27 Sep 2007

What is a Bishojo Game?


A bishōjo (bishoujo) game also known as game of beautiful girls is a genre of Japanese video game dealing with interactions with female game characters delivered in graphic style similar to manga or anime. Most bishōjo games involve some semblance of romance or seduction, leaning towards adult versions, which are destinctly not for the faint hearted.

A phenomenon in Japan, Bishoujo games comprise an important segment of the gaming industry there, with some games selling more than a million copies. The bishōjo game industry has little presence outside of Asia, only a few titles have been translated or commercialized for Western audiences. In the West, bishōjo remains one of the least-known genres in the video game industry.

Indepth Bishojo guide on Wikipedia
Jast USA (licensor and distributor of English bishōjo games)
Freetype Bishojo game site
Pete's Bishoujo Games Essential links
renaigames bishojo guide

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13 comments:

gnome said...

Definitely sensing an import chance here... Great post Elderly. Good use a few more screenshots though ;)

The Elderly said...

i agree, but it would be bad example for Seamus.....

gnome said...

Ah, yes, of course... You've got be a role model, dont you?

The Elderly said...

(nods seriously....) it's a major headache responsibility....

gnome said...

I can imagine, but wouldn't really want to...

electric goldfish said...

Hirameki entertainment is also bringing some visual novels over. None of the H variety though.

The Elderly said...

Gnome your his agent, if anyone understands him you must, i gave up after "hello I'm Seamus"

(bows to electric goldfish...pulls up chair...) honoured by your presence and thank you for the information... i'll make tea...

gnome said...

Seamus.... have a seat too mate

Seamus the Leprechaun said...

..?? how did you know I was hiding behind the curtain.... a psychic manager on 12% is a hard act to follow... (sits down....)

The Elderly said...

...12% I still think that's an extremely generous offer Gnome.. considering Seamus' inexperience and all...

gnome said...

Hmmm... well it will rise over time ;)

The Elderly said...

hee hee (rubs hands together gleefully....)

gogeta.maestro said...

hey,

love you site. great article on bishojo. I always thought bishojo is about fighting. This clears up a lot. Is the picture posted with this article is from a game?

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