Dating sims (or dating simulations) are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.
The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.
Collected here are dating sims with the courage - and moreover the - to shatter all barriers with the power of pure love (and raging hormones).
Whether or not you believe dating sims are purely for pervs, you cannot deny the incredible, atypical affairs of the heart on display in these games. Supports the love between: Keiji Inafune's niece and some theme park employees So you're going along, reading the description for Sweet Fuse, and everything seems to be on the up and up. Sadly - perhaps, even, tragically - because you are Keiji Inafune's makebelieve niece you can't date the man himself.
The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.
When the game ends, the player either loses the game if he failed to properly win over any of the girls, or "finishes" one of the girls, often by having sex with her, marrying her (as in Magical Date), and/or achieving eternal love.
They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.
If love can bloom on the battlefield, then by God, it can bloom anywhere it damn well pleases.
Regardless of race, creed, species, plane of existence, or definition of "alive," your perfect match is waiting for you somewhere in the great cosmos.
The term "dating sim" is also often used incorrectly in English as a generic term for romance-driven games (ren'ai games), a subject matter which is stereotypically associated with the visual novel genre.
This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.