Eroge

What is Eroge?

Eroge is a niche genre of Japanese PC games also known as 18+ games. In the West, they are often referred to as hentai games or H-games, although this is a misleading name due to reasons explained below. Eroge is a portmanteau of erotic game, and as such, all eroge include some erotic content. However, do not think that the focus of all eroge is on the erotic (ecchi or H) parts, as there is much more to them. Eroge goes hand-in-hand with visual novels, which are all-ages story-based eroge, akin to Western fiction. Note that galge and bishoujo game encompass both eroge and visual novels.

First, let’s clear up some misconceptions regarding the genre.

  • Eroge are not all cartoon porn. There are many games that have captivating storylines or gameplay, with minimal erotic content. Some games even provide you with an option to skip the H scenes altogether. This misconception stems from a combination of many factors. Story-centric games are difficult to comprehend for non-native speakers, leading to the majority of eroge brought overseas to be H-based since they are easier to ‘understand’. There is a distinct lack of official translations into other languages due a lack of general interest in Western markets. This stems mostly from unfamiliarity with the genre and existing misconceptions. In addition, there is a mindset among some players that they play eroge only to get the H scenes or HCGs. Since they cannot understand the language, they seek something that doesn’t need any explanation: porn.
  • Eroge are not all dating sims. Dating sims (also called love simulation games) were highly popular back in the 1980s and 1990s. Examples include Tokimeki Memorial 2 (Konami) and Doukyuusei (elf). In these games, you have to do repetitive tasks such as studying, part-time jobs, buying gifts and going on dates, in order to raise your stats and gain affection points with heroines to unlock their endings. Ever since Leaf introduced the love comedy genre with ToHeart and key made the nakige (crying game), Kanon, in the late 1990s, a greater number of games have put emphasis on the story instead of just ‘getting the girl’. In most games, you also don’t have to do repetitive tasks now (at least for ADVs) and just need to make a few critical choices in the common route. Dating sims in the original sense are pretty much nonexistent now.

Categorization of Eroge

Just like there are many types of anime or movies, eroge can be divided into various types:

  • ADV/AVG (adventure game) are basically a visual novel, usually with multiple storylines and a cast of characters that grows as the story progresses. Depending on a player’s choices in the common route (flag system), the story will evolve differently. Most eroge fall under this category. ADVs are normally set in a school environment and are love comedies, although this is not always the case.
  • RPG (roleplaying game) are not much different from their non-H counterparts. You wander about dungeons, slay monsters and level up your favorite characters. Or alternatively, you are a strategist directing your troops to attack neighboring factions. Regardless, you will spend lots of hours on the game. However, there’ll be incentives in the form of HCGs if you win. And if you lose, there’ll still be HCGs. So hey, it’s a win-win situation!
  • SLG (simulation game) are not as common, but can be very enjoyable. Mirroring actions in real life, you can raise daughters, run businesses or build towns. There is considerable planning that is needed, but your hard work will pay off in the end. There are not many of this genre since it is difficult for game makers to find the balance that is necessary for players to enjoy such games. Note that dating sims are a type of SLG.

There are also other categories, such as ACT (action game), STG (shooting game), PZL (puzzle game). Note that there are some games that can belong to multiple categories, such as Baldr Sky (GIGA) being an ACT+SLG. Sometimes there are mini games included, especially in fandisks. An example would be batting practice in Little Busters! (key).

Beyond the broad type that it is under, there are basically three spectrums that an eroge can be rated on: story, interactivity and H (ero content).

