Today the industry has grown, with most publishers making releases for Windows, including download only files.
Some of the least pornographic and most successful also branching off into the console market.
These came to national attention in Japan in 1986 with the release by d B-soft of 177, a game where the player takes the role of a rapist.
This organization tamed down the most objectionable content in the "wild west" of the 1980s.Released in 1994 by Konami who was on the verge of bankruptcy, the platonic dating sim becoming the first major Bishojo game since Koei's release of Night Life. While the title was another eroge title targeted at males for its sexual content, the players began to identify with the protagonist and the idea overcoming "the emotional trials and tribulations of pure love." A late Play Station 2 port removed the sexual content and sold better than the original leading eventually to two anime adaptations. Dōkyūsei, whose gameplay focused on meeting girls and seducing them, established the standard conventions of the dating simulation genre.Tokimeki Memorial, the first dating sim, featured good graphics, full voice acting, and a role-playing game-like gameplay system.Throughout the nineties, bishōjo games underwent an evolution from being one of the most technologically demanding types of games (because their detailed 2D graphics required a large amount of storage space by the standards of early computers) to one of the least (they rarely use 3D graphics).Thus, more than regular games, the main employees required by bishōjo game companies today are not programmers but artists and writers.Games ported to consoles usually have adult content removed.The industry of bishōjo games is closely related to the industry of anime and Japanese manga.The game caused debate in the Japanese parliament and was eventually recalled and re-released with the most controversial scenes removed.The industry gradually moved away from proprietary Japanese hardware to the burgeoning DOS platform, and then later in the decade to Windows.Particularly notable in this respect are Leaf's To Heart (1997), and Key's Kanon (1999).Even though their gameplay involved little more than scrolling through text, they became hits largely due to the quality of their writing and characterization.