There are other terms, like "affection points" (a slightly different system) which are easy to understand, but "flags" is at least as common as any of those.
What is the reasoning behind the terminology "flag" in this context and where does it originate?
Bishōjo games began to appear in Japan in the beginning days of personal computers.
The first bishōjo game commercialized in Japan appeared in 1982 as Night Life by Koei.
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Anyone familiar with dating sims and romance visual novels will recognize the term "flag" in that context.
I've seen it in many other anime and manga as well, both in Japanese and translated into English.
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.
“My parents thought it was a phase, but I haven’t lost interest yet.” This year, the convention marks its tenth anniversary.
It starts today — Friday, August 7 — and runs until Sunday night at the Palais des congrès. “Otakuthon” is a made-up word: a combination of “otaku” (“fanatic” in Japanese) and “thon” from marathon. It’s a multifaceted celebration of Japanese pop culture, including manga graphic novels, anime-style animation, music, video games and more.