When I first came to Japan in the mid-2000’s, there was one thing that shocked me more than anything else: dating sims (in Japanese these are referred to as ‘ren’ai’ simulations).Now, today because of You Tube and the Internet we all know about dating sims, but back then I had never heard of dating sims, and at first I thought it was really weird and kinda creepy. Generally, the game is played with dialogue trees, with large blocks of text over static backgrounds.But today, I realize that these games provide fun and stress relief to many people, and recently I came across some evidence that Dating Sims can help you to become more successful in relationships. This genre originates with Yuji Horii, He took existing American Adventure games, like Kings Quest, and adapted them to Japanese sensibilities.The grand-daddy of visual novels is The Portopia Serial Murder Case.
However, despite never quite finding a foothold in the West, the Vita has slowly but surely established itself as a competent handheld in Japan.
Once these games started to catch on, they began to delve into different subjects, and what are people more interested in than love?
In a standard dating sim your character, usually a man, is surrounded by potential mates, usually women, and your decisions will affect the score you receive. While most dating sims are geared toward men, especially the more sexually explicit ones, dating sims aimed at a female audience are also very popular.
a genre of video game geared toward women and defined by choose-your-own-adventure romance plots. Like real-life dating apps, many of these games are played on phones and allow users to choose from a selection of male suitors.
Unlike real-life dating apps, the suitors all look like manga characters—and every last one of them wants you.