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.Anything that helps people connect and forms bonds is okay by me.Dating sims, or relationship simulation role-playing games (RS-RPG), are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.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.Though I’m not entirely sure if this is a romantic, sentimental feeling… Maybe they’re both tied together and I don’t even realize it!Dancing MMOs like Show Up and Hot Dance Party have Relationship System Too It’s interesting to consider how making mechanics and rewards for having a significant other might affect the playerbase in certain games.
It brings to mind a more broad topic, and an interesting question; why don’t more games do this kind of thing?
While bishōjo games make up the bulk of dating sims, other types of games exist.
Games where the player character is female and potential objects of affection are male are known as Gx B or otome games.
By offering players special partnership bonuses within the game, rewards, and whatever else, developers, crafty as ever, find new ways to skim a little more gravy off the top of of the meaty, delicious money-cake that is their playerbase. It could very well be that the implementation of these mechanics was driven by a kind of pure, humanitarian benevolence.
Luna Online has an in-game dating system So that’s cool.Frankly, I would love to be able to have some kind of combat advantage for my boyfriend and I while we plow through things, or special unlockable gear that enables us, when playing together, to cut an even more efficient and bloody swath through the droves of our enemies.