What’s the Difference Between Visual Novels and Real Porn Games?

The difference between visual novels and real porn games is very apparent — as long as you know what to look for. So, we might as well get straight into the nitty-gritty details!

We’ll talk about visual novels (and their sub-genres) first before we move onto the definition of real porn games. 

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The Definition of a Visual Novel

A visual novel, referred to by fans as a “VN”, is a kind of game (porn-based or not) that involves a lot of dialogue and text, with minimal gameplay. Generally, the gameplay here is very reserved, meaning you typically just make some choices at random points to determine how the story will progress.

Visual novels cover a variety of genres that may or may not include sexual or date-like interactions. Some of them, like Danganronpa, is a visual novel. But, it isn’t a porn-based visual novel.

Put simply, a visual novel emphasizes the storyline aspects of games. In other words, it isn’t just sex scenes or pornographic material.

There are also other games that fall into the visual novel category. We’ll have a gander at these now before we move on.

Sound Novel

Chunsoft came up with this term to categorize visual novels further. With sound novels, the noises, rather than the text or graphics, are emphasized. Surprisingly, these are actually older than visual novels. But, since Chunsoft trademarked the term “sound novel” the visual term was the name that stuck.

It’s worth noting that you can’t really distinguish between visual and sound novels now because they’re almost synonymous. However, if you play older games, you can see the difference.

Kinetic Novel

This is a type of visual novel that doesn’t include any gameplay. Essentially, you’re just reading a story without inputting anything into it. Because of this, they tend to be less popular among those who are looking for porn games.

Nakige

This Japanese word translates to “crying game”. As you can tell, these visual novels should elicit some sort of emotional reaction. If you’re looking for these, the company Key makes a lot of great ones. Thankfully, they tend to have happy endings (and if they don’t, they’re referred to as, utsuge).

The Definition of a Real Porn Game

Okay, so now you know what visual novels are, let’s take a look at the definition of real porn games.

To tell you the truth, there are so many types of “real” porn games out there. But, the basic definition is that these programs tend to focus on the sex or romance scenes rather than developing a full-on storyline. However, it should be noted that this isn’t always the case.

From the porn games we’ve played, they are typically more graphically-heavy than text-heavy. So, if you’re looking for detailed visual performances and interactions, these games will be best suited to you.

Right, shall we take a peek at some of the types of real porn games?

Dating Sims

Here, you’ll have a lot of gameplay to run through. However, the main aim is to achieve a romantic relationship with a certain character. Sometimes, you’ll be able to pick them, and sometimes, it will be pre-determined by the creators.

A popular example of this type of came is Love Plus. It sports somewhat complex gameplay and presents hours of fun!

Eroge

This word is a shortened version of “erotic gaming”. It’s quite easy to tell exactly what these games focus on, isn’t it?

As you can imagine, this term (when used correctly) is referring to any game with explicit or sexual content. 

Galge or Bishoujo

These terms are interchangeable. Translated literally, they mean “beautiful girl game”. Video games that fall under this category include being in a relationship with a female (or multiple). Generally speaking, they appeal to heterosexual males only.

The games that fall into this category can usually be described as dating sims as well. But it depends on the specifics.

Otome

These are games that are aimed at attracting female players. They typically involve getting into a relationship with male characters. As you can probably tell, these video games are incredibly similar to galge or bishoujo types that we talked about in the previous section.

If you’re interested, you should try playing Hakuoki.

Nukige

This word literally translates to “masturbation game”. Technically speaking, it’s a type of eroge. It focuses on sexually explicit content alone and is meant to be used to fulfill fantasies. They tend to be heavy on the graphics and nowadays, the characters can look extremely realistic.

The Bottom Line

Nowadays, people tend to opt for real porn games that come with high-quality graphics and truly immersive gameplay. However, there is still a place for visual novels — especially when you don’t feel like putting loads of effort into a plot! 

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