Eroge for All Seasons
October 20, 2009 7:09 AM Subscribe
posted by The Confessor (40 comments total)
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Japan has a flourishing market for video games featuring adult content, or Eroge
. Unfortunately, the sole exposure of some westerners to this wide genre may be through the controversy
surrounding the irredeemably disgusting Rapelay (previously)
. That's a shame, because there is wide variation in content and gameplay focus in even the small subset of Eroge games translated and released for the western market by specialty publishers like Peach Princess
For every Rapelay or Water Closet
(which should only be played if you wish to subsequently gouge out your eyes with a dull spoon), there are games like Amorous Professor Cherry
, The Sagara Family
, or Come See Me Tonight
, which at least attempt a coherent narrative love story and usually reward empathetic behavior.
Even these games are only more subtly misogynistic, unfortunately; the female characters are targets, first and foremost, as evidenced by the fact that the most difficult endings to obtain in each game feature unlikely sexual couplings of two or more of the female characters with the first-person narrator, which are known as "harems" in Eroge game parlance.
Which brings me to my two final examples of Eroge, and the only two such games I've played thus far that I would recommend to a wide (mature) audience: Kana: Little Sister
(for those concerned, no actual
fictional blood relatives are banged in the course of gameplay), and Crescendo
. Both are visual novels, include only a few mature scenes in the course of several hours of gameplay, and attempt to evoke complex emotions and leave a lasting impression on the player.