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Eroge Games – A female perspective.

- Yume Miru Kusuri’s opening.


Okay the picture doesn’t have my entire collection of eroge, but it kinda covers what type of titles I have. I recall back in the defunct Female Blogger group blogging days, that there was one question, that tickled off a self-desire to want a follow up to wanting to write a post like this. It was either this or this or this. Not sure but I guess those topics are related. Or was it the fact that I read and reviewed Gay, hetero erotica? No matter, this was on my bucket of ideas to write.

Is it such an issue if a female plays Eroge? I do play the bl eroge, and have on my list several other non-eroge titles as well. There is that list I have on the left that says my list of what anime, doramas and games I am playing.

Now there are multiple reasons why I would play eroge. Sometimes I can be comfortable, other times I am pretty uncomfortable by this topic. It should be an open discourse in all matters of theory ne? Or should I blame my prudish tendencies? One of my Friday book store hopping friend always bears my wrath as I either poke or kick him, when he talks about this. Kinda double standard, but we have known each other since High School, and he’ s a great friend for putting up with my annoyance.

But getting off my tangent for the list.

One, playing eroge is the easiest PC games I can really play, plus it’s up my alley of being a librarian who read a lot of books. So text is not really an issue. Just time and patience is something that I face. Up to date now, I still have games that are in shrink wrapped, and have only finished 2 games completely.

Two, mostly a wishful thinking that some elements of it can actually be like an erotica romance novel. So far not really, but one can hope for that potential. I am more of the One true pair fan, so with the multiple endings, I do want to see which is considered the OTP pairing of mine. I do get to say at the end, which is consider my favorite pairing, and this is taking in light the sex scene. A person can dream about the pairing, no matter how odd they are.

Three, unlocking scenes. There’s that menu in each eroge game, with the CG or scenes. You can bet a dollar that I will skip a lot of the text, when I finished the game before having to go thru repeating the story. Plus some eroge games are pretty boring with some of the same long winded texts. There are also the consistent stereotypes that pervade games, so if one of my friend says “Ha” to me.. I am putting up a sign here as a disclaimer that I will consistently contradict myself. He questioned me last time why I was watching a harem anime, and tying this to the eroge games…isn’t this what eroge games are, whether they are harem or reverse harems or same sex harems?

Four, the experience and interactive sequence of the game kinda draws me in. Whenever I go to cons occasionally I have a set list of what eroge games I buy. They’re still translating them and I started to buy eroge when I was in college. After a lot of research from the various sites out there. I ordered my first set of games from Jlist, of which to this day I still like to order sometimes from. Since then I have found out that an acquaintance of mine do sell these games at East coast relevant cons to me, so I would go and support him as a buyer. Still trying to rationalize purchasing some more of the more hard core titles like Bible Black, which I hated the anime. I usually would prefer consensual and willing over non-consensual and rape. I hate that stuff, truly will and do.

Five, eroge, I believe are way better than porn, while a slight annoyance of mine is with the voices, this is way better and somewhat preferable than the real humans. There is a standard, and I think I can say that I like 2d a bit more than the real deal. I am not counting Hentai in this equation, and if I see my stats suddenly jump because I mention these taboo words, will probably smack my head and think arugh!

Six, as an outlet and as a female I believe we do have needs. There is not much female relevant material out there, other than josei  mangas from Luv Luv Press, which I do read – and think.. wow poor plot, with weak female characters and smut on every other page. There are very slight exceptions though, and all I kinda have to sigh and think here is another material that fuels the male fantasy. Don’t get me started on the issue that lesbian females are not meant for the private, and fantasies of the men. That not every girl would want to be your fantasy girl, or how porn, hentai, or even eroge games color it to be. One of my biggest grips is how often this market, as well as other markets.. hint hint to the Comics market, and this I recall back to when I attended NYCC and went to that female reader panel. There are female fans that would see this, and expect to receive some form of acknowledgment. I believe it is with my early exposure to some materials have me being able to accept this form of entertainment.

I will continue with reviewing, watching, purchasing and interacting with this type of genre, irregardless of what should probably happen. Eroge is something that probably shouldn’t be behind closed doors, and I do have this on my shelves… as with my large bookshelf of other alternative type of medias. As far as I am concerned, I will not be purchasing any adult games, or media while I am in Japan, so with all those Akihabara stores or even the Genshiken fan book I just read, it is not that big of a deal for me. The big deal is if I am able to get some limited items of other more general thing like cetain Black Lagoon or One Piece figures, then that would be all right for me in the world.

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  1. April 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I would never play an eroge unless it is in English, has movies, and is yuri. Because I’m a man.

