I find them to be a pretty decent way to relax after a long day, but they aren’t the kind of game that really lights a fire in me and gets me playing for 10 hours without stop. From an outsider’s point of view, they look like chick lit for otakus. They seem to be pretty popular with a vast array of internet dwellers, as the massive reactions to RPS’s coverage of Katawa Shoujo show.
It’s hard to pinpoint the actual audience they have.
Do you enjoy the dating games in earnest, or do you take them with a large dose of irony ?
Your Let’s Play are always making fun of the games, and I guess a lot of people enjoy them while they would never touch the games themselves.
Here’s the original interview with the always cheerful Mrs Gallant, the queen of funny dating sims AAR. Angie Gallant : Well, I am a 31 year old mother of one from Texas. I had heard of and seen some of the games targetting men, but Angelique was the first dating sim for women that I heard about.
For the french translation and a brief presentation, this way please. Tokimeki Memorial Girl is right there, Hatoful Boyfriend the pigeon dating-sim is over there, and if you want to know whether Jane Austen’s works translate well in videogames, look no further than her Matches & Matrimony AAR. I’m a cancer survivor, an avid gamer, and I do quality assurance by day and post silly stuff to the internet by night. Even though it wasn’t translated into English, I was fascinated enough with the concept to give it a try, using a Geocities fansite to navigate the Japanese menus.
I like the variety of events and gameplay features they give you, and there’s certainly some very memorable characters. Himuro and Shiba Katsumi, to the aggravation of Saeki, and even the unspeakable terror inspired by the bearer of the pedostache and lurker-in-bushes Amanohashi. They don’t seem that interactive, especially when it comes to visual novels. My taste in dating games leans towards the lifesim side of things, and the more difficult it is to maintain your life/romance balance, the more I like them.
You can also find dating-sim mechanics married to other style of game.
I find that once people find out that it’s not all adult games that devolve into the worst of what the Internet has to offer, a lot of people are interested.
They build on stereotypes, but when they are at their best they avoid being stereotypical. I love the creativity, something like "a dating game.... " just makes me instantly want to jump in feet first.
It’s definitely a genre that benefits from breathing room between games. I was going to say something like "the weirder, the better" but that isn’t always necessarily true.
A lot of RPGs these days have some sort of relationship mechanic, even if the relationships aren’t necessarily romantic, but you can them find turn-based strategy games as well.
I think it’s difficult to say if the visual novel-style dating sims are games or not.