  • Some game have extremely deep and intricate storylines such as Natsuyume Nagisa (Saga Planets), Muv-Luv Alternative (âge) or Fate/stay night (Type Moon). Typically, there are less choices in these type of games and a true route is presented to the player at the end. On the other end of the story spectrum are those that don’t have little or no story, such as the Love Death series (TEATIME) or 3D Custom Girl (Tech Arts3D). It is noteworthy that these games usually make up for this with innovative gameplay or H content.
  • RPGs and SLGs are known to have high amounts of interactivity and gameplay. GIGA‘s Baldr series is wildly popular due to its gameplay (and storytelling as well), while Eushully is among the best RPG makers out there. Many fandisks also have mini games or Japanese (riichi) mahjong included for your gaming pleasure. Meanwhile, there are those where the story is almost entirely linear, such as propeller’s Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo. When an eroge does not contain any choices, it is known as a kinetic novel. An example of this is ocelot’s all-ages visual novel Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica.
  • H content varies greatly from game to game. Some games are focused on having sex with as many girls as possible, or catering to certain sexual fetishes. These games are normally referred to as nukige or yaruge. Note that over half of all eroge produced belong to this category, which predominantly have dark themes. You can usually tell if a game is a nukige just by looking at the cover or reading the name. Conversely, some games only show one or two H scenes at the end of each route, depicting the final act of consumation of the lovers’ relationship. Popular eroge are increasingly being adapted to consoles such as the PS2, PSP, XBox360 and DS. In these adaptations, the H scenes are replaced by original scenes since 18+ content is not allowed on these consoles. The most well-known H-free visual novel is CLANNAD by key.

The length of each game also varies greatly. Some ADVs take over 10-15 hours to finish one route, while RPGs are notorious for sucking hours of your life away. Meanwhile, various doujin (amateur) circles make short one-route games which can be completed within an hour or two. Even among professional companies, there are full priced (~9000 yen) and low priced games (~3000 yen). For example, softhouse-seal almost entirely produces low-priced nukige. Of course, there is a notable correlation between game price and the number of heroines and story length/quality.

Why Should I Play Eroge?

So you might be wondering what makes eroge interesting and why some people prefer playing it over watching anime or other forms of media.

  • Playing eroge and visual novels is similar to reading a book. However, with the voicing of the seiyuus (voice actors), the characters come to life. With appropriate music playing in the background, a good emotional scene turns into a tear-inducing one. Being able to see the characters on the screen and watch their expressions change as the scene unfolds brings another dimension that manga and Western fiction are lacking.
  • The problem with anime is that it is constrained by the cour system where the story must be condensed into a set number of episodes. This causes some series to feel rushed. In other anime, there is a shift of focus from the story to character presentation. This is why you see an increase in fanservice, as this is designed to lure in viewers and increase subsequent merchandise sales at the expense of storyline development. In eroge, there is no such constraint so the character and plot development are much better constructed. Not only that, but due to the interactivity mentioned earlier, the player can decide on which character’s story they would like to follow, thereby increasing both the dynamic nature and personal enjoyment of the game.
  • Due to the route system in most eroge, there is high replay value. Instead of watching anime where it follows one route (most likely not your favorite character), you now have the choice to follow whichever character and story you wish. Enjoy talking with your favorite characters. Delve deep into their backstories. See how they react when you decide to choose another girl instead. More games nowadays include true routes which are available to the player only after prerequisite routes have been completed. Personally, I believe that finishing a game completely brings a very satisfying sense of closure to each game that I play.
  • Reading books are a good way to increase vocabulary and refine your writing. Eroge is no different in this regard. I’m sure that many of you are interested in learning Japanese or perhaps already know quite a bit. Unlike anime and manga, which consists almost entirely of dialogues, you can learn a lot from reading eroge. Don’t be afraid that you don’t know everything! As you play more, you’ll begin to recognize words and being able to hear how they’re pronounced is also a major plus.
  • Most eroge have low system requirements, aside from the disk space required to store all the sound files. The exceptions are 3D games, such as FrontWing’s Time Leap, Leaf’s Kimi ga Yobu, Megiddo no Oka de, as well as ILLUSION and TEATIME‘s highly interactive games. Overflow of School Days fame is also well known for creating huge games since their games are fully animated. Aside from these, so long as you set the regional and language settings on your computer to Japanese, you can enjoy these games!

How Can I Start Playing?

Eroge sales are limited to Japan only, so acquiring these games might be a challenge for those that do not live in Japan. Don’t worry though as there are many options available. You can either import via a middleman company like Tenso or a company that ships overseas like ErogeShop. If you are not comfortable with the language, you can either use a text hooker and translator like AGTH and ATLAS, or try out the English-translated games from upstart company MangaGamer or JAST USA. There are also many fan-translated versions floating around the internet, however not all game makers approve of these and overall progress is generally slow. Please support the companies by buying the full game where possible. If you are wary of buying games without knowing fully what to expect, please check out our posts about upcoming games, reviews, visit the official sites, search VNDB or ErogameScape, or download the free demos from the official sites and try them out yourself!

