We've been seeing stronger interest in PC gaming lately, and we have the rise of Steam to thank for this.The PC is an open platform with tons of great development tools, making it ideal for small indie developers to target.
:'( Changelog: 2016-08-24: Thanks to Lost Pause, now I'm popular!
Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.
All this is a huge boon for visual novels and dating simulation games, which would have lingered in obscurity outside of Japan, otherwise.
They enjoy a healthy fandom, but many acclaimed titles remain in their native Japanese—frustrating, because romance and relationship games are more popular than ever.
Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.