It's quite literally a life simulator in which the primary focus of your machinations is to find yourself in a romantic relationship (and, possibly, bed) with someone who takes your fancy.In Japan, dating sims constitute a popular game genre, and are released to cater to all manner of gender, sexuality and taste combinations.You have been warned — but seriously, if this sounds like it would upset you, please don’t play it!
Article by Pete Davison, The term "dating sim" means different things according to who you say it to.
If we're being really picky about it, a "dating sim" in its purest sense is technically a game in which you build up the protagonist's stats in a vaguely RPG-ish manner -- perhaps through some sort of "time scheduling" system -- and then make use of those stats to pursue one or more of the game's romantic interests.
It’s grotesquely inappropriate and likely triggering unless you have the most warped, darkest sense of humor imaginable.
You play Tomoeda, a svelte young university student with a suppressed sadistic side who lands a high-paying job as master to a mansion of very pretty and obliging butlers.
Here in the West, however, we tend to see a fairly limited selection get localized -- and due to the popular (and wildly inaccurate) assumption that male players still make up the majority of the gaming community, they tend to be of the "bishoujo" ("pretty girl") variety aimed squarely at heterosexual males.
Actually, here in the West we have a somewhat more liberal definition of what constitutes a "dating sim." Anything with some sort of relationship mechanic built in tends to be referred to if not as an outright dating sim, then certainly having dating sim elements.It is usually in a visual novel format where choices can be made by the players.While the ultimate goal is to fall in love and get the happy ending, there are times when the game requires the players to meet certain requirements to get the players’ desired ending.Let’s take a look at the English releases we consider noteworthy in some way, both fan translated and official!Everything in the following lists we believe has a reasonable chance of coming out this year.Instead, creator Togo Mito clearly wants you to abuse and degrade the male staff in a hideous cornucopia of sadistic mania that will leave you feeling ashamed, confused and possibly sticky.