The general format for the games usually involves taking on the role of a high school student who advances through several years of school while attempting to forge relationships with a variety of NPCs.Clever dialogue choices aren’t enough to win you the heart of your pixellated beloved, though – you’ll need to build up your parameters and stats, too.In these girl dating games, you build up your charisma and intelligence and go out on dates with different guys.
Perhaps it’s not “cool” to role-play as a character when the aim of the game is to win someone’s heart instead of fighting a war or defeating a dastardly nemesis?
The PC is an open platform with tons of great development tools, making it ideal for small indie developers to target.
Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.
Before I go on about the Japanese Dating Sims, I should point out that the Japanese never called them “Dating Sims”.
They have Bishoujo games (beautiful girls), and Ren’ai (romance) games, both categories do not necessarily mean “dating” as literally as I took it.