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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.

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).

Faced with the threat of being forcibly censored out of existence by the government, in 1992 the bishōjo game industry formed the Computer Software Rinri Kikō (meaning "Ethics Organization for Computer Software", and often abbreviated EOCS or Sofu-rin), setting industry guidelines for acceptable content and packaging.

This organization tamed down the most objectionable content in the "wild west" of the 1980s.

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.

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.

(The game's title originates from the number of the Japanese law criminalizing rape.) 177 was not actually the first game designed around this premise, but it was unusually explicit.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.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.The main consoles used for bishōjo games in the nineties were the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast.

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