They’re most popular in Japan, but from what my personal anec-data show me, the genre is quickly gaining a bit of traction in the U. as well, and is especially popular with indie creators.
4X is a genre of strategy-based video and board games in which players control an empire and "e Xplore, e Xpand, e Xploit, and e Xterminate".
The term was coined by Alan Emrich in his September 1993 preview of Master of Orion for Computer Gaming World.
Plus, although I sneer at my friend’s romance novels, I really have no room to talk here in my glass house.
[Ed.: anyone who says they don’t live in a pink-tinted glass house of smut is lying or deluded, or perhaps just lives a sad, sad life (unless you’re asexual, you’re perfect and we heart you too)—official G-vesc position on romance ♥] Otome games are also sometimes called dating sims and generally fall into the visual novel category.
Emphasis is placed upon economic and technological development, as well as a range of non-military routes to supremacy.