Games aimed at a homosexual male audience may be referred to as bara.

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FM Towns also received many games, more so than Sharp X68000 or MS-DOS, whilst the MSX platform (which had many eroge games in the 1980s) was nearing the end of its lifetime by now.

Eroge was much less common on consoles - only NEC's PC Engine series had officially licensed adult games, and from the mid-90s, Sega's Saturn.

Both Nintendo and Sony disallowed adult video games on their consoles.

Games also started to appear on Windows as it grew in popularity. 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. Soon afterwards, the video game Otogirisou on the Super Famicom attracted the attention of many Japanese gamers.

Oftentimes, voice actors who have voiced for eroge have been credited under a pseudonym.

There is no set definition for the gameplay of eroge, except that they all include explicit sexual content.

The defining distinction is that both the playable character(s) and possible objects of affection are male.

As with yaoi manga, the major market is assumed to be female.

This most often occurs as hentai scenes of the player character having a sexual encounter with other characters.