A bishōjo game or girl game is a type of Japanese video game centered on
interactions with attractive anime girls. Although nearly all bishōjo games
involve romantic or sex appeal of some kind, they may or may not be
pornographic. Bishōjo games are a uniquely Japanese phenomenon: they have
virtually no parallel in the American or European video game industries.
They form a sizeable fraction of the Japanese market: the most popular have
sold over a million copies, and they make up the majority of offline PC
games in Japan. Nevertheless, because of real or perceived cultural
differences, few have been translated and no major mass-market release has
yet been attempted outside of East Asia. Thus bishōjo games remain by far
the least known of the major video game genres outside of Japan. Notable
subgenres of bishōjo games are ren'ai games (often called "dating sims")
and H games (often called "hentai games").
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