Reviews

An archive listing reviews by Micchi and Zen is sorted by overall score and split into scores by each category.

Micchi and Zen’s Lists

Micchi has too many games in the backlog.
Zen never updates his list.

Company List

If you are interested in certain eroge makers, please check the list of company sites.

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Micchi’s Preferences

In general, I play story-based ADVs which have a healthy mix of comedy and drama. I also play straight up comedies (baka-ge) and some RPGs. That being said, it is usually the characters and artwork that drives me to play a game, so I usually end up playing moe-ge or chara-ge. However, I generally stay away from H-based eroge. If it has H on the cover, it’s basically automatically off my list. The games shown on this site are representative of my tastes, so if you’re looking for H-based eroge, I’d suggest you check out Getchu or Hongfire instead. My tastes are all key’s fault.

My favorite games are those that have a cohesive plot with significant character and relationship growth. They usually also contain a true route and the stories are driven by magic, miracles, wishes and promises, but not in an over-the-top manner. I view ero scenes as part of a growing relationship and they’re fine if done in good taste and are not excessively long. The BGMs and voices must fit the mood and characters. I tend to play the love comedy ADV genre in a school setting and love those that bring tears to my eyes and tugs at my heart. I have a weak spot for first love stories, and despite how much I complain about it, I am fine with bittersweet endings.

But most of all, I love imouto (little sister) characters! So naturally, I gravitate towards games that have a cute imouto (imouto-ge) that I just gotta take home~! I’ll talk a lot about imoutos on this site, so I hope you’ll start liking them too! ^_~

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My favorite character moe traits are:

Relation: imouto (妹), kouhai (後輩), osananajimi (幼馴染)
Personality: genki-kei (元気系), amaenbou (甘えん坊), innocent (天真爛漫), koakuma-kei (小悪魔系), jealous (焼きもち)
Visual: short twintails (ショートツインテール), yaeba (八重歯), semi-long hair (セミロング), heterochromia (オッド・アイ)
Clothing: beret (ベレー), ribbons (リボン), shimapan (縞パン), tennis outfit (テニスウェア), paisura (パイスラ)

Micchi’s harem (includes game spoilers):

Amamiya Shizuku (Shinigami no Kiss wa Wakare no Aji)
Chitose Sana (Tenshin Ranman)
Daikanyama Sumire (Suzunone Seven!)
Hiiragi Koharu (Hello, good-bye)
Minahoshi Asuho (Hoshizora no Memoria)
Ooizumi Mai (Real Imouto ga Iru Ooizumi-kun no Baai)
Takanashi Mahiru (Da Capo II Plus Communication)
Takanashi Yaya (Clover Point)
μ (Da Capo II To You)

A list of my favorite OPs and notable games over the past dozen years:
1997~2003 2004~2005 2006~2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

65 Comments Add your own

  • 1. XiahKim  |  January 12, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Whats an eroge? o.o

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  • 2. Satsuki Shizuka  |  January 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I’m surprised that you even got Sorairo no Organ in this list! For most eroge-ers, this is a game that they either just stack away, or even not know (after all, it is the sole production by the company, which eventually seeped back silently to F&C, and later split to etude today).

    It’s a single storyline, so you can’t POSSIBLY screw up. Play the 36 chapters already, it’s a good story!

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  • 3. Veldril  |  March 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    You should really try Type-Moon’s games!

    Well, it’s love or hate type but if you’re looking for a deep, complex storyline, Tsukihime and Fate/Stay Night is really a must.

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  • 4. accany  |  April 6, 2009 at 5:12 am

    What about zen’s collection? ZEN don’t be lazy and post yours too >.>

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  • 5. momochi  |  April 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I second accany’s suggestion!!! ^_~

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  • 6. Zen  |  April 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    But.. But… that is a huge list… THINK of all the work involved!?

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  • 7. momochi  |  April 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I bet it won’t be as long as mine.

    http://watashinomochi.wordpress.com/my-visual-novel-list/

    My backlog gives me the shivers, especially as it increases each month.

