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.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.
The first major title of the 1990s was Tokimeki Memorial,released in 1994 by Konami who was on the verge of bankruptcy, the platonic dating sim becoming the first major bishōjo 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.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.Games ported to consoles usually have adult content removed.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.