List of BL games
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Boys' Love (BL) games (also known as yaoi games) usually refers to visual novels or H games oriented around male homosexual couples for the female market. The defining factor 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. Games aimed at a homosexual male audience may be referred to as bara. 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.
Only a 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. Some fan communities have criticized the choice of such a dark and unromantic game as the US market's first exposure to the genre. JAST USA subsequently licensed Zettai Fukujuu Meirei under the title Absolute Obedience, while Hirameki International licensed Animamundi; the later game, although already nonexplicit, was censored for US release to achieve a 'mature' rather than 'adults only' rating, removing some of both the sexual and the violent content. The lack of interest by publishers in licensing further titles has been attributed to widespread copyright infringement of both licensed and unlicensed games.
List of titles
- 24-ji, Kimi no Heart wa Nusumareru ~Kaitou Jade~
- Akai Yoru Hoshi no Sasayaki wo Kike
- Angel Knight
- Angel's Feather (featuring illustrations by Kazue Yamamoto)
- Ariard ~Shounen Alice
- Artificial Mermaid ~Silver Chaos 2~
- Beniiro Tenjou Ayakashi Kitan
- Birdie ~Bokura no Ren'ai Shinrigaku~
- Boku no Kareshi wa Juliet (Not to be confused with Boku no Pico)
- Break Chance Memento
- Cafe Lindbergh ~Bokura no Ren'ai Shinrigaku 2~
- Celestine ~Hikari to Kage to Uchuu Kaizoku~
- Coming Out On Top
- DRAMAtical Murder
- Dynamite Darling
- Fragrant Tale
- Gakuen Banchou
- Gakuen Heaven (featuring illustrations by You Higuri)
- Guisard ~Bokura wa Omoi wo Mi ni Matou~
- Hanamachi Monogatari (featuring illustrations by Noboru Takatsuki)
- Hanakage (featuring illustrations by Noboru Takatsuki)
- Kamisama (kari) Gakuen Souran Hen · Kamisama (kari) Rojiura Ryouran Hen
- Kohitsuji Hokaku Keikaku! Sweet Boys Life (based on an original BL manga by Kazuka Minami)
- Hotel Chronos (Not to be confused with the Orphic deity of the same name)
- Hunk's Workshop
- Hadaka Shitsuji (english: Naked Butler; Not to be confused with Black Butler)
- Kannagi no Tori
- Kimi no Nako no Palladium
- Kichiku Megane (featuring illustrations by Fuhri Misasagi)
- Kuro no Tsuki
- Lamento ~Beyond the Void~
- Lasting Snow
- Laughter Land
- ＬＩＶＥｘＥＶＩＬ ~Shakunetsu no Edema~
- Lucky Dog 1
- Masqurade Jingoku Gakuen SO/DO/MU
- Miracle Heart
- Mori no Kioku
- Nessa no Rakuen
- No, Thank You !!!
- Omerta ~Chinmoku no Okite~ · Omerta ~CODE Tycoon
- Ore no Shita de Agake
- Oujisama Level 1
- Pigeon Blood
- Piyotan- Housekeeper Wa Cute Na Tantei
- Reflection of Crescent
- Saikyou Darling
- Seikai Houretsuden
- Seraphim Spiral
- Shingakkou Noli me Tangere
- Silver Chaos
- Sore ga Bokura no Renai Seikatsu
- Soshite Bokura wa
- Suits wo Nuida Ato...
- Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shōganai!
- Super Health Club
- sweet pool
- Taisho Mebiusline
- Teikoku Sensenki
- Togainu no Chi
- Tokyo Onmyouji
- Zettai Fukujuu Meirei (published in English-speaking countries as Absolute Obedience)
- Nagaike, Kazumi (April 2009). "Elegant Caucasians, Amorous Arabs, and Invisible Others: Signs and Images of Foreigners in Japanese BL Manga". Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Australian National University (20).
- "JAST USA Announces First "Boy's Love" PC Dating-Game". Anime News Network. Jan 16, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- "JAST USA Announces Adult PC Game "Absolute Obedience" Ships, Also Price Reduction". ComiPress. October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- Wiggle. "Anima Mundi: Dark Alchemist Review". Boys on Boys on Film. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- Abraham, Yamilla (August 22, 2008). "Yaoi Computer Games Nil". Yaoi Press. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- Yaoi Games - YaoiOtaku
- Wood, Andrea. "Choose Your Own Queer Erotic Adventure: Young Adults, Boys Love Computer Games, and the Sexual Politics of Visual Play". In Kenneth B. Kidd, Michelle Ann Abate. Over the rainbow : queer children's and young adult literature. University of Michigan Press. pp. 354–379. ISBN 978-0-472-07146-3.
- America's first English Yaoi Erotic Sim Game "Enzai" Review, Akiba Angels, July 2006.