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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.
Most eroge games, a fairly large library, found its way on the NEC PC-98 platform.
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.
As the Visual Novel standard was adopted, the erotic parts in eroge began to become less and less apparent.
Many eroge become more story-oriented than sex-oriented, making story as the main focus for many modern eroge.
According to Satoshi Todome's A History of Eroge, Kanon is still the standard for modern eroge and is referred to as a "baptism" for young otaku in Japan.
Eroge gameplay is often in the style of a visual novel or dating sim.
However, there are also many other gameplay genres represented within eroge, such as role-playing games, mahjong games, or puzzle games.
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.