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.
In 2001 Tokimeki Memorial 3 became the first bishojo game to break this trend.
However, low sales make it likely that other companies will stick with the traditional 2D graphics.
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.
The bishojo gaming industry has resisted the transition into 3D graphics because of the blocky and distorted nature when viewed zoomed up close.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.The main consoles used for bishōjo games in the nineties were the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast.More recently the Play Station 2 has been the console of choice with a growing number of games for the Play Station Portable and Nintendo DS handhelds.To be accessible to a more mainstream audience, it contained no erotic elements, seeking instead to create a "romantic" atmosphere.