, when Japanese companies introduced their own brands of microcomputer to compete with those of the United States.
Competing systems included the Sharp X1, Fujitsu FM-7, MSX, and NEC PC-8801.
A 2006 breakdown of the Japanese commercial BL market estimated it grosses approximately 12 billion yen annually, with video games generating 160 million yen per month.
Very few BL games have been officially translated into English.
Soon, new genres were invented: ASCII's Chaos Angels, a role-playing-based eroge, inspired Dragon Knight by Elf and Rance by Alice Soft.
In the early 1990s eroge games became much more common.
Boys' Love (BL) games (also known as yaoi games) usually refers to eroge oriented around male homosexual couples for the female market.
The defining distinction is that both the playable character(s) and possible objects of affection are male.
To Heart's music was so popular it was added to karaoke machines throughout Japan—a first for eroge.