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  • 8. accany  |  April 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I don’t get why you guys have such a huge backlog… I only take those i know i will play and will complete….
    Most of your lists are all like backlogs ._.
    Mine are like fully completed >.>

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  • 9. Micchi  |  April 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    @accany: It’s because it’s best to get a game when it just came out. So, if there’s any chance that I may play it some day, I will get it. The backlog serves as a bookkeeping role.

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  • 10. accany  |  April 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    @Micchi: that’s a nice though but…. When your backlog is around 700% of what you have completed I think it’s better to pick and choose wisely lol

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  • 11. Micchi  |  April 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    @accany: Well, I just plan to finish 1-2 per month and I usually add another 4-6 to the backlog list. That’s just the way it goes.

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    • 12. Radiant  |  August 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      It’s a spiraling trend into the abyss Micchi! You need to start leveling out your input vs your output if you have any hope of recovering from your backlog!

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  • 13. Zen  |  May 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    There I added my section. Now you have nothing to complain about other than the fact I will probably never ever update or finish it….

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    • 14. accany  |  May 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

      I see Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai……… *hugs zen*
      Finally you put up your list… I see a LOT of actiony eroges there…

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      • 15. Zen  |  May 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm

        Yeah I tend to prefer eroge with more than just a romance plot. Though I still play the school romance ones if I hear they are exceptional or are intriguing in some way.

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        • 16. Angel  |  January 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

          then try School Days ^^

    • 17. m3rryweather  |  May 6, 2009 at 11:40 pm

      Not seeing Yukine in the Clannad subcategory makes me sad. ='(

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      • 18. Micchi  |  May 6, 2009 at 11:53 pm

        What about Nagisaaaaaaaaaaaa!!??? ( ´Д⊂ヽ

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        • 19. Angel  |  January 6, 2013 at 12:46 am

          lol nagisa is a girl that in anime you call an airhead

      • 20. Zen  |  May 8, 2009 at 1:00 am

        Uhh.. oh yeah.. I kind of forgot to add her! I did play that route I just completely and utterly forgot about it. She was not all that memorable after all…

        Micchi…. NO ONE LIKES NAGISA! SHE IS BORING!!!

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        • 21. Kael-Kun  |  March 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm

          I like Nagisa. :< Micchi, you're not alooooooooone!

  • 22. accany  |  May 8, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Yeah TOMOYO FTW!!!!!

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  • 23. Axelero  |  October 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I like the last picture. Which eroge is it?

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    • 24. Micchi  |  October 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm

      She is Sumire from Suzunone Seven by Clochette.

      Reply
  • 25. Gdragonx  |  March 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

    do you have any recommended all ages (16+) renai eroge(/or maybe should be called just renai visual novel) ?
    >< wish to get reply soon…

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    • 26. Micchi  |  March 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      Clannad and Symphonic Rain are good ones to start with. ^^

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      • 27. Angel  |  January 6, 2013 at 12:44 am

        last time I played clannad there was no ero content, but don’t get me wrong, I play eroge for the story as well

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  • 28. EroJun  |  June 12, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Really nice job on the update of this page! It has probably the best and also easy on the eyes explanation of what eroge is so far I’ve seen.

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    • 29. Micchi  |  June 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks ^^ So long as it’s informative and raises interest.

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  • 30. Chrouya  |  June 12, 2010 at 5:36 am

    …What’s the source of the last pic?

    Awesome descriptions. Too bad if I try to explain my friend about it, they’ll still look at me with bad eyes…Even if it’s just a normal Visual Novel.
    Since Anime in general is looked at with such eyes in the first place within the Dutch population(of course there are exceptions). It’s kinda sad though.

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    • 31. Micchi  |  June 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      It’s Sumire from Suzunone Seven.

      Pre-existing misconceptions and generalizations are hard to dispel. It’s a sad fact.

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  • 32. lonelyamure  |  July 21, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Wow, wow! This is beautifully stated, the way you clearly defined eroge, it’s genres, tastes, and such! I have to praise you a ton on that.

