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.
This organization tamed down the most objectionable content in the "wild west" of the 1980s.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.Both were first released on the PC with erotic scenes, which were subsequently removed in their console ports.The bishojo gaming industry has resisted the transition into 3D graphics because of the blocky and distorted nature when viewed zoomed up close.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).
Thus, more than regular games, the main employees required by bishōjo game companies today are not programmers but artists and writers.
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.
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.
In 2001 Tokimeki Memorial 3 became the first bishojo game to break this trend.