  2. April 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    That was an interesting read – thank you for sharing your reasons 🙂 I don’t play such games, but I see how they can be entertaining.

  3. miz
    April 20, 2009 at 1:23 am

    @Aizen That’s kinda what I do as well.. I purchase a lot of eroge games, but they have to have English subs. Although I can see where it kinda hurts my learning of Japanese. Movies are a given. Yuri scenes are okay. I like both. Well this is a female perspective.. ^_^ I don’t think a lot of people will admit playing this type of game so readily.

    @Kitsune Well I got kinda motivated by what you said in your comments last time. Eroge games not really for everyone… and entertainment depends on some factors. I just noticed that I went all over the place with my reasons.. >_<

  4. Bishoujo Lover
    June 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I usually don’t enjoy sitting through big walls of text in games, but that’s just me. I’m usually too afraid to get near these titles due to what my older brother and his friends will think of me if I do. If I ever do some peeping, its gotta be when nobody is there to notice it. I know they already think of me as a perv, but I try to keep my identity as an otaku.

  5. ykk
    June 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Please help to save Japanese 2D cultures.

    You forign people can join petition drives on internet without your advanced profiles.
    The followings are the petition sites.

    成年向けゲーム及び成年向け雑誌等の規制反対署名: Petition against the on-discussing regulation of adult games and adult magazines
    児童ポルノ・児童売春禁止法改定阻止の署名: Petition to prevent the on-discussing revise of the prohibitive mood of child porno and children’s selling themselves
    (*See and translate the ‘署名プロジェクトの詳細 (Details of this petition)’ at the bottom of this page. To put it briefly, after established this revise, police will be able to catch up everyone having the piocture of children only if the the subjects partly don’t wear their clothes.)
    架空創作表現規制禁止の法制化を求める署名: Petition to establsh the on-discussing law which can prevent regulations against creation of fictitious
    同人ショップやゲーム販売店に過剰な自主規制をせず多様な作品の販売を求める請願: Petiton for the shops to sell various contents, not conducting excessive self-regulation
    青少年有害社会環境対策基本法案 反対署名: Petition against the on-discussing law which allow the government to crack down any media (TV programs, comics, games, movies, web sites, …) freely if it judge it as harmful.

  6. miz
    June 26, 2009 at 2:50 am

    @Bishoujo Lover – Well sure the text based games, are not for everyone, some of my friends who play the yaoi eroge titles, actually play it for what I believe is the voice of the characters, and the premises of supporting more for those genere of games. I play them because they’re the easiest game for me to play – kinda like a Choose your own Adventure books. You don’t have to care about the opinions of your brother and his friends. Why would you think of yourself as a pervert then? What about romance novels? Females do have needs, and while the genre of some of these eroge games are not female-friendly. To take it with a grain of salt. There might be some hope eventually. There was this one ending in Ying Yang X-change Alternative that I really liked, and it was a heterosexual pairing.

    Purchasing these titles, would be your choice right? I wrote this post as something of my experiences, and preferences. I didn’t get into purchasing these type of games until I was in my third year of college, and then after that as I went to conventions.

    @ykk The entire content on what is considered free speech is different for every country, and as the internet is a place where there is much free speech, it is not a matter of petitioning. I actually don’t read Japanese, so it would be quite hard for me to do what you are thinking about. I usually support the distributors who bring over games such as this over here. So I am usually happy to be able to get the opportunity to purchase specific games.

  7. bored
    October 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    watch the anime Oreimo, you can find it at http://www.anime44.com, or perhaps some other anime sites, this anime is pretty new, so on this current date it is only to about 3 episodes, but the anime is about a girl who likes eroge you may like it 🙂

  8. Vespa
    September 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Are these ordered direcly from japan? Or from translation sites like Jast USA?

  9. September 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    They are from sites like jlist.com… So they’re english subtitle.

  10. boba
    November 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Do yaoi eroge’s even exist? the only bl eroge i ever found was Enzai…and it was a bad one with the whole gaybuttsecks thing.

  11. November 12, 2011 at 1:21 am

    There are bl eroge.. Enzai is one of them, with some disagreeable themes of rape and jail…but compared to other games like Hitomi My Stepsister, or Idols Galaore, mind messing is a big thing to reflect angst and tight spots. Still, Absolute Obedience is another English translated bl game. Animundi is also another bl-ish inspired game. Thanks for your comments. ^_^

  12. Joseph
    January 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’d highly recommend the game Katawa Shoujo, the characters are interesting, the various plot lines are well developed and the studio who made it released it as a free download.

  13. January 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Hey thanks for the recommendation.. and definitely would look into trying this game out. ^_^

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