    I’ve been playing eroges ever since 2009 (yeah I’m a 16 year old breaking the rules XD go arrest me) and some friends have asked me what do I do in my spare time, but I had to keep to myself so I mainly always said I play video games, because that’s what I truly do! Final Fantasy, Disgaea, Persona… but one day when school was about to end, I brought my Zune 8gb to listen to music and to scroll through pictures after I finished the tests before some other people, this one moron decided to steal from my bag when I wasn’t around and look through my Zune. Unfortunately for me, I did sync some eroge CG’s in there, so when he found it, the news spread like wildfire in the classroom and throughout the school fast. So some people have started to make some offensive jokes about what they would refer to as the blanket term “hentai” towards me, and I felt really offended, not because I play eroge, but how they think of the word “hentai” and “hentai game” as a whole.

    Maybe it was my fault for not putting a password on it ^^;; Ech. Sorry for the long story. But this will forever be one of my favorite blogs. I really do want to share this page in case someone gets itchy and talks about how I play H or what not. =D

    Anyway, ideally like Micchi-san, I really love playing comedy and romance with a little bit of drama thrown in so I can shed some tears, and I can completely share with you how much I absolutely abhor eroges solely based on H, and mostly they’re always adorned with the famous NSFW cover like Bible Black or nearly all of the Dieselmine titles.

    My personal preference of characters would mainly range in the Tsundere (lovey dovey) or Amaenbou (spoiled), because those are the ones my heart just simply succumbs to and can’t handle! ^^;; When those kind of characters are just fought between their feelings between being in love with you the heroine and something else in between… *melts*

    Of course, I also love the other personalities, because they always provide a mystery sense of backdrop as to when they’ll confess and fall in love XD

    Oh, and if it were me I love characters with ribbons and hair bows. I also have a strong attachment to the blue and white striped shimapantsu. *-*

    Umm, sorry for the long comment ^^;; hope you don’t mind what I ranted about~ but really, I love your page XD

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    • 33. Micchi  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment, lonelyamure!

      I think most of us eroge players understand your situation. I usually just say I like Japanese games as well and don’t get into details. Lately I’ve been reading light novels since people are a bit more receptive to it.

      Unfortunately most people in the West don’t really get it and don’t care enough to try to understand. But I guess that’s the case for most things.

      Comedy and romance are best! It’s great to come back from a long day and just plop down and play through an eroge. Cute chars, captivating story… ahhhhhhhh~ (Although some would rather just play nukige for relief… not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

      Amaenbou is amazing. Zen is so missing out. I think lately I’m starting to understand the appeal of tsunderes more. Lately, there seems to be an increase of these types of chars and deviation of the original term though. Also, ribbons and shimapan <3

      Glad to have ya around~

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      • 34. lonelyamure  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:29 pm

        ^^; You’re welcome, but I should thank you for the warm welcome!

        Ach, I don’t read light novels that often because most of them are… quite hard to read if not someone posts the translations. However, I love the illustrations~ I own a couple Light Novel raws myself =) Always nice to read, even though I can’t comprehend a thing, but I try!

        True, so very much true… From bay area where I live, of course, we have a lot of anime fans (reason for comiccon and the travel to LACC for Animeexpo) but some just don’t seem to understand the nature that H is just not just about H. I fret about telling them that, so I mostly keep to myself on that topic, but I’m glad there are others around me who appreciate it for what it is =)

        Yup, yup! During my last year of high school 2009-2010 when I was tired from studying or doing homework, it was always a thrill to just open the 800×600 eroge program and start to live what I would call my ‘second’ high-school life~ One where there was no homework or tests, but just being social with these different characters. Oh and I totally get the reference to what you mean by nukige XD Reminds me of Prima Stella, which was a fast one, but I still liked it. Not to forget Kanojo x 3!

        I heard you mentioned Zen a couple times ^^; he’s the other writer here at your blog? Ah, well, he must be a cold-blooded figure to not give in to such heartmelting characters that tear me from the inside out~ and indeed, characters like those getting more popular? Ooh, I never noticed! I guess we are

        Again, thank you for the warm welcome, and I’ll be sure to read more of your blog! =D In the meantime, I have yet to meet the rest of the crew ^^; I hear there are others like M3rry, Hemi, Algester, and Accany?

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  • 35. seele00  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    This level of complexity is probably the reason why I’m too lazy to make a blog about the eroge I read.

