Japanese dating simulation games for girls
In November 1991 there was an incident where a middle-schooler shoplifted an adult bishōjo game Saori: the House of Beautiful Girls, resulting in increased police scrutiny for makers and retailers.
The first bishōjo game commercialized in Japan appeared in 1982 as Night Life by Koei.The first bishōjo games were not too popular, At the beginning of the genre, almost all the games were pornographic.A notable landmark was Jast's Tenshitachi no gogo (1985), a precursor to the modern dating simulation.In the early nineties the atmosphere in Japan became more and more hostile towards bishōjo games.In 1989 serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki was arrested and was revealed to be a consumer of lolicon manga, causing widespread opposition to pornographic manga, otaku and anything similar.Sega's popular bishōjo game series Sakura Wars also first saw publication in 1996 for the Sega Saturn; like Tokimeki Memorial, it contained no erotic elements.
However, it was unique in that it contained not only adventure-game elements but also a combat system borrowed from tactical combat games such as Tactics Ogre.
However, low sales make it likely that other companies will stick with the traditional 2D graphics.
Today the industry has grown, with most publishers making releases for Windows, including download-only files.
Prior to 1985, girls were generally drawn either as normally proportioned adults or super deformed children.
Some games involved elements of force and brutality.
Since the late nineties, there has been a trend towards better storytelling in mainstream bishōjo games.