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B's-LOG Issue 001 (Spring 2002)


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  • Retromags Curator

I'm assuming this one revolves around bishonen/yaoi media, based on the name and the covers? :)

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Pretty much, though the currently en vogue term is otome.  From wikipedia:

An otome game (乙女ゲーム otome gēmu, literally "maiden game"), sometimes contracted to otoge, is a story-based video game that is targeted towards women. Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male characters. This genre is most established in Japan, and is mostly made up of visual novels and simulation games; particularly dating sims and life simulation games.

But yes, boy's love games are also covered.

With 3 different magazines covering this type of game currently being published, it really draws attention to how different the gaming culture in Japan is from the rest of the world.  Especially when you consider that there is only ONE magazine currently published that covers console games in general (Famitsu).

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Oh, nifty! So an otome game is just a visual novel where the protagonist is assumed to be female instead of male! How awesome. :)

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