Pic very related.
I stumbled across this article entirely by accident while doing some research into my project. I almost did not bother to read it, but I am glad I did. This stuff is too good not to share.
Here we go, ladies and gentlemen. A history of eroge.
This article was written back in 2005, but it holds several fundamental truths that remain unchanged to this day. If you ever wondered about the origins and evolution of eroge, and how the eroge genre rose to become a power within the anime/otaku industry, you have to read this. And yes, classics like To Heart, Kanon, Air, Da Capo and even Triangle Heart are mentioned. If you are a Nanoha fan and you have no idea what Triangle Heart is, you have a lot to learn indeed.
Not an eroge, but still very related.
And perhaps most importantly, this article talks about the creation of the sobfest powerhouse that we now know as Key.
This is Julius Firefocht, signing off.