H-games (or, more properly, eroge
, an abbreviation of erotic game) are Video Games
or heavy Fanservice
Though there are some examples of eroge in nearly every genre, the most common forms are the Dating Sim
(especially in the early examples of the genre) and the Visual Novel
(more popular in recent years). Also common are 3-D simulators like Artificial Girl
, which throw out the plot entirely and leave in only the bare
minimum of Dating Sim
elements in favor of more Jiggle Physics
Although the term "H-game," literally translatable as "pervert game," would suggest otherwise, the erotic content is sometimes about as important as similar content in an R-rated film. Many games tend to have only have one sex scene at the end after hours of play and in a large number sex scenes can be disabled by menu options. As a result, many are re-released with said content cut for the sake of reaching a wider audience.
There is a large crossover between Visual Novel
and Porn with Plot
because of the more story-oriented nature of Visual Novels.
In general, the protagonists will be one of certain specific character types, and only rarely if ever generic and faceless. Nice Guys
and Troubled, but Cute
characters who may be flawed or even somewhat jerks with a good heart
can be found in games with a lighter tone. The Handsome Lech
is also a popular character archetype that is rarely portrayed negatively. Darker games may employ an unlikeable jerkass
who changes for the better or for the worse, and some may even use a Villain Protagonist
, or someone not human and subject to Blue and Orange Morality
. In either case, completely devoid of morals.
These games popularized, largely through Visual Novel
works, the Netorare