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  • 36. Broken_Hawk  |  October 1, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I was looking around the net to find a review for acchi muite koi, which will be my first untranslated eroge that I’ll be playing, and I came across you website, and I was very curious as to what this place was. So, I stopped by your “about” page and learned a little more about you guys. Then I came and read your summary of what an eroge is all about.

    And I fell in love.

    Not with eroge, mind you – I’ve loved them for a good 2-3 years now. No, what I love is the summary. You have successfully and cohesively explained what eroges truly are, and I can see in your writing that your very passionate about the games – and I respect that. It takes a lot of courage to make a blog about a topic that is so highly ridiculed in society today. And to see that you’re still teaching your readers about this hidden world is admirable. I thank you, my friend *bows* I appreciate your continued efforts to enlighten the masses. Or just those who are willing to listen at least -_-

    I’ll be bookmarking your page and popping in for more news and opinions. See you around.

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  • 38. Himitsu  |  May 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I’m really sorry if the question have been answered but how much time it took to make this page?

    You express yourself in a so understandable way!

    AND you are completly right by doing this long text who thinning the route between the real world and the beautiful eroge world… Creating the bond from the ignorance to the knowledge on people who think that eroge is for perveted kids.

    xD….

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    • 39. Zen  |  May 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      To be fair the most abundant of games are more focused on the ero content so a prejudice towards all games of the genre is unavoidable. Opinions are typically formed on such matters by first impressions, and well the fanbase leaves much to be desired, only serving to illustrate the negatives. Until a majority of people who play games under the umbrella term of eroge learn to think outside their pants stereotyping is sadly inevitable.

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    • 40. Micchi  |  May 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Hmm… it took a few days to structure it the way I wanted. It’s best to outline everything in a readable way so that they understand it as clearly as possible. Hopefully, it has changed some people’s minds regarding our niche hobby.

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  • 42. turnerlunarian  |  March 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Do you have any experience with PSP adapted Eroge? I’ve never been interested in the PSP format but now PSP prices are down and there are lots of import game shops online and I was toying with the idea of buying some limited edition collectors boxes before they vanish from existence, but I see some of the games are done by different companies and I heard some of the stories are changed in some cases. What’s your opinion on this? Are they worth getting?

    They’re also easier to get into the country for me as they don’t contain much in the way of H-Scenes. I have a friend in Japan who ships PC eroge to me, that’s the only way I know how to get them, if you happen to know any other methods to obtain PC eroge I’d love to know, I prefer to have a physical item instead of just a downloadable file.

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    • 43. Micchi  |  March 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      I don’t own a PSP, so I haven’t played any of the adaptations. I’d rather play the original on the PC. That being said, the only content from the PC game that is changed for the eroge are the H scenes, which are replaced with something that’s fit for all ages. In a way, it’s actually more content. In addition, usually PSP versions add another heroine and/or additional material to entice players who have played the original to buy the adaptation as well. The price is also lower. I personally think it’s a good deal if you have a PSP.

      They’re done by the same company, just affiliated with an all-ages company that specializes in consoles. For example, Alchemist or CyberFront. I haven’t really seen major problems with them since the original maker has a say in what’s added. My friend relentlessflame plays them and has a guide for importing games. You can ask him further questions on his blog or his Twitter. Hope that helps!

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  • 44. Natsukikain  |  March 20, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Oh god… at last there was someone REALLY know how to EXPLAIN about eroge, well I always have bunch otaku friend that already in god state where they will so happy when we talking something that they like but they have hard time to explain eroge to me (Because I always hit them in face (Yeah in FACE!) first before they talk to much(Well that was they fault, I meant why MUST they explain eroge in MY classroom)) I REALLY praise you A lot!!

    (Sorry my english is bad)

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    • 45. Micchi  |  March 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks for the comment and I’m happy that you understand the charms of eroge now ^^ (Don’t be too tsun with your friends though~)

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  • [...] Si quieren saber opiniones más detalladas sobre el tema y no tienen problemas con el inglés, está Omochikaeri y su articulo en el tema. [...]

