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H-games (or, more properly, eroge, an abbreviation of erotic game) are Video Games with sex or heavy Fan Service in them.

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 protagonist will be one of six broad character types, and only rarely if ever generic and faceless. Those six types are, in order from the most respectable and moral to the least:

1. Nice Guy

2. Troubled but Cute:

  • Type A - similar to the Nice Guy, but flawed in some capacity. Generally fairly well-liked and can be used in a fairly light story.
  • Type B - closer to the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, often used in a darker story. Depending on the ending you get, he will either darken into a type 4, or will overcome his flaws and become a type 1.

3. Handsome Lech

  • Type A - generally has a good amount of sex, but sex is portrayed in a positive light
  • Type B - Closer to the type 4, but the tone of the story is light enough to keep him from being portrayed too negatively.

4. Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Somewhat unlikeable, will be the protagonist in darker works.

5. Jerkass - Very unlikable, but has enough morals to keep him from becoming a full-blown monster. Sometimes matures into a Type 3 or 4 over the course of the story. Rarely, he will become a full-blown Type 1.

6. Complete Monster - Evil in every sense of the word. Either a Villain Protagonist, or not human and subject to Blue and Orange Morality. In either case, completely devoid of morals.

For a more detailed examination, see H-Game POV Character

These games popularized, largely through Visual Novel works, the Netorare Genre.

Tropes used in H-game include:


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