First of all, I don't know if everyone knows what a visual novel is. For those who don't know, here is an article from Wikipedia. Overall, a visual novel is a game in where you read text and sometimes you have decisions that might affect how the game will end. Some choices aren't important, some are which decides if you get a bad end or continue with the game. And usually, Visual Novels are divided into routes for give some replay value.
Now, these games usually stay in Japan for some reason which I suppose is the japanese studios don't find a market that justifies an official translation and localize the game to America and Europe. For visual novels like me we depend on fangroups that translate the game to english or if you know japanese, well, you have a whole new genre at your disposal.
Recently, a fangroup posted in their blog that Valve contacted them for have a playable demo of the translation of Steins;Gate which makes me think Valve is interested in bringing the genre to the Western World. But you may thinking, why I would want to play a dating sim?; not all visual novels are dating sims. And even if they don't appear there are visual novels that have a great story like Clannad, Fate/Stay Night, Tsukihime or even Steins;Gate.
With this my main question, do you believe that Visual Novels have a future in the western world or they should stay in Japan forever and ever? Personally, I would love to have official translations rather than have to wait for a fangroup to translate it (I don't mean I want them to disappear but fangroups usually take a good time for translate a visual novel, which I understand of course) but it seems hard that gamers would buy games from this genre.