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  • 47. Fernando Damas (@Fernan_damas)  |  April 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    http://dangeru.net/culturizacion-101-erogesvisual-novels/

    I used you as reference and linked here… hope you don’t mind (Sorry, it’s in spanish)

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    • 48. Micchi  |  April 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Nope, I don’t mind! It’s great to help others understand our hobby better. With other languages, it’ll reach a wider audience too ^^

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  • 50. Kaege  |  April 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

    The best and most comprehensive explanation on eroge. Thanks a lot, dude :3

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    • 51. Micchi  |  April 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks ^^ I intend to update it in the future, so any recommendations are welcome too.

      Reply
  • 52. Kazuma  |  May 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Quick question, what eroge is the girl in the first picture from?

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    • 53. hyl  |  May 10, 2012 at 5:31 am

      Angel Ring

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      • 54. Kazuma  |  May 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

        Thanks

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  • 55. J. Hunter  |  September 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome post dude :) and to think i found it by accident (was clicking random links online and boom) its nice to know that someone defends Visual novels and especifically eroges, being games with great stories so underrated, many of these stories being even better than most books and written novels these days..

    Yeah they may have that H side that so many hate and so many love, but i consider that part of the reality on the story , it just feeds the plot a lot more(ignoring the H only games that delete the word Story of their existance xd).

    Its kind of hard to play eroges now… very few are translated and those that are are alredy hard to find… you must know japanese xd if you have played that many eroge, i doubt you would have survived out of hook translations only, their faulty translations sometimes make stories boring… i should learn jap lol

    Those online buying services you mentioned… deliver to any country? not just the states? orrr my luck sucks and they only sell over there :/?

    Im a full blooded rpg gamer and i love these, actually i was brought to eroge thanks to persona lol and i love both genres, and i feel like saying Tsunderes FTW!

    Great blog great post great everything! keep at it

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    • 56. Micchi  |  October 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks for the post! Do try to learn a bit of Japanese if you have time – a little goes a long way.

      As for online services, it really depends on the company. It’s more of a matter if they ship overseas or not. If they ship to the US, they should ship to any other country.

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    • 57. Angel  |  January 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

      I was brought by Kirino LOL

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  • 58. Kareena Henry  |  November 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Hey, Micchi-sama, which eroge do you recommend? :3

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    • 59. Micchi  |  November 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      It really depends on what type of game you like (more focus on story, comedy, drama… or lack thereof) and your Japanese proficiency. It’s best to try a wide range of games to see which ones you’re interested in.

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  • 60. Angel  |  January 6, 2013 at 12:38 am

    you guys should try G senjou no Maou and Katawa Shoujo one of the best eroges Iv played

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  • 61. Airy21  |  January 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    well,i got some trouble to play eroge…
    i got very low internet connection,
    but i somehow manage to play these game..

    Shuffle! -Completed-
    Hoshizora no Memoria -Completed-
    My Girlfriend is President -Completed-
    Flyable Heart -90% Done,and all my save file gone-
    Tsukihime -Finish Download,don’t know how to Install-
    Fate/Stay Night -50% Finish Download-
    DearDrops -70% Done,i’m kinda dislike the Story
    DuelSavior -Finish Download,some Part is Broken-
    BoobWars -Completed-
    Imouto Ijime -Completed-

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  • 62. Corben101  |  February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I can only really list one eroge I truly enjoyed and that was ‘G-Senjou no Maou’ so I would recommend that. Another reason I’m posting though is that I have been recently watching/reading/playing ‘DearDrops’ and I’m rather confused how to get other endings. The choices you make seem very petty and therefore it made the story feel linear. I did then skip through the story again choosing different options to my last playthrough but nothing seemed to change and I thinki I ended up with Riho again. Does anyone have specifics to make the plot different different? (another girl)

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    • 63. Micchi  |  February 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      You can try following the walkthrough here. Of course there’s probably other ways to go into different routes, but I’m not sure about how they’re treating their flags.

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  • 64. Anna  |  July 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    koyonplete has just recently released an erogame visual novel in english called devil in my arms for android users. I’ve recently played it and it’s pretty good! Not much ero on the illustrations but the words are downright dirty

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  • 65. BubblesInTheTub  |  July 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I really want to see omochikaeri review Navel’s Tick Tick! although having played the game myself, I know its frustrating to look at Sage’s route….If Tick Tack! gets a remake (I hope so & I’ll even fill out feedback forms if needed to accomplish), then I would really like to see y’all review it.

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