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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.
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.
Bishōjo games are similar to Choose Your Own Adventure books in the way of narrative, in which the game tells a story but the player may make choices to change how the story flows. Bishōjo games began to appear in Japan in the beginning days of personal computers.
The first bishōjo game commercialized in Japan appeared in 1982 as Night Life by Koei.
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.
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.
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.
Several prefectures began classifying games as obscene and pulling them off the shelves.
Among early bishōjo adventure games it had a degree of polish that previous games lacked.
It was also the first to have recognizably modern anime-style artwork: its characters had very large eyes and a tiny nose and mouth but were otherwise basically normally proportioned, characteristics which today are found in virtually all bishōjo games.