Visual dating novels
The majority of visual novels, however, tend to focus on non-linear Story Branching plots with Multiple Endings.
Because they are treated as games, the fact that many of them tell well-written, compelling stories can be easily overlooked. Visual novels that are also eroge tend to tie every storyline to a specific romanceable character, a habit which has carried over to much of the rest of the medium.
Visual novels are effectively seen as a digital evolution of Choose Your Own Adventure books, with music, pictures, and occasionally even voice acting or movies.However, with the advent of Steam, its Greenlight program, and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter (all of which have also aided the revival of Western adventure gaming), the number and availability of visual novels outside Japan have been steadily expanding.Since Steam disallows explicit sexual content, the games available there are either "clean" versions of explicit games or games without any explicit content in the first place.A lot of people also think that all VNs are eroge, similar in many ways to the belief that all anime is Hentai.Some of the games that , have been decried by reviewers for having "no gameplay", which to a fan of VNs is Comically Missing the Point.
A related term to visual novel is "sound novel", which was originally used by Chunsoft for their visual novels, as they relied on sound in order to help convey the story.