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.
Once these games started to catch on, they began to delve into different subjects, and what are people more interested in than love?
For example, if your partner says something like, “I love fruit”.
If you give him/her a watermelon your score (propinquity) will increase. More important than giving the person something nice, is giving that person something they like.
The most terrible part of any date is the dreadful silence. For example: So, it’s pretty obvious which one is the best (option B! Furthermore, remembering this information and using it for gifts, ideas for dates, etc., is extremely important!If it feels like you're playing an RPG, trying to keep track of everyone's feelings about you and giving out presents, that's a Dating Sim.In recent years, there have been many Role Playing Games that incorporate dating sim elements.When you run out of topics to talk about it and sit awkwardly for a few minutes racking your brain for anything to say until you finally blurt out your theory that Chewbacca and Yoda are actually family (no this didn’t happen to me… In many dating sims, your significant other will randomly quiz you on their likes and dislikes, answering correctly will greatly increase your score.Shocking as it may seem, listening, showing interest, and remembering pertinent information about your love interest will convince them of your sincere feelings.While I don’t play dating sims myself, I no longer look down on people who do.I used to buy into the common stereotype that all dating sim players were single men who can’t find a real girlfriend, but after looking into this incredibly interesting genre of gamedom I realize that this stereotype is completely untrue.In fact, many romance games are Visual Novels, which is a much different game style.(See for example, the difference between the series, which is very close to a Visual Novel style of gameplay, and the DOA Xtreme series, which is the closest thing to a true Dating Sim with mass-market appeal in the US.) If the game plays out like a Choose Your Own Adventure, that's a Visual Novel.Dating sims are played by people both young and old, male and female, straight and gay, it is an equal opportunity genre.While dating sims may oversimplify the dating scene, they can be an aid in training people both young and old how to navigate the dangerous waters of love.