have their origins in the early 1980s, when Japanese companies introduced their own brands of microcomputer to compete with those of the United States.
Competing systems included the Sharp X1, Fujitsu FM-7, MSX, and NEC PC-8801.
Games aimed at a homosexual male audience may be referred to as bara.
The eroge company Nitro has a division that produces exclusively BL games, known as Nitro CHi RAL.
They have produced the BL games Sweet Pool, Lamento: Beyond the Void, Togainu no Chi and Dramatical Murder, each one of the last two have been given a manga and an anime adaptation.