Boys' Love (BL) games (also known as yaoi games) usually refers to eroge oriented around male homosexual couples for the female market.

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have their origins in the early 1980s, when Japanese companies introduced their own brands of microcomputer to compete with those of the United States.

Competing systems included the Sharp X1, Fujitsu FM-7, MSX, and NEC PC-8801.

A 2006 breakdown of the Japanese commercial BL market estimated it grosses approximately 12 billion yen annually, with video games generating 160 million yen per month.

Very few BL games have been officially translated into English.

The eroge company Nitro has a division that produces exclusively BL games, known as Nitro CHi RAL.

They have produced the BL games Sweet Pool, Lamento: Beyond the Void, Togainu no Chi and Dramatical Murder, each one of the last two have been given a manga and an anime adaptation.However, there are also many other gameplay genres represented within eroge, such as role-playing games, mahjong games, or puzzle games.Some eroge, such as those made by Illusion Soft, are just simulations of sex, with no "conventional" gameplay included.Additionally, some games may receive an "all-ages" version, such as a port to consoles or handheld devices where pornography isn't allowed, which remove the sex scenes entirely.Eroge gameplay is often in the style of a visual novel or dating sim.Although many eroge still market themselves primarily on sex, eroge that focus on story are now a major established part of Japanese otaku culture.