A bishōjo game (Japanese: 美少女ゲーム, Hepburn: bishōjo gēmu, lit. "pretty girl game"), or gal game (ギャルゲーム, gyaru gēmu, often shortened to "galge"), is "a type of Japanese video game centered on interactions with attractive girls". These games are a subgenre of dating sims targeted towards a heterosexual male audience. Bishōjo games are similar to Choose Your Own Adventure books in the way of narrative, in which the game tells a story but the player may make choices to change how the story flows. Bishōjo games are a uniquely Japanese phenomenon. While in the Western industries, those games can be considered visual novels, the Japanese market for bishōjo games have its own growth unrelated to the Western world. 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, only a few titles of this sort have been translated or commercialized outside of East Asia.
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