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Games aimed at a homosexual male audience may be referred to as bara.
The eroge company Nitro has a division that produces exclusively BL games, known as Nitro CHi RAL.
To Heart's music was so popular it was added to karaoke machines throughout Japan—a first for eroge.
After a similar game by Tactics, One: Kagayaku Kisetsu e, became a hit in 1998, Visual Art's scouted main creative staff of One to form a new brand under them, which became Key. It contains only about seven brief erotic scenes in a sentimental story the size of a long novel (an all-ages version was also released afterward), but the enthusiasm of the response was unprecedented, and Kanon sold over 300,000 copies.
The defining distinction is that both the playable character(s) and possible objects of affection are male.
As with yaoi manga, the major market is assumed to be female.
Many eroge become more story-oriented than sex-oriented, making story as the main focus for many modern eroge.Very few BL games have been officially translated into English.In 2006, JAST USA announced they would be releasing Enzai as Enzai: Falsely Accused, the first license of a BL game in English translation.In 2002 a 13-episode anime series was produced, as well as another 24-episode anime series in 2006.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.