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An eroge ( エロゲ or エロゲー , erogē , pronounced [eɾoɡe] ; a portmanteau of erotic game: ( エロ チック ゲー ム , ero chikku gē mu ) ) is a Japanese pornographic video game.
In 1992, Elf released Dōkyūsei . 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. Thus, the love simulation genre was invented. Soon afterwards, the video game Otogirisou on the Super Famicom attracted the attention of many Japanese gamers. Otogirisou was a standard adventure game but had multiple endings. This concept was called a "sound novel".
In 1996, the new software publisher Leaf expanded on this idea, calling it a visual novel and releasing their first successful game, Shizuku , a horror story starring a rapist high school student, with very highly reviewed writing and music. Their next game, Kizuato , was almost as dark. However, in 1997, they released To Heart , a sweetly sentimental story of high school love that became one of the most famous and trendsetting eroge ever. To Heart' s music was so popular it was added to karaoke machines throughout Japan—a first for eroge.